Coyote Run, 07-17-21

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!

Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus, male

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.

Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. Blue Elderberry, Sambucus nigra cerulea
  3. California Goldenrod, Solidago californica
  4. California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
  5. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  6. Common Madia, Madia elegans [sticky, smells like lemons]
  7. Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
  8. Coyote, Canis latrans
  9. Darkling Beetle, Eleodes sp.  [small, pinprick dots all over the carapace]
  10. Goldenrod Bunch Gall, Goldenrod Floret Gall Midge, Rhopalomyia solidaginis
  11. Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
  12. Greater Quaking Grass, Rattlesnake Grass, Briza maxi
  13. London Plane Tree, Platanus × acerifolia
  14. Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
  15. Raccoon, Common Raccoon, Procyon lotor [tracks]
  16. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  17. Sneezeweed, Rosilla, Helenium puberulum
  18. Thin-Legged Wolf Spider, Pardosa sp.
  19. Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor
  20. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  21. Western Bluebird, Sialia mexicana
  22. White Alder, Alnus rhombifolia
  23. White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
  24. ??? lizard tracks