I was out the door before 6:00 and heading over to the American River Bend Park. There were signs all over the place saying “Alcohol Prohibited July 11th” but without a reason given. I guess they were having some kind of race there or something. Parts of the bike trail were supposedly closed off, but the bikers didn’t care and were using them anyway…
Since I’d gone through my “gall book” a bit, I was more aware of anything that looked like a gall on the oak trees at the park. There are mostly Live Oaks there – and the galls I like to see are usually on Blue Oaks or Valley Oaks – so I didn’t see a lot of them, but there were a few I hadn’t seen before. One looked like a fly saucer on a tether, and another one looked like a tiny hard apple or pumpkin… so those were cool.
I watched a pair of female Common Mergansers in the river, floating, diving and trolling for fish… Saw lots of Canada Geese (some with their fledglings)… Watched a Spotted Towhee singing from a treetop… saw some Phoebes and Flycatchers… I also got some extra plant photos to add to my book. No big woopty-doo moments or critters on the trail, but an interesting walk. I was out there for a little over three hours and then headed back to the car.