Sunday, November 25, 2018

Lake Birding

We spotted so many birds around the lakes during our Summit Lake Loop Trail in Lassen!
Lots of juvenile White-crowned Sparrows were hanging out next to Lower Twin Lake...

It isn't often that I get two birds to pose for me next to each other!
For photos of the lakes we saw during our latest hiking adventure, please visit my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again...

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Hiking Birder

Here are more photos of some of the mountain birds we spotted during our hike in Lassen. For pics and info about our hiking adventures, click over to my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again!
Clark's Nutcracker

Cassin's Finch

Dark-eyed Junco

Black-backed Woodpecker

Friday, November 23, 2018

Nuthatch Sighting

If you've ever tried to take a photo of a nuthatch, you know how quick these little birds can be! So, while we were hiking in Lassen and hubby spotted this White-breasted Nuthatch, we were excited to see that most of the photos actually turned out!

lassen bird

To find out more about our latest hike on the Summit Lake Loop Trail, please visit my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Loopy Birds

We recently went on our most ambitious hike yet (in Lassen on the Summit Lake Loop Trail) and were happy to see quite a few birds!

Clark's Nutcracker

Cassin's Finch

Lassen Volcanic National Park birds

Dark-eyed Junco
You can find all the photos from our adventurous hike over on my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Birding at Ridge Lakes

Our latest hiking adventure in Lassen Volcanic National Park was to Ridge Lakes! After an incredibly scenic sunrise hike, we sat by the lake, ate our lunch and spotted a Red-tailed Hawk a ways up the mountain...

 He soared over the ridge for a bit, looking for a lunch of his own...
The sound of Red-breasted Nuthatches echoes through the park, but they don't always cooperate when it comes to posting for photos. This American Robin, however, was kind enough to let me take his picture...
For photos of beautiful Ridge Lakes (and their mirror-like reflections) and the surrounding mountains, please visit my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again...

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Still Birding in the Rain

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow

There are some great views from the platform on the auto tour at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge...

Snowy Egret

Black-necked Stilts

Northern Shovelers

Saturday, November 3, 2018

More Birding in the Rain

Rain doesn't keep this determined birder away from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge!
Last month, I was so excited to spot a Say's Phoebe in my backyard birdbath and then I saw one first thing on the auto tour at the refuge!

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Fall colors at the refuge are pretty...

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Male Ring-necked Pheasants

Song Sparrow

This deer was frozen like a statue and looks a bit more like a donkey than a deer I think!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Birding in the Rain

These aren't the greatest photos I've ever taken at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, but in my defense, we got caught in the rain and had to cut our visit short!
(You can view the video from our visit on my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again.)
When the sky is this beautiful, it doesn't matter that there wasn't enough light for my camera!

 This Swainson's Hawk was the star of the show on the auto tour...

We'll go on the wetlands walk next time!
Tomorrow's post will include the bird we saw at the refuge that we've also seen in our backyard birdbath!