Turns out, they can frequent the Sacramento River and I found a couple of articles online talking about how the sea lions are taking a bite out of the salmon numbers in those rivers. Either way, I was pretty shocked to see one here. Here are some pics:
Here is a map of exactly where I saw it. You can zoom in with the controls to have a better idea of how in the middle-of-no-where I really was:
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While on the topic of mammals though, I was also happy to see this NORTHERN RIVER OTTER in a flooded potato field on Staten Island as well:
The resident BURROWING OWL was active and curious as ever this morning at Staten:
Along the theme I previously posted about, I also had this SWAINSON'S HAWK circling over Staten Island today:
Other raptors were circling today as well including these two RED-TAILED HAWKS:
In scanning the goldeneye flock on the canal between Bouldin and Staten islands, I spotted what I'm calling a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (on the right side of the flock). There was no sign of the male I saw at the same location a couple of days ago.
These WHITE-FACED IBIS were more tame than usual...
...whereas this flock of CACKLING GEESE along with a ROSS'S GOOSE was not: