Although I'm new to the area and not really sure what is supposed to be around, I thought there was more of a fall feel to today with sightings like DARK-EYED JUNCO, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, and DUNLIN.
As the corn disappears and flooded fields become more prominent, waterfowl diversity and crane numbers continue to rise. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have been here for a week now and today I had my first fall flock of leucopareia (Aleutian) CACKLING GEESE.
I started the early morning out at Cosumnes River Preserve where this backlit ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was already awake:
This DARK-EYED JUNCO was my first of the season here in the Central Valley:
On Staten Island, there was a flock of Cackling Geese back from the Aleutians:
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are also back in the area; here is a 1st-winter bird along Woodbridge Road:
I ended the morning with 81 species. Here is the entire list:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Gray Warbler