Serious birders will drive hundreds of miles to try to track down a particular bird; I’m not a serious birder. I don’t chase birds, though I do look forward to seeing them at certain places. As I noted yesterday, I had hoped to see hundreds of Snow Geese at the Sacramento NWR as I have seen in the past. I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed that I only saw few of them. Truthfully, though, I go to the Sacramento NWR because I love the PLACE. It’s full of life no matter when I go there, even though it’s not always the life I expect to see.
For instance, I can almost always count on seeing Snowy Egret like this one
and Great Egrets, like this one that just happened to be standing right next to the Snowy Egret.
And if that wasn’t treat enough, I got shots of this male House Finch
and this Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
while standing on the same platform.
I didn’t have to drive too far down the road before Leslie caught this shot of a Downy Woodpecker beside the road
and I got this shot of a Red-Tailed Hawk
daring me to cross into forbidden territory.