We’re proud to present another double feature of Jim Gain’s “Learn 100 Common Valley Birds.” Jim’s brief and informative texts help frame his spectacular photos and make learning the common birds around us a welcome opportunity to enjoy the eternal joys of living nature. ed
Great Egret: Learn 100 Common Valley Birds Species #60/100
In California’s San Joaquin Valley, almost anyone can learn 100 local bird species with just a little effort. Almost daily, Valley residents come in contact with at least a dozen species that most recognize, but may not know the name of. The intent of this series is for followers to learn about and be able to identify 100 common valley birds.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
Great Egret – Ardea alba
L. ardea heron (or ardere burns); L. albus white
The widely recognized symbol of the National Audubon Society, the Great Egret is a large wading bird with a striking all-white plumage, long S-shaped neck, and a wingspan of up to 4.8 feet. Its distinctive yellow bill and black legs with black feet make it easily identifiable. During the breeding season, it develops elegant, long plumes on its back, adding to its majestic appearance.
Where to Find Them
Great Egrets can be found in almost any Central Valley habitat, including freshwater wetlands, open fields, and along the edges of drainage ditches, streams, ponds and lakes.
Orange-crowned Warbler: Learn 100 Common Valley Birds Species #61/100
WHAT’S IN A NAME
Orange-crowned Warbler – Leiothlypis celata
Gr. Leiothlypis meaning plain, L. celatus hidden < celare to hide>.
Orange-crowned Warbler is a small, inconspicuous songbird found across North America. Its plumage is primarily yellowish olive-green, making it blend well with its habitat. As the name suggests, the orange crown is a key field mark, although it can be quite subtle and is often concealed.
DISTRIBUTION STATUS IN THE VALLEY
The Orange-crowned Warbler is more readily encountered as a fairly common winter visitor, but is also an uncommon visitor in summer in the Valley and can be found in wet areas with thick, tangled vegetation.