Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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That being said, I found this juvenile recently at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The complex headquarters at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge , Colusa NWR , and Delevan NWR all have photo blinds that are available to reserve.

Fishing at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Fishing is not one of the recreational activities allowed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge but apparently no one has passed that information on to the local bird population. Birds egrets Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Snowy Egret wading birds

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American Pipit at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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This bird was visiting Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge when I photographed it from the photo blind there two years ago. I shot this video this last Thanksgiving weekend from the Sacramento NWR on my way back from visiting the family. Birding American Pipit pipits Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge The American Pipit ( Anthus rubescens ) is described as a slim-billed, sparrow-like bird of open country.

Blue-winged Teal at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Blue-winged Teal ( Anas discors ) is not that common in California except along the coast, so I was pretty excited to discover several pair and a few non-paired individuals of the species at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on the day I had reserved photo blind #2.

Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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According to their website , the “Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley of California.

Announcing the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference

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Important Media is so excited to announce the Sacramento Sustainability Unconference! We here at Important Media are so excited to announce the upcoming Sustainability Unconference in Sacramento.

Northern Pintails at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers four photo blinds on three of their refuges which can be reserved, two on the Sacramento Refuge, one at Colusa NWR and one at Delevan NWR. This is what blind #2 at the Sacramento NWR looks like.

Some of My Favorite National Wildlife Refuge Photos

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The featured image above was taken from photo blind #1 at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR). There are many raptors found at the refuges in the Sacramento Valley of California. I think most of you know how important our National Wildlife Refuge system is to me.

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Vermilion Flycatcher in Colusa County California

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We all birded the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge after leaving the cemetery. There we passed on our vermilion experience with a group of novice young birders being led by a school group from Sacramento. They were very excited about spotting this guy on the way back to Sacramento. Birds Colusa flycatchers Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Vermilion Flycatcher

The Marsh Wren Singing and Gathering Nesting Material

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The male shown in the video above, filmed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, was in the process of gathering nesting material for what usually adds up to a dozen to two dozen nests! Birds Marsh Wren Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Kutras Lake and the California Gull

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Not living on the coast is the most obvious reason that I don’t see many gulls or shorebirds but it helps having the Sacramento River, the largest river in California, running through the central valley. Birds Destinations California California Gull gulls Kutras Lake Ring-billed Gull Sacramento RiverGulls have always been a challenge to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t see them often, or seek them out, or even try to better my gull ID skills.

