I got up around 7 o’clock and headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my weekly volunteer trail walking gig. It was 41º at the preserve when I got there – eventually, I’ll have to admit it’s really Fall and give up my soft jacket for my winter coat, but right now, the jacket seems to work okay. It’s supposed to be about 80º by the late afternoon.
There were a lot of deer out today, but I’m seeing mostly does and fawns and some yearlings. None of the big boys were around today.
I also heard and saw quite a few Northern Flickers, but they’re pretty camera shy, so I didn’t get any really good photos of them.
As I was walking the River Trail, I could see fog on the water in the American River, which was cool. I also saw quite a few deer wading through the water along the shore. Around that same area, I saw a small flock of female Rio Grande Wild Turkeys scratching through the grass. One of them was limping badly and held her foot up when she was standing still. The way she was holding that foot made me think her leg was broken, or there was some kind of nerve damage in that leg. Rather than putting her foot down flat, she had her knuckles curled so the topside of her toes was touching the ground. I’m going to worry about her now…
As I was heading out of the preserve, I caught sight of a male Nuttall’s Woodpecker flitting through the grass and up the sides of dead trees, and I got some photos and a video snippet of him. Then when he flew out of sight, a female Nuttall’s flew in, so I was able to get a few photos of her, too.
Then I saw a Jackrabbit near the nature center who was chewing on some horseweed plants. It hung around for quite a while, and even remained where it was when a small group of children walked by. I showed them where the jackrabbit was and was surprised by how quiet they were when looking at it. They were careful to move silently and slowly and kept themselves calm even though they were grinning from ear to ear and stifling giggles with their hands. It was nice to see that kind of respect for nature; they’re parents did a good job.
CLICK HERE to see the full album of photos.
Video of a small herd of deer: https://youtu.be/GJpMhjhvHoM
Video of a Northern Flicker: https://youtu.be/TOt9_4mkgT0
Video of a Jackrabbit eating Horseweed: https://youtu.be/_PiSxEl37nY
I walked for about 3 hours and then went into the nature center to log my hours. The volunteer coordinator, Rachael, was there and let me know that she’s going to be leading a sunset walk at William Pond Park later in the week and will take folks over the bridge into the River Bend Park to listen for owls. Sounds like fun!
- Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
- American Bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeianus
- American Kestrel, Falco sparverius
- Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, Lepus californicus
- California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
- California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
- California Wild Grape, Vitis californica
- Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
- Common Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus
- Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
- Flax-Leaf Horseweed, Erigeron canadensis
- Golden Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
- Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
- Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
- Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii
- Olive Tree, Olea europaea
- Peregrine Falcon, Wek-Wek, Falco peregrinus
- Pyracantha, Pyracantha coccinea
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Soap Plant, Wavy Leafed Soaproot, Chlorogalum pomeridianum
- Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- Variegated Meadowhawk Dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum
- Western Bluebird, Sialia mexicana
- White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys