social distancing, park, photo 

This bird's new to me: apparently it's an American pipit, also known as a buff-bellied pipit, a small ground-nesting insectivore. I spotted several of them walking around in the grass next to a bike path that's just been closed down, though I could see them from the sidewalk with a zoom lens.

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A common House perched on what looks like bougainvillea. It sounded like there were a lot of them in there, but I could only see one.

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A dove spotted this morning. I just walked around the neighborhood and most of the birds I spotted were on cables like this.

Might be a mourning dove, turtle dove, or collared dove. If you happen to know, feel free to chime in at :

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Finally recovered enough from the flu to get out for a walk in the neighborhood (while that's still an option).

I think this first bird (possibly a goldfinch?) was trying to practice social distancing, though the crow in the third photo seems to be doing a better job. The house finch was such a bright red that I thought it had to be another kind of bird until I looked at the photos.

I saw three of these shorebirds skimming along the waves. A little later, I saw this one poking around, no doubt hunting for dinner.

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Tiny channels in the sand, where water was flowing back out to sea after each incoming wave.

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Some parts of the marsh are colorful this time of year. Grass has grown, wildflowers are starting to peek out. Others...not so much. But at least the wooded parts look less bleak than the open ponds.

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Another shot of from the same hike, closer to the parts of the marsh with water. The purple/white flowers are wild radish.

This one works better when viewed at a larger size. I think I like the yellow fiddlenecks shot better because it works at a smaller size too.

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When I parked for a hike at the marsh preserve, I discovered that I hadn't actually put my camera in my backpack as I'd intended. So I decided to see what I could do with my phone camera, which mostly meant landscapes and plants.

Repeating curve pattern on a hotel wall. Not the first time I've tried to take a photo of it, but I think I like the soft lighting on this one, taken while this section was in the shade, but still very well lit by indirect sunlight.

On Pokemon Go, it's a gym known as "Recursive Walls."

Black Phoebe silhouette.

I could *hear* the bird singing, but had to really look before I could finally spot it.

Sometimes it's worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture this view yesterday.

(Incidentally: yes, there are signs and light poles inside the pond. The park doubles as a flood control basin.)

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