I was feeling pretty good this morning, so I headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk. It was 62° at the river when I got there, but warmed up quickly to over 70 as soon as the sun got itself up. I took the trail that runs closest to the river (but sits above the shore).
Not a lot of waterfowl are out now; most of them have migrated out of the area. But I saw the usual suspects like Mallards and Common Mergansers. There was a Great Blue Heron fishing near the shore, and because the trail I was on was ABOVE where the bird was standing, it wasn’t aware of me, so I was able to get a few photos of it.
At one point, I could hear Killdeer and other small birds complaining on the other side of the river, so I looked over there to see what was going on. There was a young female coyote walking along the shore, scaring the critters up but not chasing after any of them. Just showing them who’s boss, I guess.
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There were Acorn Woodpeckers and Western Bluebirds flitting from one tree to the next in another area, but I couldn’t get a lot of good photos of them because they were moving too fast and wouldn’t pose for me. Hah!
I walked for about 2½ hours and head back to the car. When I got there, I saw a Western Gray Squirrel chewing at a clear jar. Closer inspection revealed that the jar was filled with dry-roasted peanuts. The squirrel had managed to chew through part of the cap, and was eating the nuts. Smart baby!
This was walk #63 of my annual hike challenge.
- Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
- Blue Elderberry, Sambucus nigra cerulea
- California Goldenrod, Solidago californica
- California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
- California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
- Common Madia, Madia elegans [sticky, smells like lemons]
- Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
- Coyote, Canis latrans
- Darkling Beetle, Eleodes sp. [small, pinprick dots all over the carapace]
- Goldenrod Bunch Gall, Goldenrod Floret Gall Midge, Rhopalomyia solidaginis
- Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
- Greater Quaking Grass, Rattlesnake Grass, Briza maxi
- London Plane Tree, Platanus × acerifolia
- Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Raccoon, Common Raccoon, Procyon lotor [tracks]
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Sneezeweed, Rosilla, Helenium puberulum
- Thin-Legged Wolf Spider, Pardosa sp.
- Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor
- Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
- Western Bluebird, Sialia mexicana
- White Alder, Alnus rhombifolia
- White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
- ??? lizard tracks