I was just hit in the face with the fact that I haven’t posted an update here since MAY! I have this bad habit of getting a summer job and becoming so busy and exhausted that I have no time or interest in doing any of the hobbies that actually keep me sane. And that was what happened here. I was working at the Oakland Zoo and my employment ended last Friday and now I’m playing catch-up with my life basically. Here are some pictures of birds (and a few other things) from the last couple of months, when I didn’t have the energy to even upload them to flickr. Ha.
Sweep Commander and the mysterious Lake Merritt Rooster
He’s got a flock of geese he runs with
You didn’t know that cormorants were perching birds??
Poor juvie. Be careful with your fishing line guys!
Mourning dove at the Oakland Zoo.
Mare Island osprey
Common gallinule, juvenile
Waterbird party! GBH, Mallards, adult Common Gallinule
White Pelicans over Coyote Hills
Loggerhead Shrike, Coyote Hills
Juvenile Anna’s? Female Anna’s? Hummingbirds are a bit of a mystery to me
American Goldfinch, Oakland Zoo
Bullock’s Orioles, Knowland Park/Oakland Zoo
They had several nests in the education department courtyard
Brown Creeper, Knowland Park/Oakland Zoo
Fighting with Mourning Doves for the title of bird I saw the most of this summer
By far the best part of my job this summer: staff enrichment!
Oh you know, just hand-feeding some lemurs
Gus is an 120 year old Aldabra Tortoise
So there’s a little whirlwind photographic tour of the bits of birding I did in the past two and a half months.
Next up: Alameda Island terns.