Sunday, May 19, 2019

NorCal Birding ☼ Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge California
You know you've had a good day of birding when you come away with over 500 photos!

We saw so many different birds during our latest drive through the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge that I had to split up all the footage into a few different videos.
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge California

Today's video includes: Great Blue Heron, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-necked Stilt, Prairie Falcon, White-faced Ibis, Marsh Wren, White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorant, Western Kingbird, Black Phoebe, Western Meadowlark, Snowy Egret, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, and even some Pond Turtles!


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☼ Happy Birding ☼
Rachelle


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lassen Birding Firsts

Every time we walk around beautiful Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, we have such a wonderful time! The bird sightings are just a bonus to all the breathtaking scenery and crisp mountain air. Well, this time we spotted some special birds for the first time ever and I'm thrilled to add three new names to our lifelist.

First up, the Evening Grosbeaks around the lake were the stars of the show. Imagine my excitement when this beauty posed for us and ate some forest floor snacks off the ground right in front of us!


 This guy is so cool he's gotta wear shades!
If it weren't for this beauty's lively song, I never would have looked up and spotted its flash of bright yellow in the tree above me. One shiny new Western Tanager sighting...Check.
 And finally, here is my first-ever Red-breasted Sapsucker...
They might not be the greatest bird photos I've ever taken, but hey, they're good enough to allow me to identify him and that's all that matters!

Watch this Evening Grosbeak in action...


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Moment of Zen ☼ Black-necked Stilts at Sacramento NWR

Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful Black-necked Stilts of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in northern California...



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Birding at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area ☼ Gridley, California

The Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is one of my favorite places to go birding in northern California. Between the wide variety of birds and the picturesque views of the Sutter Buttes, this area definitely makes my short list of birding hotspots.

Birds featured in the video from our recent visit include American White Pelicans, Bewick's Wren, Black Phoebe, Spotted Towhee, Greater Yellowlegs, White-faced Ibis, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Phainopepla, Brewer's Blackbird, Western Scrub-Jay, Cinnamon Teal, Marsh Wren, Tri-colored Blackbird, Western Kingbird, Killdeer, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Turkey Vultures. Phew! That's a lot of birds!


You can find all of my posts about Gray Lodge HERE.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

My Backyard Say's Phoebe Returns

This adorable little Say's Phoebe keeps returning to my backyard on a regular basis, so I've decided it's time to give him/her a name. Any suggestions?



Who needs a bug zapper when you've got your own flycatcher?!


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Phaino-what?!

Boy, oh boy, it's been a long time since I've been able to add a new bird to my lifelist! I'm happy to report that we saw something new (and rare to the area) at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Drumroll please...

May I present Phainopepla!


I didn't even know how to say it and had to look it up! It's pronounced fey-ahy-noh-pep-luh.


We saw a few birds flittering around in the trees and I thought they were probably just blackbirds until one of them flew and we noticed the white on the wings. Never assume anything while you're birding!

The second we heard it's call, we knew it was a bird we hadn't encountered before. We were able to get some decent photos and had no idea what this bird could be. It wasn't even on my radar!


Birding is such a great adventure. You never know what you might find and it might even be a bird with a mowhawk and red eyes!

Stay tuned next week for the video from our visit to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area...


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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Wildflower Super Bloom on a Super Windy Day ☼ Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge 2019


We ventured out in the wind to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and it turned out to be one of our best visits yet. This time was also different because we went in the afternoon instead of our usual sunrise adventure. Let me tell you, the refuge does not disappoint at any hour of the day!

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge northern California

We saw Double-crested Cormorants, Western Kingbirds, Northern Shovelers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black Phoebe, Cinnamon Teal, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets and a whole bunch of other "great" birds. They were all battling against the gusting wind, hanging onto their perches for dear life, and looking extra spectacular with their breeding plumage blowing all around.

This video might be my favorite one yet!



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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Springtime at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

It feels weird not posting the photos from our spring visit to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, but I added them into the video below along with all the footage we took and I'm really happy with how it turned out. (I'll be posting the photos on social media, so you can see them on Twitter and Instagram, too.) It was easy to take fantastic photos when the rising sun and full moon seemed to make everything glow at the refuge.

We saw a variety of different birds, including Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret, Black Phoebe, Tree Swallow and Marsh Wren, just to name a few. Ducks were out in abundance with plenty of Bufflehead, Rind-necked and Northern Shovelers. And not everything at the refuge has wings! There were also black-tailed deer, western pond turtle, and black-tailed jackrabbits.

I only hope that my video does justice to the natural beauty of the refuge...


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Springtime is Blooming at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge northern California

Spring has sprung and we're driving through the auto tour at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, looking for birds and wildflowers. And I'm happy to report that we found both!

Birds in the video include Great Egret, Western Meadowlark, Northern Shoveler, Black Phoebe, Cinnamon Teal, and the Snowy Egrets were the real showstoppers! Be sure to watch to the end of the video for a sample of the crazy song of the Great-tailed Grackle...



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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge ☼ Pine Creek Unit

The Pine Creek Unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to hear songbirds while you walk the beautiful trail loop. We spotted a pair of Western Bluebirds, California Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrows, an Osprey in its nest and much more!



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Monday, April 15, 2019

🚨 Awesome Bird Sighting Alert!

I always try to post my best photos, but I had to make an exception with this Green Heron we spotted at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.
This is only the third time we've ever seen a Green Heron and I went to Gray Lodge specifically to see one because I know they live in the canal next to the nature trail. Sure enough, we saw one and tried to creep up on it, but it didn't want to cooperate and flew off.
Oh well. There's always next time. I just think these herons are one of the coolest birds I've ever seen and I'll take a fuzzy photo over none at all!


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Logan Creek Trail ☼ Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Logan Creek Trail Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
We walked the Logan Creek Trail at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge at sunrise and it was pretty spectacular!

The wildflowers were just starting to bloom and we saw so many different birds. The second we got out of the car, we heard American Bitterns in the marsh, accompanied by Black Phoebes, Red-winged Blackbirds and Ring-necked Pheasants. During the three mile walk, we had several Bitterns fly out from the reeds that we didn't even know were there.
The peacefulness of the sun rising up and the clouds blowing across the sky was beautiful even without the lovely sounds of the birds and geese.
This part of the refuge is only open from February 15th - June 30th, so we will definitely be returning in a couple weeks once the weather clears up again!
Logan Creek Trail Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

I put together a video from our visit to show you just how picturesque this area is...


Here's the link to the brochure and map for this trail. We took Loop A, but you can also take Loop B which adds on two more miles to the walk.


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Male American Kestrel ☼ Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

We were on our way home from the Lower Klamath NWR and pulled into the auto tour for one last look...and guess what we saw! A kestrel having a snack!
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
 Gosh, this guy's beautiful coloring sure was putting on a show!
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
(Don't watch the video if you're squeamish!)



Sunday, April 7, 2019

Relaxing Birds Video ☼ Over an Hour of Birds in Nature ☼ Ambient Music

Sit back and relax...

Enjoy this collection of beautiful birds filmed at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges set to relaxing music...



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