Wednesday, April 26, 2017

American Bittern

Can you spot the bittern?
We've been having amazing luck with seeing bitterns lately. Everything I read about them says how elusive and difficult they are to spot, but we've seen four in the last two times of birding.
american bittern
They really are amazing birds and I'm so glad we've been fortunate enough to have them pose for us in their "freeze" position so we can get some photos (and proof!)...
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot
This is the bittern we saw as we were driving into the parking lot at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. He was long gone by the time we did the auto tour and drove back out. I'm so glad we were there at the right time!





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sprinkles

We've yet to go birding in the rain, but by the time we arrived at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (the auto tour is finally open again after all the flooding!), the wind had blown in some showers.
Before we even made it to the parking lot, we spotted about a dozen kingbirds hanging out in the front field. Up until a few weeks ago, we'd never seen them at the refuge and now they're popping up everywhere!
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot
Luckily, birds aren't bothered by a little precipitation, and we saw quite a few birds and even a flock of egrets and cormorants...
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot


Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot

The wind played havoc with this golden-crowned sparrow's hairdo...
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding hotspot
Tomorrow, I'll post photos of the bittern that greeted us on the way in...


Monday, April 24, 2017

Gray Lodge Hodgepodge - Part 4

Place: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area auto tour
Time: Midmorning
Mood: Overjoyed yet relaxed and completely in awe of the beauty of this place













Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gray Lodge Hodgepodge - Part 3

Surprise! Today I'm posting a few more pics from our trip to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area aka Heaven on Earth...
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot
American Coot

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot
Black Phoebe

black phoebe

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot
American Avocet

 I'm calling these pelicans The Three Amigos...
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot
 They've got the big bumps on their bills just in time for spring courtship...

american white pelicans
 And there they go!




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gray Lodge Hodgepodge - Part 2

Let's just take a moment to admire how amazingly gorgeous the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is...



...and ogle the beautiful birds you can find on the auto tour...

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot


Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot

western kingbird



Gray Lodge Wildlife Area California birding hotspot

It's safe to say I'm obsessed with this place and I can't wait to go back again soon!