Breakfast Time

Downy Woodpecker on Oak Gall
Willow Creek State Recreation Area, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA; AUG 2020

I am sharing images of birds and of an otter that are enjoying breakfast time. I watched as they worked hard to get their meal.

This year, I have had many opportunities to see animals hunt and eat. I am truly grateful to have had those opportunities and thankful that I only had to pull mine from a cupboard.

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Acorn Woodpecker
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; AUG 2020
Female Belted Kingfisher
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
House Finch on Blue Elderberry
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
Juvenile American Robins
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUL 2020
Great Blue Heron with Prey
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
River Otter with Prey
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; AUG 2020

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Green Heron Hunting

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 1
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; JUL 2020

There are a lot of pictures in this post that, at first glance, appear nearly the same but, they are not the same; they are a sequence of a Green Heron stalking, capturing, and devouring it prey. I see Green Herons from time to time but mostly they are perched. On this day one gave me the opportunity to watch it hunt and eat. Though I see Egrets and other Herons stalk frequently, this is only the second time I saw one stalk and the first I saw one catch and eat. So, please step through these images, in order, one at time and enjoy this opportunity with me.

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 2
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 4
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 5
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 6
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 7
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 8
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 9

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Cute Chicks – Part 1

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Goslings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

I am presenting the first of 2 parts entitled Cute Chicks. This part will present some local waterfowl.

One of the images is entitled Huddled Sord of Baby Mallards. I learned that a group of Mallards in flight is called a flock or sometimes a flight. Mallards on the ground are called a SORD. If the name sounds weird, it is because it appears to have no other uses.

Female Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) with Ducklings
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; MAY 2020
Mute Swans (Cygnus Olor) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) with Ducklings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Young
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Huddled Sord of Baby Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Juvenile Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

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Egrets and Lizardicide

Great Egret (Ardea Alba)
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, CA; MAY 2020

In this post, I am presenting 2 perspectives on the egret: the graceful, beautiful side and the visceral side.

A few weeks ago, we were at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge in Davis, CA. In one of the sloughs, there were perhaps a dozen Egrets, both Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets. It turned out to be a great day for capturing them in flight.

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, CA; MAY 2020
Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula)
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, CA; MAY 2020

The lizardicide, killing of a western fence lizard for food, happened at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. It was fascinating to watch. The actual capture was done in tall grass under the shade of a tree. After capture, the Great Egret made a short hop/flight out to the trail then prepared to devour his prey. The intrepid little lizard put up a strong fight but, in the end, it succumbed.

Stalking
Great Egret (Ardea Alba)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
The Lizard’s Gambit
Great Egret (Ardea Alba) with Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
The Struggle
Positioning
The Swallow

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Some Local Wildlife

Desert Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus audubonii)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

Today, I am sharing some wildlife local to the Sacramento, CA area.

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Coyote (Canas latrans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Photographic images of some wildlife found in the Sacramento, CA area.
Coyote Pup (Canas latrans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Black-tailed Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in Velvet
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Coyote Pup (Canas latrans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

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Young Hawks

Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

This spring, a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks gave birth to a pair of chicks at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Sacramento. Hawk babies are often born at the center. What made this remarkable is they nested at a place where you could see them well enough to photograph them. Today, I am sharing some baby pictures.

The first image is one of the adults at the nest. I do not know if it is the male or female. I don’t know how to tell them apart, except that the female is usually larger. After that image we entered the period of stay-at-home, so I missed a few weeks of photographing the nest. When I returned the nest appeared empty. But, as I watched, I could see a small crest of white down peeking above the rim of the nest. On my next weekly visit, there was no activity at the nest. But, the next week, I saw an adult and 2 babies; one beginning to have feathers, the other still in down.  The following week, the older of the 2 had more well-developed feathers and was branching, i.e. climbing out on nearby branches. The smaller had its first feathers also. An adult was perched on a nearby snag calling out and the older baby was returning the call.

In the past 2 weeks, there has been no activity in the nest. Both babies should have been large enough to see even if sleeping. In fact, they should have both been branching. I am hoping that at least the older one has fledged but I don’t know. I will probably never know the outcome.

