I ventured up into Gates Canyon midday today to see what was happening. Gates Canyon is in Solano County and is about an hour west of here:
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I started by revisiting the spot I saw a Northern Pygmy-Owl at last year. No luck with the owl but the highlight of the day happened here all the same; a MOUNTAIN QUAIL start calling from the side of the canyon. Although I never saw the bird, it was great to hear it and have it so close. I don't think I've heard this species more than 5 times in my life.
There were other things around, of course, including this CALIFORNIA TOWHEE:
I don't get to spend too much time with ACORN WOODPECKERS living in the bottom of the Central Valley. They CAN be found at a couple of spots but usually they stay up in the foothills and over on the coast. This bird seemed at home on a telephone pole:
Fitting into the same category is the STELLER'S JAY. These don't occur in Sacramento County with any regularity:
And yes, even the WILD TURKEYS were enjoying the spring day with temps in the 80s:
I may have been more interested in what butterflies were around than what birds, in truth. The nice warm temps seemed to really liven things up.
I ended the day with 11 species:
Western Tiger Swallowtail
First up, a MYLITTA CRESCENT:
A MOURNING CLOAK:
And here are two awful pictures of a flying PACIFIC ORANGETIP (this was actually a new species for me):