Onesies and Twosies, 02-05-21

Guh!  I didn’t sleep very well last night, and woke up twice with a lot of pain in my left hip. When it gets growly like that, I can’t find a comfortable position in which to lay or sit up, and I just have to wait until the meds kick in. I got myself up around 7:00 am, and headed over to the Cosumnes River Preserve to see how things are developing there. It was slow-going because of the pain, but I really feel the movement is good for me.

There’s more water on the ground now, not only in the preserve itself but in the ag fields surrounding it. There’s also water in the slough that runs along Franklin Road. I drove around Desmond and Bruceville Roads, and then went up and down the boardwalk area at the preserve. There were only a few large flocks of Snow Geese – and even a flock of American White Pelicans(!) – in the distant fields. Otherwise, I was seeing solitary birds are small groups of waterfowl in a variety of species; almost 40 different kinds. Onesies and twosies.

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I see Black Phoebes almost everywhere I go, which is why it’s kind of my soul-bird spirit guide. But it seems like lately I’ve been seeing almost as many Say’s Phoebes in the area. I don’t know if they’re really more populous now, or if I’m just learning to recognizing them more readily.  There were also a lot of Audubon’s Warblers flitting around along the fence lines.

Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni

At one spot, I found a Song Sparrow singing away in the tules. I got some photos and a video snippet of him.

As I was heading out of the preserve, a couple of small flocks of Sandhill Cranes came flying in overhead and landed in a distant field. They should actually be on their way out of the area, so I was a little surprised to see them at all.

I walked for about 2½ hours before heading home. This was hike #13 in my #52HikeChallenge.

Species List:

  1. American Coot, Fulica americana
  2. American Pipit, Anthus rubescens
  3. American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  4. American Wigeon, Anas americana
  5. Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
  6. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  7. Black-Necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus
  8. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus
  9. Broadleaf Cattail, Bullrush, Typha latifolia
  10. Bufflehead Duck, Bucephala albeola
  11. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  12. Cinnamon Teal, Anas cyanoptera
  13. Clustered Dock, Rumex conglomeratus
  14. Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
  15. European Water-Plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica
  16. Filamentous Green Algae, Spirogyra sp.
  17. Gadwall Duck, Mareca Strepera
  18. Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
  19. Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
  20. Great Egret, Ardea alba
  21. Greater White-Fronted Goose, Anser albifrons
  22. Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca
  23. Green-Winged Teal, Anas carolinensis
  24. House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
  25. Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
  26. Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris
  27. Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
  28. Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata
  29. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  30. Red-Winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
  31. Rough Cocklebur, Xanthium strumarium
  32. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
  33. Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis
  34. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis
  35. Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya
  36. Slender Clubrush, Isolepis cernua
  37. Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens
  38. Snowy Egret, Egretta thula
  39. Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
  40. Tule, Common Tule, Schoenoplectus acutus
  41. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  42. White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys