There was also a one-day-wonder Red-breasted Merganser that I identified. He was hanging with his ruddy's not his peeps. RBME don't hang with peeps!
Red-breasted Merganser-1st winter male, note the dark green forehead
The impressive Snowy Egrets seemed to be showing off their awesomeness but the Great Horned Owls seemed unimpressed (like always).
Great Horned Owl- Adult on left fledgling on right
Throughout the short time that I observed the owls there was a European Starling that tried hard to make the owls brake.
I felt somewhat bad for the starling as it got rejected by the owls, however the Neotropic Cormorants didn't help, as they ooh'd and heckled at the pore thing.
Yes I know, by now you're thinking that the GRPs are a harsh place, well in some way they are (like nearly getting your car broken into) but take this family of Mallards for instance, they're making it through.
The Glendale Recharge Ponds are an awesome place to bird especially during Spring and Fall migration. With the peak of shorebird-migration coming up in a week or two the birding listserve should be getting some pretty exciting reports. I must thank Mr. John Kafel, Mr. Joe Ford and Mr. Paul Doucett for making these two trips and this post possible!