Lots of Cooperative Birds Today, 11-05-17

The end of daylight savings time; fall back. I love this time-change. It mirrors my body-clock, and make it easier for me to sleep. I got up around 7:00 and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. It was 43º when I got there, and 50º when I left around 10:30 am.

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There weren’t a lot of deer out today, but I did get to see a lot of birds, some of them close up. Right next to the nature center building I found a pair of male Lesser Goldfinches eating seeds, and a little further down the trail I came across a Red-Breasted Sapsucker that was very cooperative and let me get several photos of him. The best bird sighting of the day, though, was seeing a Cooper’s Hawk, up in the top of an oak tree, having a small bird for breakfast. I got photos and a couple of video snippets of it. I also saw Golden Crowned and White Crowned Sparrow, Mourning Doves, Northern Flickers, Robins, Scrub Jays, a Nutthall’s Woodpecker, a Herring Gull, and the ubiquitous Wild Turkeys, Acorn Woodpeckers and Starlings.

The grape vine leaves are starting to change color, but mostly the leaves on the ground are various shades of brown… and the Snowberry bushes are covered in berries right now. I love this time year…

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.