The wetlands lived up to their name on Saturday.
This Saturday between rain showers I would classify the wetlands at Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve as highly soggy. The water level were as high as I have ever seen them.
Saw a Great Egret or two.
There were Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Great Blue Herons wading in the wetlands.
The male Northern Harrier hunting. The Male is gray.
Northern Harriers are commonly seen at Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary,and at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. They used to be called Marsh Hawks because that is were they are usually seen. The male is gray and the female is brown, but both have a white area on the rump. The face is owl-like. They fly low to the ground or water, looking for prey. The pair I saw was hunting almost the entire time I was there. Every now and then, they would find a dry spot and sit in the pickleweed. They often sit on the ground or a low perch. Northern Harriers are also known to perch higher up.
It was cold. And muddy. There wasn't much out. I saw a Say's Phoebe at a distance, but couldn't get close enough for a picture.
Notice Cinnamon highlights
and undertail coverts.
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