Marlowe just started birding a couple of years ago. Her life list was sitting at 199 after I showed her where to find a Hooded Oriole and Cassin's Kingbird in San Marcos. She was about to add several more species she had never seen before.
Marlowe's photos can be found on her blog: Marlowe's Bird Lists and Photos: "Trip to Southern California."
We spotted a duck-like bird with a red bill swimming in the river. Marlowe wasn't sure what it was, and I didn't tell her.
|"What in the world could THAT be?"|
If it doesn't have a flat bill like a duck, and doesn't have webbed feet like a duck, it must not be a duck! Marlowe then decided it might be in the rail family. But I didn't help her any more than that. The ID would be her homework. I do that sometimes.
This wasn't her only new bird. But I bet she remembers this first sighting for many years.
|Common Gallinule. Oceanside, California. May 24, 2015. Greg Gillson.|