We usually don't make many visits to our local wildlife refuges in the summer because the triple-digit temps here in the Sacramento Valley can be brutal. Luckily, we had a cooler day (yes, we consider 95 "cool") and decided to take a drive through the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
I'm so glad we did! There was much more water than I thought there'd be and everything was green, green, green!
We saw Black Phoebe
, Western Kingbird
, Mourning Dove
, Wild Turkey
, Ring-necked Pheasant
and the biggest gathering of herons we've ever seen...
The birds were extremely cooperative with having their picture taken on this particular day and that's always a big plus!
We had such a nice drive through the auto tour that we decided not to let the heat keep us away from our favorite places from here on out.
I usually don't take photos of Turkey Vultures
because they kind of creep me out, but we spotted this juvenile and he was actually kind of cool looking!
So, the moral of the story is to not let the blazing, unrelenting sun keep you from doing the things you love!
P.S. There were A TON of wildflowers blooming all over the refuge, too! I'll be posting more picks of the colorful flowers we saw in Colusa over on my travel blog Vaughn the Road Again
Let's go birding!
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