You See What You See

Whenever I recommend a birding site to someone, I try to describe what they MIGHT see, depending on when they visit.  I also warn that they will probably see different birds (or no birds) at different times of the day or the year.

Truthfully, even two birders riding together in a car looking out different windows are likely to see different birds or animals than the person they’re riding next to.  For instance, on our visit to Colusa I got this shot of a White-Faced Ibis that Leslie didn’t see.

Right around the corner she got a shot of a Double-Crested Cormorant in breeding colors that I never spotted.

I got a shot of a Great Egret fluffing its feathers, 

and she got a shot of two Wild Turkeys.

I couldn’t miss seeing the large Night Heron Rookery, but only Leslie could actually take pictures of it since it’s nearly impossible to hand-hold a 400 mm lens while pointing it out the opposite car window.

But that was okay because Leslie didn’t get to see the little Pied-Billed Grebe that popped up on my side of the car.

You never really know what you’re going to see while birding, but I do know that you never see the birds we saw at Colusa NWR while sitting at home on the couch.