Posted by: atowhee | January 31, 2016


This was my last day at the Chico Goose Festival.  Today was waterfowl, I did a duck talk and then a duck walk.  The highlights of the day for me were male Pintails in good light and close at hand, followed by, cranes just twenty yards outside the car window–all around Llano Seco.PIN BEAUT (1280x960) PIN BEAUT2 (1280x960) PIN FEED1 (1280x960) PIN FEED3 (1280x960) PIN FEED4 (1280x960)His and hers–tail. PIN PRFCTAmerican Pipit, Llano Seco. PIPT1 (1280x960) PIPT2 (1280x960) PIPT3 (1280x960)P2630422 (1280x960)CRANE UP CRANE UP2Snow Goose.GOOSE

Raven in Siskiyou Mountains. RAVN (1280x960)Mt. Shasta herself in custom-fitted cloud cloak. SHSTA SHROUD (1280x960)As I drove up the highway near Mt.. Shasta I passed through her own personal weather zone.  Pushed before the wind a Shasta snowstorm of tiny specks formed swirls and rivulets that slithered across the freeway pavement.

Sacramento River NWR–Llano Seco Unit, Butte, California, US
Jan 31, 2016 10:45 AM – 12:10 PM.  19 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  X
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  4
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X & one Eurasian Wigeon male
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)  25
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  20
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  1
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  10

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