Posted by: atowhee | January 28, 2016

GOOSE FESTIVAL THURSDAY, CHICO

Today I led a field trip that included a stop at Llano Seco unit of the Sacramento NWR, and then a drive-through at the Delevan unit which is normally closed except for some hunting areas.  With us on that unit was Steve Emmons the Fish & Wildlife Service’s manager for the unit.  He was justly proud of the large number of ducks and geese and the levee and other work that has done recently.  He also led us to the Vermilion Flycatcher in Maxwell that had been found earlier by other birders–first record of that species for Colusa County.

One of a hundred Night-herons at roost in Delevan, bad light as sun had set.EVN HERNOne of the many goose flurries during the day: Snow and White-fronted, Delevan. GEEZ (1280x960)Female Great Horned.  We later saw here go into another tree where her mate was perched.  After dark we hard a Great Horned calling. GHO-DELVN (1280x960)Vermilion Flycatcher and its fan club. VERM FLITE (1280x960) VERM WATCH (1280x960) VERM1 VERM2Tomorrow at Chico’s bird fest, my group goes looking for Sandhill Cranes…we’re told cranes and rains being forecast.

Sacramento River NWR–Llano Seco Unit, Butte, California, US
Jan 28, 2016 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.  23 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  X
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  X
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1

Loggerhead Shrike 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

Delevan NWR, Colusa, California, US
Jan 28, 2016 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  35 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  X
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  100
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)  20
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  30
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  15
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  20
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  1
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  120
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  30
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  3
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  50
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

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