Wildlife Refuge and William Land Park

Wednesday; Vacation Day 5.  I got up around 6:30 am today and headed out to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  I wasn’t expecting a lot, but I wanted to see how far they’re coming along with the flooding of the wetlands area.  It’s getting there; the place is starting to flood up.  In another month or so it should be great.  I did get to see a lot of geese, Mallards, Pintails, all kinds of sparrows, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, a Red-Tailed Hawk…  At one point, I just stopped along the auto-tour route and filmed the ducks not so much to get the duck images, but to record the sound: hundreds of geese, ducks, and blackbirds all chattering at the same time.  In some places on the preserve, the noise is incredible.  I only spent about 2 hours at the preserve and then headed back to Sacramento.

On the way home, it was still so nice outside that I took Sergeant Margie over to the William Land Park and we took a walk around the large pond. No “cool” birds out there today, but I got a lot of close-ups of some the ducks and geese.  There was one Mallard there with a tumor on his face, right on his cheek.  It was big enough so that it might interfere with his vision.  I felt so bad for him…

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