Too Early for Viewing at the Cosumnes River Preserve

I slept in this morning and didn’t get up until about 8:15 am.  I headed right out to the Cosumnes River Preserve hoping to see some Sandhill Cranes and the bee-condos they supposedly had set up.  Well, it’s really too early for the cranes and a little late for the bees, so I didn’t see those (even though the Preserve had “advertised” them on their FB page).   I DID see three of the cranes fly overhead, but nothing on the Preserve itself.  So, I was kind of disappointed.

I did see a lot of different wasp galls, including quite a few Spiny Turbans, and I got some shots of Phoebes, Black-Necked Stilts, and a kewl crab spider that reared up at my camera when I leaned in to get a picture of him.  I also saw a lot of Blue Darner dragonflies but had trouble getting pictures of them; they were just too active.  I walked for about 2 hours but only got about 60 photos (yesterday, I walked for about 30 minutes and got over 130 photos) — there just wasn’t a lot to see there yet.

I also got some video of one of the Stilts walking through the water talking to itself (like a drunk on the streets of New York or something); hah!  Click on the link to see it: http://youtu.be/mkdeW-8KODM