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Adult Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus) at Nest
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020

First Week That I Saw Babies

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

Second Week I saw Babies

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus) Calling to Young
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

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Woodpeckers and Cousins

Male Red Shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JAN 2020

Today I am sharing images of some woodpeckers and some cousins. The Red-bellied Woodpecker and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker are from Florida, the others were from the Sacramento Area.

Look closely at the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and notice the tree on which it is perched. Note the ring of holes around the tree. When a sapsucker feeds it moves around the trunk leaving a tell tale ring of holes around the tree.

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Female Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; OCT 2019
Female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JAN 2020




Male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JAN 2020
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Six Mile Cypress Preserve, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

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A Few More Songbirds

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; MAY 2020

Today I am sharing a few more songbirds that I have photographed over the last several months. The Cardinals and the Brown Thrasher were taken in Florida, the remainder here in the Sacramento area.

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020 #Photography
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; FEB 2020
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020 #Photography
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Rollingwood Bluffs Park, Folsom – Orangvale, CA; APR 2019
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020

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Some Marsh Birds

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Today I am sharing images of birds that hang around marshy areas.

The American Avocet can be found in marshes in the Western United States, the Southeast Coast and Gulf Coast of the US as well as Mexico. It is generally seen in inland portions of the US only during breeding and when migrating to breeding grounds. It nests on the ground. It forages by walking in shallow water, swishing its head back and forth to capture aquatic invertebrates.

The Limpkin is found in Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean. They nest on the ground. They forage day and night specializing in eating apple snails. Their bill seems specifically adapted to eat them. I have never heard the call of a Limpkin, but I read that it is otherworldly.

The Common Moorhen, also known as the Common Gallinule, is found along coastal section of the United States as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. They sometimes nest in trees and shrubs but mostly nest on aquatic plants near the water’s edge. They swim when foraging and eat aquatic plants.

The Purple Swamp Hen, also known as the Purple Gallinule, lives in Florida, parts of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean. They attach their nests to standing or floating vegetation in the marshes. They eat aquatic plants, insects, spiders, small frogs and fish, and eggs and nestlings of other birds.

The Greater Yellowlegs is found across most of North America and the Caribbean. They nest on the ground. They forage by wading and stabbing at aquatic invertebrates.

Information presented is from All About Birds from Cornell Labs. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/

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American Avocet
Wastewater Treatment Plan, Lincoln, CA; FEB 2020
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Purple Swamphen
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Merritt Isaland National Wildlife Refuge, Florida; FEB 2020
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Merritt Isaland National Wolidlife Refuge, Florida; FEB 2020

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Some Raptors from Florida

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Cape Coral, FL; FEB 2020

Today I am sharing some of the raptors we saw on a birding adventure in Florida. The collection includes the Burrowing Owl, the Florida subspecies of the Red-shouldered Hawk and the Black Vulture.

The Burrowing Owl is an interesting character that does not fit our stereotypes. Our literature is full of owls. They are the wise, stealthy, mysterious creatures that hunt at night, flying silently and swooping down to take its prey. The burrowing owl lives in burrows under the ground. They are comical to watch as they stand outside their burrow staring with eyes wide open, twisting their head back and forth like R2-D2 of Star Wars. They can fly to hunt but they also watch and attack or walk while hunting. They forage by day or night and eat invertebrates, insects and sometimes a mouse or shrew.

The Black Vulture is a smaller cousin to the Turkey Vulture found along the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states of the United States as well as Mexico, the Caribbean and extreme northern South America. The Black Vulture has a gray head and its wings are all black except for a very large section of white at the end of the wing. In contrast, the Turkey Vulture has a red head and its wings are white along the underside trailing edge.

The Florida subspecies, called extimus of the Red-shouldered Hawk is a paler colored bird than the western group, called the eleganz, we see here in Northern California.

Info from: Cornell Labs All-About-Birds and the Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America.

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Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus).Florida Subspecies (Extimus)
Bunche Beach, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Cape Coral, FL; FEB 2020 #Photography
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Cape Coral, FL; FEB 2020

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