Not Too Much Going On Out There

There wasn’t a lot going out outside over the last few days, so I’m combining Saturday’s and Sunday’s excursions into one post.

On Saturday, I got up around 7:00 am and headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  It was about 58° when I went out and got up to 73° by the time I left.  It’s really clear out today; not a sign of a cloud.   We’re “between seasons” right now.  Most of the critters are done reproducing for the year, migrations are just starting, some critters are shutting down as winter comes up… so there isn’t a whole lot to see right now until the migrating birds start coming through in greater numbers.  As a result, I didn’t get  whole lot of photos… but the weather was perfect for walking, so I got in some good exercise.

The water in the river is low right now, too, and slow moving.  Signs all over the park were warning kayakers that because of the slow-moving water their rowing trips would take longer.  The shallower water also meant that folks could walk out into the middle of the river by the park and only be knee-high in the water.  So weird…

I was out for about 2 ½ hours and then headed back to the house.

On Sunday,  I slept in a little bit and got up around 8:00 am, did a load of laundry and took out the trash, then headed out to the Cosumnes River Preserve.  I wasn’t expecting to see much.  Their wetlands aren’t flooded yet, and they’re still working on the boardwalk area, so you can’t get in there (even though that’s where the ponds fill first, and that’s where the birds are starting to congregate.)

I did manage to see some Canada Geese, a few Ibis, some Black-Necked Stilts and Killdeer, and what I thinks were some Northern Shovelers in their dark “eclipse plumage”.  All of them were so far away, though, I didn’t get very photos of anything.  Since there wasn’t much in the way of birds to see, I had the place almost entirely to myself while I was there.  I walked along the road and sidewalks by the ponds across from the nature center.  The place stinks right now, because the water is flooding in and all the dead and rotted stuff is getting lifted up and swirled around so it’s kind of gross  The stench will leave as soon as there’s more water and the temperatures cool down.  What’s neat about the stinky water, is that a lot of larger dragonflies like their water kind of brackish, so there were dragonflies all over the place – including Blue-Eyed Darners and Giant Green Darners — and I was able to get some photos of several of them, including some mating pairs laying eggs in the water.

I walked around for about 2 ½ hours and then headed home, but I stopped first at Raley’s to pick up some groceries and something for lunch.  When I got home, I unpack everything, put in another load of laundry and rebooted the dishwasher before crashing for the day.

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