Vacation Day 10: Cosumnes River Preserve and William Land Park

DAY 10 OF MY VACATION.  I got up a little after 6:00 this morning at the hotel.  We were out of here before 6:30 and headed back to Sacramento, hitting the morning traffic at just the ickiest time. D’oh!  Since we were up and moving anyway, I decided to drive all the way to Elk […]

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Vacation Day 9: Colusa and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges

DAY 9 OF MY VACATION.  I was up around 6:30 am and headed out with the dog to the Colusa and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges… CLICK HERE for the full album of photos. At the Colusa refuge, which I went to first, I was surprised to see water in the pond near the viewing platform.  […]

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Vacation Day 3: Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

DAY 3 OF MY VACATION.  I got up around 6:30 am and headed out with the dog for the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  The almost-full moon was still out, shining brightly, and there were big sofa clouds everywhere. A slight breeze continued throughout the day. It got up to about 70° by the afternoon.  It […]

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Bugs, Flowers and Ducks on Saturday, 07-30-16

Even though it’s the weekend, I got up around 5:00 am so I could get out for a walk before it got too hot. I went over to the WPA Rock Garden in the hopes of finding some summer caterpillars and praying mantises.  I didn’t see either of those but I did see a young […]

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Some Quail on Sunday

I headed out to the American River Bend Park for my walk around 5:00 am. I went down by the river side where I’d seen the beaver a week ago.  No beavers today, but I did get to see a covey of California Quail feeding and running through the short grass. Those are always fun to […]

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Hawk Babies and More This Morning

I have today off from work, but got up around 5:45 am anyway, then headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve in Carmichael.  It’s so weird to see the streets totally empty on a Monday morning.  Everyone else must’ve been sleeping in. As I was driving through the residential area that wraps around on […]

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Vacation Day 5: The Sacramento Zoo

Vacation Day Five.  I slept in a tiny bit today and didn’t get up until about 7:15.  I did my morning ablutions stuff and put a pot of coffee on to brew before settling in to a light breakfast.  Around 8:45 or so, I headed over to the Sacramento Zoo for my walk.  The weather […]

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Everything is Getting Ready for Spring in the Forest

I got up around 6:30 again this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  It was in the high 40’s and hazy while I was there, but warmed up to almost 70° by the afternoon. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just wanted a nature walk, and I […]

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Two Nature Refuges and 35+ Species in One Day!

The cough still lingers, and woke me up a couple of times during the night, so I wasn’t a well-rested as I would have liked to have been.  Still, I got myself up before 7:00 am and headed off with the dog to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  The weather seemed perfect for bird-watching and […]

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Found New Kind of Slime Mold

I’m still feeling a bit crappy — fighting a cough and cold bug — but I was also getting a little stir crazy just laying around the house, so I got up around 7:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk and some fresh air. I was looking for […]

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Mostly About Young Bald Eagles

Earlier in the week, I took a few hours to go to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. It wasn’t the best day to go there; it was overcast and very windy, but I still got to see some birds including couple of very smart hawks who figured out that if they sat down on stumps […]

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Deer, Deer, Deer and More Deer…

I got up around 7:00 am today, and headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve.  It was 38° and overcast outside when I got there, and sunny and 51° when I left. At the nature preserve, I somehow accidentally put my camera on a “small image” setting, so I lost some of the resolution […]

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