And then I went down to Wilton for Thanksgiving, of course. I've really been missing the sight and sound of birds migrating, specifically waterfowl. There are some flocks of geese that pass over the ranch up here in Oak Run, but they're generally so high they can barely be seen. I heard cranes once, but couldn't see them. This time of year down in Wilton, there are so many cranes.
So I loaded up the cameras one morning when I was down there and headed out right around sunrise for the Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve. Turned out to be a lot foggier than I anticipated, oh well. I still got some interesting shots, and the fog did clear out mid morning. Later that day I took my mom out to the delta to see the "fly in," when the Sandhill Cranes fly in for the evening.
Greater White-Fronted Geese
Tundra Swans and Aleutian Canada Geese
Greater White-Fronted Geese and one Ross' Goose
Great Horned Owl
WOW! Such great photos! I like the Canada goose popping his head up and looking regal. You saw a great variety of birds that morning. And I learned something too. I did not know what a Savannah Sparrow looks like and now I do. Thank you! BMc.
I can't think of anything, outside of birds, that gets you out of bed that early. You probably got to see a lot of them on your trip home, too. The rice fields were covered with birds when I came back from Chico.
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