The high for today was 104 but the low was in the sixties, so we figured it would be cool enough to head out and finally do some birding. We've been dealing with the Carr Fire in our area (you can read my post about it here) and besides the sweltering summer heat, it's been too smoky to do anything outdoors anyway.
We haven't been to our local refuge since April and gosh, I sure have missed it! I didn't take many landscape shots like I usually do because it's so smoky that you can't even see the beautiful mountains that surround the valley. So depressing.
I'm really glad we decided to take a drive through the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge auto tour because birding truly invigorates my soul (as corny as it might sound) and we really needed something positive in our lives after these past couple of weeks.
The only other time we've gone birding at sunrise was at Llano Seco (you can read those posts here) and I'm happy to report that Sacramento NWR didn't disappoint either!
There are more shorebirds in the queue for this week, so be sure to come back tomorrow!
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