Birding on the Bay, or What’s Black and White with Long, Pink Legs?

On a recent trip to the San Francisco Peninsula from the Sierra foothills across the state, I avoided the congestion of the interstate and took the less traveled route. Winding my way through the Sacramento Valley and Delta, I found my way on Highway 84 through Niles Canyon and across the Dumbarton Bridge. Then I paused to join a friend and walk the trails at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Although it was quite windy, we enjoyed the exercise and a variety of birds. egret untouched This Snowy Egret was showing off in front of my parked car in the mid-afternoon light. What a beauty! snowy egret Nearby, Black-necked Stilts hid their long, pink legs in the blue water while they foraged. black-necked stilt The distinctive birds emerged to dry themselves along the shore. stilts The rewards of venturing out into the wind after hours of driving were worth the effort. What a treasure to find such interesting and beautiful creatures in a semi-wild spot amid the pavement and structures of human civilization.


About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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4 Responses to Birding on the Bay, or What’s Black and White with Long, Pink Legs?

  1. Chris says:

    Thank you for your blog post about our park. I love the photo of the egret “jumping for joy” (sorry, shouldn’t anthropomorphize.
    Chris, for Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park
    (on FB)

  2. janetanncollins says:

    Joan, you really need to combine your bird photos into a picture book or maybe several. They’d even make a good one about ornithology for adults.

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