Posted by: atowhee | January 13, 2013

GUEST GALLERY: SACRAMENTO VALLEY

These photos were taken during a recent birding trip to the Sacramento Valley by my daughter, Julie. Some show the beauty of late afternoon as the sun sets west of the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge. cin teal

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hofi The five photos above: pair of Cinnamon Teal Gadwall (top); Sandhill Cranes along Woodbridge Road; Greater White-fronted Geese; Harrier with Snow Goose quartet overhead; House Finches.
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Look carefully in the forewaster of the crowd below, that smallest goose is a Ross’s among the larger, heavier-beaked Snow Geese. Sacramento NWR is the best place to see Ross’s Goose in winter. In April most of the world’s population stops in Malheur on its way north. The Ross’s Goose is very uncommon on this side of the Cascades any time of year. They breed in north central Canada, west of Hudson Bay.*
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* Range map for Ross’s Goose, copied from Birds of NOrth America online:image_large


Responses

  1. Great photos.

  2. Very nice pheasant shot! Plus your flying photos are much improved.


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