We were on our way to the Sacramento NWR, cruising County Road P in Willows (a back road that runs parallel to Interstate 5), when we drove up on something unexpected...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
High Voltage Cormorant
Birding Fact #1: You never know what you're going to see when you go birding.
Monday, February 27, 2017
After the Flood Part 3
Sunday, February 26, 2017
After the Flood Part 2
Tomorrow I'll post some photos of our first ever Cooper's Hawk!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
After the Flood Part 1
Can you believe the color of these Eared Grebe's eyes? They look ready to shoot lasers out of them or something!
Tomorrow I'll post some more photos from our trip...
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Rain, Rain, Go Away
It's still raining...
Last year we experienced one of the most severe droughts California's ever seen. And now, fast forward a few months, and my birding expeditions have been put on hold due to the extreme flooding. All of our local refuges are closed (or at least the roads leading to them are), the Oroville Dam is threatening to overflow, and the I-5 freeway is flooded. Even Maxwell, the little town where we saw the Vermilion Flycatcher, is underwater :(
We've been on such a roll with our Big Year that it's hard not to be a little disappointed. Which sounds a little strange coming from me because I love the rain. Well, usually I do. Now that we don't need it anymore and it's causing so much havoc, I want it to stop so I can go out and spot some more birds!
Nature (and life in general!) sure have a way of going from one extreme to the other!
While we wait for clear skies and dry roads, I'll be curled up with a book, or in my writing cave working on my new novel...
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Gray Day at Gray Lodge Part 6
Gray Lodge WA last week, but we also saw our very first Wood Ducks!
We've been looking for a wood duck forever and I still can't believe we actually saw some. We were on the walking trail and they were really far away in this orange mucky stuff, mixed in with some gadwalls and mallards.
I wish I could have gotten some clearer photos, but, like I said, they were waaaay off the beaten path, hanging out in a secluded spot that you couldn't even see from the auto tour.
Now that we've checked this particular duck off our lifelist, I guess it's time to move on to a different elusive species. I think we'll start diligently looking for a loon and some more types of owls.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Gray Day at Gray Lodge Part 5
There were plenty of raptors at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area last week. In fact, we even got to see some red-shouldered hawks!
And let's not forget the red-tailed hawks. We see a million of them at the SacNWR, but that didn't make them any less exciting when we spotted them at Gray Lodge!
Tomorrow, in the last Gray Lodge post, I'll show you our most magnificent bird sighting yet!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Gray Day at Gray Lodge Part 4
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area:
I hope we get to see an Eared Grebe in the summertime when they get their awesome plumage.
This Ruddy Duck's bill is already starting to turn blue and it's still wintertime!
Look how small he is compared to the Mallard...
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