Today’s photos come from biologist Joe Dickinson, who needed an escape from Halloween. His captions, IDs, and explanations follow:
A Halloween escape down the coast (because our d*g is driven crazy by the doorbell or even just a knock) yielded only a couple of decent wildlife photos, including the last in this set (setting sun with pelican), so I decided to put together a collection of favorites featuring birds at sunrise/sunset.
First are some sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) settling in for the night on the South Platte River in Central Nebraska.
Here are some the bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that gather to winter at Farmington Bay, a freshwater area created south of a railroad causeway across the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
A silhouetted eagle in that same area.
And a hawk, probably a northern harrier (Circus hudsonius), again in the same area.
I believe this is a marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa). It’s at Stinson Beach, north of San Francisco.
My notes say this is a willet (Tringa semipalmata), also at Stinson Beach.
Gulls, probably mostly western (Larus occidentalis) by the mouth of Aptos Creek at Seacliff Beach, where I walk most mornings.
My notes say white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons) at that same refuge.
Assorted coots, ducks and geese, same refuge. Hard to be more specific given the lighting.
Cormorants, probably double crested (Phalacrocorax auritus), back at Aptos Creek.
And finally, a couple of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) flying into the sunset. The first is at Cambria, on the central coast, a few years ago and the other is this Halloween at a little town called Marina between Monterey and Santa Cruz.