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White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge By Larry • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share Traveling back home from a California Burrowing Owl Consortium meeting last week, I stopped at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge , which is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex just north of Sacramento. I didn’t really have time to stop, but as I was passing by, I saw hundreds of American White Pelicans fly up and thought I’d better take a drive through and see what else was there. I spotted a Eurasian Wigeon amongst the American Wigeon right out of the gate, but that wasn’t the best sighting of the day. On the way out I spotted a lone White-faced Ibis ( Plegadis chihi ) engaged in behavior I had not seen before. It was foraging in breast deep water. Being winter, this bird is in non-breeding plumage with more brown upper parts and lacking the white face it acquires in its aternate (breeding) plumage. I have seen Ibis foraging in flooded fields and mudflats but not in water this deep (click on photos to see full sized images). I watched it for quite awhile as it stuck its head and neck completely under water while foraging. After several minutes of this deep water foraging behavior, this White-faced Ibis made its way toward me into more shallow water Posed for a little while, and then began to preen I’m glad I took the time to visit Colusa National Wildlife Refuge on this day. You never know what you might see! Tags: california , West Coast , White-faced Ibis • Have you seen the cool 10,000 Birds t-shirts? Get yours today! • Explore These Related Posts Another California Bird? The Nuttall’s Woodpecker Catching Condors Brown Pelicans in La Jolla Birds of Bolsa Chica The Western Scrub-Jay, A Bright Corvid In Many Respects.Or These Blasts From The Past The Beginning of a Magpie Tattoo What is a Merganser? Forgotten Owls When Is A Tanager A Spindalis? Pochards: Last Lifer of the Trip About the Author Larry Larry Jordan was introduced to birding after moving to northern California where he was overwhelmed by the local wildlife, forcing him to buy his first field guide just to be able to identify all the species visiting his yard. Building birdhouses and putting up feeders brought the avian fauna even closer and he was hooked. Larry wanted to share his passion for birds and conservation and hatched The Birders Report in September of 2007. His recent focus is on bringing the Western Burrowing Owl back to life in California where he also monitors several bluebird trails. He is a BirdLife Species Champion and contributes to several other conservation efforts, being the webmaster for Wintu Audubon Society and most recently, the habitat manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network. 6 Responses to “White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge&# Birding is Fun! Mar 2nd, 2011 at 3:03 pm What a fortuitous stop Larry! Thanks for sharing the story and cool photos. Corey Mar 2nd, 2011 at 7:57 pm These shots are great. I’ve been very close to Glossy Ibis and not gotten shots this good…nice shooting, Larry! Larry Jordan Mar 3rd, 2011 at 2:49 am @Robert it was definitely fortuitous and thanks for the comment @Corey thanks! Isn’t digiscoping a wonderful thing? Dawn Fine Mar 4th, 2011 at 8:31 pm Nice shots Larry! loved the video too! Happy Birding! Amber Coakley Mar 6th, 2011 at 2:50 am Wow, what a beautiful bird! Were the feathers really multi-colored pastel there on the edge? I’ve never seen coloration quite like it. Larry Jordan Mar 10th, 2011 at 2:13 am @Dawn thanks and happy birding and happy trails to you and Jeff! @Amber yes, that iridescent sheen is just the way you see it here. Beautiful bird. Share Your Thoughts « Soccer Player Kicks Owl on Field? A First Christmas Bird Count Experience » To learn more about 10,000 Birds, Mike, Corey, or the many marvelous Beat Writers, please click here. Thanks for visiting! OpticsPlanet - Great prices on binoculars for birding , spotting scopes , telescopes , flashlights , compasses & more! RECENT POSTS More Habitat for Snowy Plover? 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The proposal from U.S. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity. Win a Copy of Hawks at a Distance Utah Birders has a copy of Hawks at a Distance to give away. Go win a copy and you might get it before I get off my keister and write my review… Great Horned Owl Taking a Deer Leg Seriously, that really happens in this excellent video of a Great Horned Owl scavenging a deer carcass by Kirk Mona. Wicked, right? Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds The New York Times and Tweety have it absolutely correct. Hat-tip to Stella. Coreys 2011 Year List - 228 Copyright © 2011 10,000 Birds. All words, images, and opinions are the property of their respective authors unless stated otherwise. Options theme by Justin Tadlock Page optimized by WP Minify WordPress Plugin

VW Quote of the day

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From yesterday, actually (I accidentally saved this one as a draft): “I feel totally ripped off,” said John Decker, 55, a photographer from Sacramento, who owns a 2013 Jetta SportWagen with the diesel engine. “It It just reeks of fraud and that they intentionally misled the buyers of their vehicles into thinking these were clean diesels, environmentally good cars, that were fun to drive.”. via www.nytimes.com


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Greater White-fronted Geese at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California’s Central Valley. There are also two photography blinds on Sacramento NWR, one blind on Colusa NWR, and one blind on Delevan NWR.

Why Don’t We SEE the Homeless?

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The homeless are everywhere in California: They sleep in doorways in Berkeley, pitch tents at the Downtown Library in San Diego, camp out along the freeway on ramps in Sacramento. They ride BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) with children in tow, begging for spare change from commuters. Their plight is met with disdain by some, […].

Making Sweet Love to the Shame Monster.

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I heard a Dharma talk recently by a wonderful visiting teacher at the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group who said, “in Buddhism, we’re not so concerned about the why, we’re much more interested in the. Health & Wellness Literary Journal judgement love medicine love the one who loving ourselves mental health self-care shame

Mating and Feeding Behavior of the Northern Shoveler

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The video above showing the pair bonding and precopulatory behavior of the Northern Shoveler ( Anas clypeata ) was shot from the photography bind at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge , one of the refuges of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Northern California.

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Ross’s Goose, the Little Snow Goose

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Every autumn, tens of thousands of Snow Geese arrive in California’s Sacramento Valley following their long journey from the Canadian Arctic (click on photos for full sized images).

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The Effects of Wildfires on Wildlife

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This past March I helped a Girl Scout troupe build and install 15 Bluebird nest boxes on the Sacramento River Trail. The Carr Fire jumped the Sacramento River within a few days after it began, at the very location we had installed the nestboxes.

BMW Electric ActiveE Available in Fall 2011

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San Diego, Sacramento and select areas in Connecticut. The BMW ActiveE rolled onto the show floor at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This member of the BMW electrified 1-Series will make its first North American appearance at New York Auto Show this spring. One thousand ActiveEs will be built for field testing in New York, Boston, L.A.,

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Tundra Swans In The California Central Valley

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That is where I found this group of nearly 100 Tundra Swans northeast of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge as they flew in to the flooded agricultural fields.

