Oaks Bottom.

I had been wanting to get over to Oaks Bottom to check out the shorebird scene, and when I got a hot tip on an owl, well I wanted to get over there even more.  Yesterday morning I arrived bright and early.


 There were lots of birds on the mud...far away...  A few yellowlegs were closest to me...


Are these all Lessers?  I realize these are not the best photos for ID.  Along the trail I found some Bushtits in the middle of a bath party...


This next bird was hopping around a tree and at the time I thought it was a young Bewick's Wren.  But it was hopping around near a Brown Creeper so maybe that's what it is? 


There was lots of other cool stuff on the trail...


I have no clue what was going on with those slugs, but I like to think they came together to make a gelatinous slug baby.  And is that a baby snake?  It was dead and adorable at the same time.  The park itself is right next to Oaks Amusement Park, hence the ferris wheel. 

So no owl yesterday morning.  I informed my sources of my owl fail and the sources came back with more information...  I could not resist trying again this morning.


Yep, I got STELLAR views of this Western Screech-Owl...


Ha.  Well it was better than no view at all!  Good times!