Posted by: atowhee | December 28, 2009

Forget valley girls, how about some valley birds?

Tundra Swans and Greater White-fronted Geese in flooded rice paddies northeast of Sacramento.

Three juvenile swans in a line.  Also present were numerous Shovelers and Pintails.  This is the area from Lincoln to Chico, east of Interstate 5.  Butte, Yuba and Placer County lowlands.    In some pools the geese predominated.

Also in the Central Valley, seen from our car: Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, Harrier, Kestrel, Meadowlarks, Blue Heron, Great Egret, numerous Turkey Vultures, Western Bluebirds.  We sawa lone Yellow-billed Magpie south of Chico.   There were Lewis’s Woodpeckers both near Yreka and in Butte County south of Chico.

We spent the Christmas weekend around Lake Tahoe, above 6000′.  Not many birds winter there: one Black-billed Magpie at South Lake Tahoe, Ravens, RB Nuthatches, Mountain Chickadees, Flicker, Steller’s Jays, Red-tailed Hawks, Starlings galore, Canada Geese and Mallards.  Skiers and gamblers were abundant.

Location:     Butte County
Observation date:     12/27/09
Number of species:     19

Greater White-fronted Goose     4000
Tundra Swan     5000
Northern Shoveler     1000
Northern Pintail     2000
Great Egret     15
Turkey Vulture     30
White-tailed Kite     1
Northern Harrier     1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California)     3
Red-tailed Hawk     6
American Kestrel     2
Ring-billed Gull     150
Yellow-billed Magpie     1
American Crow     25
Common Raven     2
Western Bluebird     6
European Starling     75
Red-winged Blackbird     30
Brewer’s Blackbird     80

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