A male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was found on the American River and so we went to check it out. It's been aggressively displaying to a female COMMON MERGANSER (and no, she hasn't seemed impressed):
Oh, I took a digiscoped picture using my new phone of this sleeping GREAT BLUE HERON. Digiscoping with it is quite difficult but I look forward to when Kowa comes out with a case adapter for it:
checklist for the visit.
On a recent visit to Elk Grove Regional Park, we found this male intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER:
Anyway, we also connected with BROWN CREEPER which can sometimes be tricky to find in county. Our list for EGRP is here.
We went to Folsom Point hoping to see some new year birds; we succeeded in just that. We added COMMON LOON, EARED GREBE, CLARK'S GREBE, and ROCK WREN. Also, the ACORN WOODPECKERS there are quite tame:
There's been a few RED-TAILED HAWKS hanging around the apartment lately. Above it, mostly. As one would expect, both of these are calurus, or "Western", Red-tailed Hawks. You can tell on the following adult light bird by the dark throat (adult eastern RTHAs have a whitish throat):
This is considerably older than most of the CACG I resight there so I consider myself lucky to have gotten something a little interesting. Additionally, several other geese I saw yesterday morning were banded only 2-3 months ago. And yes, some of those geese are not even a full year old yet.