Posted by: atowhee | August 7, 2009

Central Valley migration is on

The early moving shorebirds are definitely moving through the Central Valley.  As I drove north on I-5 Wednesday, here’s one picture I took at the Maxwell Rest Stop:IMG_9173

Long-billed Dowitcher wades across irrigation pond, Maxwell Rest Stop.

 

 

 

IMG_9176Western Sandpiper in the same pond.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9182Left to right: Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, LB Dowitcher.

 

 

 

 

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IMG_9174Long-billed Dowticher to the left.  Stilt to right.

SACRAMENTO REFUGE

It’s far too early for waterfowl migrants at the Sacramento Refuge, but other good watching is possi ble even in August.  Dozens of White Pelicans.  The dark arched forms of White-faced Ibis floating over the tules.  Westernb Meadowlarks and a family of Western Kingbirds in the dry grasslands that will be flooded by the end of this year.  And a convergence of egrets on the otherwise empty road.  They stared hard at the only car they might see all day.Egret Convergence

IF IF YOU’RE DRIVING I-5 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, HERE’S A BIRDER’S ITINERARY.

Location:     Sacramento Wildlife Refuge
Observation date:     8/5/09
Number of species:     19

Mallard     40
Ring-necked Pheasant     5
Pied-billed Grebe     30
American White Pelican     130
Double-crested Cormorant     4
Great Blue Heron     3
Great Egret     60
Snowy Egret     35
White-faced Ibis     16
Turkey Vulture     1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)     1
American Kestrel     1
Killdeer     3
Mourning Dove     2
Black Phoebe     2
Western Kingbird     6
Barn Swallow     30
Western Meadowlark     12
Lesser Goldfinch     2


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