A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. I usually stop at the two refuges that have easily accessed auto tour routes, the Sacramento NWR and Colusa NWR. California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. You can check your state’s refuges here , listed by state.

The Unique Black-necked Stilt

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I found these beauties at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, one of the many locations the Black-necked Stilt breeds in the California Central Valley (map courtesy of Terry Sohl at South Dakota Birds ).

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California Port Now Generates All Energy Needs From Solar

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In order to reduce their costs and emissions, the entire Port of West Sacramento has turned to solar power. The Port of West Sacramento recently made an agreement with the Pacific Power Management company. Due to this, the Port of West Sacramento will now be attaining 100 percent of their energy needs from solar power. The Port of West Sacramento is now home to a 637-kilowatt power system that will save $20,000 each year in energy costs.

Peregrine Falcons at the National Wildlife Refuges

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Peregrine Falcon from Sacramento NWR auto loop. This may be the method this Peregrine had used before I spotted it from the Sacramento NWR auto loop. Just recently I spotted two Peregrine Falcons at Sacramento NWR while traveling the six mile auto loop.

A Water Ouzel Nest at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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One of the best things about our annual Audubon chapter’s Lassen Park campout is that we get to see several species of mountain birds that we don’t normally see in the Sacramento Valley.

Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 Lodi Appellation)

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At last count, there are 25 species of birds named for U.S. states, with varying degrees of geographical relevance (sorry, Tennessee Warbler ). But only two states have more than one bird named for them: Hawaii and California, with nine and seven extant and eponymous species, respectively.

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The California Thrasher, A California Endemic

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I found this beauty hiking a not well known area next to the Sacramento River called Reading Island. The California Thrasher ( Toxostoma redivivum ) is endemic to coastal and foothill areas of California, extending into adjacent areas of northwest Baja California.

Osprey Love in Northern California

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Living near the Sacramento River and its many lakes and tributaries makes it even more likely to see the incredible fish hawk or sea eagle we call the Osprey ( Pandion haliaetus ). Living in Northern California offers nature lovers many opportunities to view wildlife in there native habitat.

Putting Warning Labels on Bottled Water Might Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

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Meanwhile, Walmart’s Great Value brand taps Sacramento’s municipal water supply. A new petition is asking for graphic text and photos to be slapped on the single-use containers.

Turtle Bay’s Nesting Bald Eagles Patriot and Liberty

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Not to disappoint, Patriot flies in a fresh fish from the Sacramento River. Since 2006 a pair of Bald Eagles ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) nesting at Turtle Bay in Redding California have successfully raised a dozen eaglets!

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Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White Winners

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He lives in Sacramento with his wife and daughter, and enjoys county birding throughout the state. Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White is the kind of book that every birder should–and likely will –own. Luckily, not everyone will need to pay for their copy.

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Gadwall Courtship Displays

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I spent a few hours in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge blind #1 last weekend and filmed the following video of Gadwalls ( Anus strepera ) engaged in courtship displays.

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California NOW urges Brown to get rid of methyl Iodide for Strawberry Farms


Sacramento, CA June 30, 2011: The California Chapter of the National Organization for Women (CA NOW) today issued a statement regarding the use of methyl iodide being sprayed on strawberries throughout California.

Collaborative list – August 2019

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Tricolored Blackbird in Trouble in California

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” The report continues: “Following the breeding season, most tricolors are found in the Sacramento Valley where they aggregate with red-winged and other blackbird species and feed, often in large flocks, on ripening rice.

Shade Trees Can Trim Dollars From Your Energy Bill

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The study was conducted last year taking 460 single-family homes in Sacramento. Sacramento was chosen because of the raging summers and the wide use of air conditioners, no doubt causing a large carbon footprint. We have stood in the shade and felt it all along.

Progress Energy tries some behavioral economics

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It didn't work in Sacramento , but why not try it here? From the comments section on the Sacramento post: Putting things into perspective: although a 1,5% drop in consumption is indeed low, given the low demand-elasticities of electricity (mostly around -0,2 in the US, according to [link] for a price rise to achieve the same drop in consumption would require a 7,5% price increase.

Most Endangered Rivers Are In California

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The top two rivers listed were both in California, the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers. The conservation group American Rivers recently released their list of the country’s most endangered waterways for 2009.

Birders Love Wastewater Treatment Plants

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Although not unusual to see these species in this location, considering the Sacramento River borders the East side of the plant, it seemed rather early to see the Snow Goose. Wastewater Treatment Plants are known to birders all over the country as great birding spots. If constructed properly, these facilities can be not only a boon to birders and other wildlife enthusiasts but an obvious benefit to their local communities.