After lunch on Saturday the young birders as well as a few others went to Staten Island Rd. to get a little afternoon birding in. These flooded agricultural fields yielded few new species like Greater White-fronted Geese, Horned Larks and a Rough-legged Hawk. This was also a good spot to get a look at the Sandhill Cranes prevalent in the Central Valley.
Monday, November 19, 2007
11th Annual CVBS Recap
Well the Central Valley Birding Symposium this year was amazing as always. Without the disruption of a certain gull, the symposium lasted the full three days. I heard a number of very interesting speakers, enjoyed the lively I.D. panel, browsed the products laid out by vendors, engaged in some very interesting bird-related discussions, and as always, met some new people.
My friday field trip was the Pardee Reservoir Eagle Boat Trip. We were on water for about 4 hours and saw around 39 species (my list may not have been complete). The highlights included both Bald and Golden Eagles, Rock and Canyon Wrens, and gorgeous looks at a Prarie Falcon. The weather was sunny and gorgeous, but a breeze over the water turned chilly in the latter half of the ride.
My Saturday trip was to the Stockton Sewage Ponds, where a few years back we had a Harlequin Duck. We had around 52 species by my count. There were large numbers of ducks like Northern Shovelers and Canvasbacks, and the highlights were a Ferruginous Hawk, a Merlin, and a female Redhead. Gigantic flocks of Cackling Geese going overhead were quite impressive as well.
Sunday felt much more like the usual weather of the CVBS - with cold fog throughout the entire morning. I went to Cosumnes River Preserve, which was the local patch for one of my fellow young birders, Daryl. Because of the fog, it was wet and quiet. I only added one or two new species to my Sacramento county list. The highlights of the day included a beaver poking its head through water plants to the delight of the group. Birdwise, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and Lincoln Sparrows were notably present.
This tree had both a juvenile and an adult Bald Eagle perched in it!
This is an example of the scenery at Pardee Reservoir.
This lively Canyon Wren was a difficult bird to photograph.