More Photos from the Sacramento Refuge

Here are some more photos from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  CLICK HERE to see the album. I got a video snippet of a muskrat.  It waddled up onto the auto-tour road, grabbed some green vegetation and went back into the tules.  I wonder if it’s setting up a “nest” there.  Where they’re able to, muskrats […]

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American Bitterns Pumper-Lunking on Sunday

I was up at 6:00 am and out the door before 6:30.  It was my original intention to do some more wildflower hunting, but on the way to Highway 20 I got lost in my thoughts and missed the turn off (D’oh!), so I continued up the highway to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and […]

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Was Able to See a Killdeer Lay Her Egg Today

I actually had today off but I got up at the regular time anyway to get to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge by 7:00 am.  It was about 43° when I headed out and got up to 65° by the late afternoon. Sunny and tiny bit breezy all day… It was gorgeous. I had planned […]

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Vacation Day 13: SNWR Part 2

Vacation Day 13. I got up about 5:30 this morning. The hotel bed and pillows were wonderfully comfortable, but I just couldn’t get into a sound sleep, so I cat-napped on and off all night. Still, I was feeling pretty energetic, so I packed up all my stuff and was out of the hotel before […]

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Vacation Day 12: SNWR Part 1

Vacation Day 12. I had stayed up late Wednesday night to watch “The Night Manager” on AMC (with Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston), and was going to play today by ear, but I woke up around 5:00 am. I was feeling oddly energetic – considering that I’d stayed up until 11:15 pm last night – […]

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Jackrabbit City at the Refuges

I got up around 6:00 am and headed out with Sergeant Margie to the Colusa and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges.  It was a little chilly and clear in Sacramento, but in Willows and Colusa it was hazy and the overcast deepened as the day went on.  Got up to about 68°. I wanted to get […]

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Egrets & Herons: 2 Voles: 0

I’m feeling better today; got through the whole night without drugs and without coughing.  I got up around 6:30 and headed out with Sergeant Margie to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  It was foggy and chilly (around 48°) in Sacramento, but pretty clear and a little bit warmer (56°) by the time I got to […]

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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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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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Birds and Racoons on Saturday

I got up around 7:00 this morning and headed out with Sergeant Margie to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  It was overcast and rainy, so I wasn’t expecting to see a lot, but I wanted to get out anyway. The drive was uneventful, and I got to preserve in about 90 minutes (which is par). […]

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Pheasants and Other Birds on New Year’s Day

Happy New Year!  I slept right through whatever midnight madness happened outside of the house.  Marty said the neighbor’s shot off fireworks, but I didn’t hear them. Apparently, Sergeant Margie slept through the noise, too, which is just as well.  Fireworks freak him out in his old age. I headed out with him to the […]

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New Year’s Eve at the Cosumnes River Preserve

New Year’s Eve.  It was cold and foggy when I got up around 7:15 this morning. I put in a load of laundry in the dryer, got the dishes going in the dishwasher and made a pot of coffee before sending off copies of my latest Tuleyome Tales to the local media.  This one, timely […]

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