05 November 2011

Sat, Nov. 5

Today started out with this ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD at my feeders:

We then headed up to Capay Cemetery near the town of Esparta:
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We were impressed with the overall bird activity.  We found at least two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, one of them pictured below:

HERMIT THRUSHES were common as well including this one that didn't mind being out in the open as we walked under:

We were also happy to track down at least one RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER tucked behind the foliage:

There were other woodpeckers around though including this NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER:

After that, we decided to drive down the road a mile or two to see if the previously-reported BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was still around.  It was.  We pulled over at the spot and saw the bird from our car within a minute or two:
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The pictures are distant but unmistakable of this second Yolo County record:

We decided to drive up along Putah Creek, a place we have seen reports come from.  It was a pretty neat corridor, I'd definitely like to check it out more often.  Anyway, we saw another RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER:

Also this BAND-TAILED PIGEON was one of several that we stumbled on during our short exploration:

And hey, why not snap a picture of a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE just to remind myself that we are indeed in central California:

Lastly, we looked for MOUNTAIN PLOVERS northwest of Rio Vista and managed to find a flock of 35 in a disked field south of Flannery Road.  Here is a map of the location:
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