Got to See the Owl Again… and other birds

I got up about 7:00 am and was out the door and over to the American River Bend Park with the dog by about 7:30.  Fast trip!  Hah!  This Mother’s Day morning was gorgeous again, weatherwise: in the 50’s, sunny, windy.  Just beautiful.

First thing, we were greeted by the Great Horned Owl again.  This is the second time I’ve spotted him (I’m assuming it’s a “him”) at the park.  This time of year, these owls are rearing their owlets, so I looked around to see if I could spot a nest nearby.  No luck… but still; he’s such a striking sight to behold!  Also got photos of a Western Bluebird, some wrens, and came across a mama Wild Turkey and her tiny newly hatched poults.  They were so little they kept getting lost and stuck in the grass… and it was really hard to get pictures of them.  This time of year, the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars are all getting big and fat and ready to form their chrysalises.  We came across some of the caterpillars just getting ready to “spin” their chrysalises, and some newly formed ones, too.  It’s so neat.  They’re all over the place… The California Buckeye trees are all in bloom, too, giving the whole park a sort of honey-clover smell.  Very yummy…  The dog and I walked for about 3 hours and then headed home.