Cook’s Landing 12/26/2009

Its sunny, cold, and somewhat windy when I arrived at the landing.  I was greeted by three Pied-billed Grebes at the first pond. Surprisingly, they swam toward me. This soon changed of course but I was able to get a few pictures before they got too far away.  At the backwater, I saw first two then three more small Canada Geese. I realized just how small when ducks swam nearby and then I realized I had five Cackling Geese.  However, after studying the pictures I realized I was wrong. As small as they were, the bills were too large.  After some study, I learned that the smallest Canada Goose can be smaller than the largest Cackling Goose.  Bummer.

I then proceeded to walk around the area. It was cold and windy but I saw a few birds, 26 species in all.

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