Some Small and Pretty Birds

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audobon Group (Dendroica Coronata)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; NOV 2018;

Here are a few pretty, small birds we see around the Sacramento area.

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American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis),
Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, CA; JAN 2019
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus);
Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, CA; JAN 2019
Female Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, CA; JAN 2019

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Ring-necked Pheasant

Common or Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus).
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, CA; JAN 2018

Growing up in western Pennsylvania, I would see the Ring-necked Pheasant occasionally. I always considered it a special treat because they are so beautiful. But, for several decades I never saw any; though I thought about them from time to time. I’ve been fortunate, however, to have had 3 sightings in the past 2 years. I am very happy to be able to share them with you.

These birds like to live and forage in tall vegetation, so they aren’t easy to see. But, sometimes, you can see them as they cross over open spaces. They are omnivorous.

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Common or Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus),
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

Common or Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus),
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

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Nuttal’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; DEC 2018

Correction: I mistakenly identified the male woodpecker as a Nuttal’s. It is actually a Downy. Sorry for the confusion.

The Nuttal’s Woodpecker is a small woodpecker who lives only in California’s Oak Woodlands. Interestingly, though they live in oak woodlands, they don’t eat acorns. Instead they eat insects from the oak and other trees.

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Female Nutttal’s Woodpecker
Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, CA; JAN 2019

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Some More Interesting Raptors

Juvenile Bald Eagle, Turkey Vultures and Herring Gull on a Kill
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

Returning from a recent trip to the Seattle area, we stopped at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The visitor center and restrooms were closed but the government shutdown didn’t affect the birds. This stop turned out to be very productive. It was a great day for raptors. The star was a juvenile Bald Eagle on a kill. But we saw Ferruginous Hawks, Northern Harriers, Rough Legged Hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk and a Red-shouldered hawk also. This is feast time for the raptors at Sacramento NWR because of the large numbers of waterfowl that spend the winter months there.

I didn’t share images of the Rough-legged haws because I only got a rear quarter shot and it didn’t show enough to make the shot interesting. I’ve shared other Cooper’s Hawks and Red-shouldered Hawks in the recent past, so I didn’t include them. But, I hope you enjoy what I shared.

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Ferruginous Hawk
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018
Pair of Ferruginous Hawks
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018
Northern Harriers
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

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American Kestrel

American Kestrel
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento CA; JUN 2018

The American Kestrel is a small raptor; about the size of a robin. As you travel through rural, agricultural areas or open meadows, you might notice a small bird on a wire or pole. As you notice it, you may think: just another gray bird. But, if you slow down, you may be surprised by a beautiful little multi-colored bird. This small falcon eats lizards, insects and small birds. One of its hunting behaviors is fascinating to watch. It, will hover, flapping its wings, then dive down to capture its prey.

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American Kestrel
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

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Cardinals in Winter

Pair of Northern Cardinals, Cameron, OK; DEC 2016
To be correct for the season, I should have had a cardinal on a bright green holly sprig draped with bright red berries and snow. However, I was in southeastern Oklahoma and had to settle for a frost covered crepe myrtle. But, the Northern Cardinal is a beautiful bird that looks lovely in almost any environment. I am happy to have gotten a few images to share with you. To my friends who celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Diwali and Kwanza, may they brighten your holiday season. To those friends who don’t celebrate those holidays, may they brighten your week.

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Male Northern Cardinal ,Cameron, OK; DEC 2018
Female Northern Cardinal, Cameron, OK: DEC 2018
Ninja Cardinal – Female Northern Cardinal, Eastern Blue Jay, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018

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Oklahoma Raptors

Red Tailed Hawk, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018

We made a visit to rural southeastern Oklahoma recently. While there, I was amazed at the number of red tailed hawks I saw. Much of the countryside was pastureland and I imagine it provided a lot of good food for the rodents and, in turn, the hawks. One day, I also saw a bald eagle in the grass, alongside the road.

Bald Eagle, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018
Red Tailed Hawk, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018

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