Toad in the Hole

December 31, 2006

Otter Party!

We celebrated New Year's Eve Eve yesterday with Emma by driving up to her place in Vacaville, eating and drinking, piling in the car and taking all our binocs to Lake Solano and seeing, among other delights, these otters, and then going back to her place and eating and drinking some more. My kind of day!

Go to the Flickr site for more of them and zoom on each to actually see something besides brown slugs. These are the raw photos; I do believe I have plenty of pixels there for cropping and zooming and sharpening. Those little boogers move fast.

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It was a group of five, probably family, and there was much nipping and wrassling and chirping and yelping and general carrying-on. We watched them for a good five minutes or more after Emma first spotted them, and then again for another ten or so on the way back when they popped up again in the same general stretch.

We had a couple of green herons, too, and great blues and both local egrets; lots of buffleheads; five or so hooded mergansers including an adult drake; mallards and wigeon and Canada geese; ruby-crowned (and one golden-crowned) kinglets of course; black phoebes, robins, scrub jays; kingfishers. Nice day on the lake.

On the drive: big flock of turkeys; emu (OK, they're chickens, but they're big chickens); Say's phoebe, mourning doves, big meadowlark flocks; kestrels, redtails, and TVs, yadda yadda. Hm, that counting reflex sticks around well after Christmas.

Posted at December 31, 2006 05:36 PM


You forgot the llamas!

Posted by: Emma G at December 31, 2006 08:28 PM

Oh lleah! Llamas!

Posted by: Ron at January 1, 2007 02:17 AM

Oh what fun. They always make me smile, in the same way that dolphins make me smile.

Meanwhile, we were down in your neck of the woods, visiting family...

Posted by: Pica at January 1, 2007 02:27 AM

And we just spent the evening partying with your guy Warren Roberts. Small and interestingly convoluted world!

Posted by: Ron at January 1, 2007 10:07 AM

We were up in the moutains, where it was bitter cold and not much was stirring besides a few coyotes. Much as I love coyotes, maybe next time we'll go to Vacaville instead.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Vera Horiuchi at January 1, 2007 05:04 PM