After work it was overcast and chilly, but I took the dog over to William Land Park for a short walk anyway. The medium pool was surrounded by people trying to fish in it, so there weren’t a lot animals to see. There was a Kingfisher racing back and forth, but I couldn’t get close enough to her to get her picture. In the WPA Rock Garden, though I did get some photos of an Anna’s Hummingbird, and also saw my first Yellow-Rumped Warbler (in its winter plumage). I thought at first it was a Goldfinch, but it had odd patches of yellow on it (including a little spot on the top of its head), so I looked it up when I got home and realized it was a warbler. Kewl. That brings my “1000 Species” goal for the year up to 51 species so far.
After work, I felt like I needed to get outside, so I took the dog with me over to Desmond Road by the Cosumnes River Preserve. They don’t let dogs onto the preserve, but I can walk him along Desmond Road which flanks some of the wetlands areas adjacent to the preserve. We saw the ubiquitous ducks and geese, but also saw some Turkey Vultures, Black-Necked Stilts, a Say’s Phoebe, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, some Sandhill Cranes “slumming” with a small flock of chubby Coots, and two raptors: an American Kestrel and a Red-Shouldered Hawk, both of whom “posed” for me for a little while. I saw the hawk pounce on prey twice while I was watching him, and got some shots of him in the scrubby grass alongside the wetlands.