03 December 2011

Lazy Saturday

I didn't get out early today, instead we spent the late afternoon at a couple local spots here in Sacramento County.  We visited the short, public loop at Stone Lakes NWR as well as the Cosumnes River Preserve.

I typically don't post entire lists from outings, I usually find them annoying.  However, before long we noticed we were amassing a little bit of a day list.  If nothing else, one can get a good grasp on what's common in our area.  So here are our 70 species from this afternoon:

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Common Goldeneye
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Least Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Oak Titmouse
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch

I didn't take many pictures of birds (dragonflies took most of my attention).  However, I did capture a couple of species.

First up is this COMMON GALLINULE along with a PIED-BILLED GREBE:

Next, we have a HERMIT THRUSH:

Last but not least, there were a couple of PURPLE FINCHES in an Ash tree.  Here is one: