Ibis Rookery at the Water Plant, 07-03-18

The dog and I headed out right away to go into Woodland and look for the water treatment plant before going into the office. One of my naturalist course graduates, Sonjia, had told me there was an Ibis rookery there, so I had to go see it! Luckily the main gate was open.  I overshot […]

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Butterflies, Wrens and Some Leucistic Wild Turkeys, 03-18-18

I went to the American River Park, and I was having some trepidation about that, since the last time I went there my window got smashed.  But I wanted to check on the Great Horned Owl I’d seen there, and I wanted to see if the manroot vines and pipevines were out in force yet.  […]

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A Beaver Sighting… and Other Critters, 12-23-17

I gave the dog his breakfast and let him out to go potty, then I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk.  It was about 38º when I got there, and about 48º when I left.  Anything around 50º is actually a really pleasant walking temperature. As I was walking through […]

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Mostly Bucks in Rut, 12-09-17

Up at 5:30 am to let the dog out to pee, then we went back to bed for about an hour before I got up again and went over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. It was literally freezing, 32º, at the river, and much of the preserve was covered in fog. […]

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First Fungi of the Season, 12-02-17

Around 7:00 am I headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  I’d gone there looking for fungi – even though I know it’s very early in the season. I found a few nice specimens – mostly different kinds of honey fungus and chanterelles, and a really nice-looking Barometer Earthstar, among others. […]

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Vacation Day #1: American River Bend Park

DAY ONE OF MY FALL VACATION. I got up around 6:15 this morning and headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk. I hadn’t been over there for a while, and was kind of surprised to see that much of the tall dry grass in the park had been mowed down, and […]

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Deer, Goslings and Acorn Woodpeckers, 05-16-17

DAY 11 OF MY VACATION. I got up around 5:30 this morning and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve… It was cool and overcast all day today, and never got over 65º outside.  All of this beautiful weather we’ve been having is on its way out, though. When I got back to work […]

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Vacation Day 13: The American River Bend Park

DAY 13 OF MY VACATION.  Up at 7:30 this morning. The sky was totally overcast all day and temperatures were in the 50’s and 60’s…and we’re supposed to have rain on and off for about a week now.  I hope this bodes well for the rest of the fall/winter seasons: lots of rain to soak […]

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Sunday at the American River, 10-09-16

I was up and out the door before 6:30 this morning, and headed for the American River Bend Park.  I wasn’t looking for anything in particular; I just needed to get out and walk. CLICK HERE to see the album of photos. As we’re sort of “between seasons” right now – the cold weather hasn’t […]

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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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Fungi and Critters at the River Bend Park on Saturday

I got up around 7:00 this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park for my walk.  Rain was threatening and it was cold, but I wanted to see if the fungi had started to wake up there yet.  With a week’s worth of rain, I figured something should be showing itself by […]

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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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