Ash and I took a spin to some local areas today. We first birded at Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County. We then checked a field or two on Staten Island in San Joaquin County. We finished up at Stone Lakes NWR just to the SW of where we live in Elk Grove.
We spent about 4 hours out and tallied 91 species:
Greater White-fronted Goose
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
As the day list winded down, I realized there were several species we missed that I might have expected. Things like White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Common Raven, Cattle Egret, Yellow-billed Magpie, Lesser Goldfinch, and Loggerhead Shrike.
Here are some pictures from the day. First up, a NORTHERN SHOVELER at Cosumnes:
I really like this photo of a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, mainly for the debris up in the air from the kicking action:
I took a picture of a SONG SPARROW and didn't realize until making this blog that it was banded. I'll have to do some digging to figure out what's the story with this guy:
I don't see HERMIT THRUSHES every day. This one was at Cosumnes as well.
I had just finished complaining how I thought we were going to miss WRENTIT today. Soon after, we heard the little "pig grunts"coming from the nearby brush: