Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, January 2010

Some former co-workers of mine planned this excellent birding the trip in the valley, and we all had a grand time tooling around, looking at birdies. SNWR is a bit weird, because the primary way of viewing the scads of wintering birds there is to drive a planned circuit and bird from your car. Great way to see A LOT of birds, though, including Bald Eagles, falcons, owls, a bazillion Snow Geese, only a tad fewer Red-tailed Hawks, and pheasants! I had a couple of new-for-me's, including a White-faced Ibis and the Greater White-fronted Goose.

Kind of a haul. I burned 3/4 of a tank of gas in my somewhat fuel-efficient 2002 Corolla, so make sure to start with a full tank. Williams is the last town on I-5 before getting there, and Granzella's is a pretty decent place to grab a sandwich.

Posted by kueda kueda, January 13, 2010 05:48 AM

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

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January 10, 2010

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

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January 10, 2010

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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

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January 10, 2010

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Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)

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January 10, 2010

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Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

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January 10, 2010

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Faisán Común (Phasianus colchicus)

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January 10, 2010

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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

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January 10, 2010

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Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

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January 10, 2010

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Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

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January 10, 2010

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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

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January 10, 2010

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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January 10, 2010

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Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

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January 10, 2010

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

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January 10, 2010

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First time seeing (or perhaps noticing) this species!

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White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

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January 10, 2010

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Definitely a first. White face was not entirely visible, but you could see it when it turned its head. Pretty cool.

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

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January 10, 2010

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

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January 10, 2010

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

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January 10, 2010

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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

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January 10, 2010

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

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January 10, 2010

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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

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January 10, 2010

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

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January 10, 2010

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Nuttall's Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii)

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January 10, 2010

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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January 10, 2010

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

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January 10, 2010

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Garceta Grande (Ardea alba)

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January 10, 2010

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Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

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January 10, 2010

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Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)

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January 10, 2010

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

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January 10, 2010

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Ánade Friso (Mareca strepera)

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January 10, 2010

Description

Think I've finally got this bird. It is a looker.

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

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January 10, 2010

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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

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January 10, 2010

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American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

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January 10, 2010

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

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January 10, 2010

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Pato Cuchara (Spatula clypeata)

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January 10, 2010

Description

The fog and the nearly eye-level angle created a pseudo-tilt-shift effect. Weird.

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

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January 10, 2010

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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January 10, 2010

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Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

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January 10, 2010

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Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

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January 10, 2010

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Cerceta Común (Anas crecca)

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January 10, 2010

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

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January 10, 2010

Description

So many! Apparently they are very similar to Ross's Goose, the differences being that Ross's is smaller, and lacks the dark "lips" on the bill.

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Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

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January 10, 2010

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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

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January 10, 2010

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Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)

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January 10, 2010

Description

Previously I had seen one Cinnamon Teal at Coyote Hills. This time there were many, many, many. Quite astounding, but none close enough for a decent pic.

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

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January 10, 2010

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