Posted by: atowhee | January 24, 2020


Our Snow Goose Festival field trip here in Butte County today was focused on ducks, but as we quickly learned waterfowl here in winter do not come without certain observers.  Not just birders, but a ring of Bald Eagles along the edge of Llano Seco NWR.  While we watched one adult eagle flew over a large shallow pool and sent thousands of ducks and geese and even some of the coots into squawking flight.  In one distance tree through the fog we could see a trio of first year eagles shoulder to shoulder.

More images, including a belching Turkey Vulture:

Sacramento River NWR–Llano Seco Unit, Butte, California, US
Jan 14, 2020
35 species

Snow Goose  X
Greater White-fronted Goose  X
Canada Goose  X
Tundra Swan  X
Wood Duck  10
Northern Shoveler  X
American Wigeon  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Mourning Dove  1
American Coot  X
Sandhill Crane  X
Black-necked Stilt  X
Killdeer  X
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  X
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  X
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  X
American Kestrel  X
Black Phoebe  3
Loggerhead Shrike  1
Common Raven  2
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  X
Western Meadowlark  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

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