Cosumnes team, PRBO Bird-A-Thon
UPDATE! See below:
This is the 31st annual PRBO Bird-A-thon, run each fall from Sept 1 to October 15, and an important source of funding for this valuable organization. The many projects that PRBO runs and partners with provide essential habitat information for conservation organizations throughout the western U.S. and solid bird-based science that provides an understanding of population status and overall habitat health. For more information, you can check their website at www.prbo.org
We covered the Barn Ponds, Accidental Forest, Wood Duck Slough, Desmond Road, a portion of the River Walk, portions of the Lost Slough Wetlands, Valensin Ranch, Castello Forest, and Howard Ranch by way of dairies and ag lands along Arno and Valensin Rds, to the Howard Ranch. We started at 06:00 and finished about 20:30. It was 47 degrees Fahrenheit at the Accidental Forest at sunrise and the high we noted during the day was about 96. We turned up a total of 112 species.
The forest birding was slow at times, but we were able to find most of the expected species. John Trochet wrote: "Our better birds included a cattle egret at a nearly dry fish pond on Valensin Road, a redhead at Howard Ranch, a lesser yellowlegs in the constructed wetlands of the River Walk, a red-necked phalarope from the parking lot for the boardwalk, some 40 Lewis's woodpeckers at Howard Ranch, violet-green swallows at Castello Forest, a phainopepla at Howard Ranch, a hermit warbler in the Tall Forest, and rufous-crowned sparrow at Howard Ranch. We also found fox sparrow, an FOS species for all of us, with representatives of two different racial groups seen."
Thanks very much for the support given to PRBO by sponsoring our effort.
A full list follows:
Canada goose, wood duck, gadwall, American wigeon, mallard, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, northern pintail, green-winged teal, redhead, ring-necked dusk, California quail, pied-billed gebe, American white pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, cattle egret, green heron, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, turkey vulture, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper's hawk, red-shouldered hawk, Swainson's hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, Virginia rail, sora, American coot, sandhill crane, killdeer, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, long-billed curlew, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, red-necked phalarope, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, barn owl, western screech-owl, great horned owl, Anna's hummingbird, belted kingfisher, Lewis's woodpecker, acorn woodpecker, Nuttall's woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, willow flycatcher, Pacific-slope flycatcher, black phoebe, Say's phoebe, loggerhead shrike, Hutton's vireo, warbling vireo, western scrub-jay, yellow-billed magpie, American crow, horned lark, tree swallow, violet green-swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow, oak titmouse, bushtit, white-breasted nuthatch, Bewick's wren, house wren, marsh wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, American robin, wrentit, northern mockingbird, European starling, cedar waxwing, phainopepla, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, Audubon's warbler, black-throated gray warbler, hermit warbler, MacGillivray's warbler, common yellowthroat, Wilson's warbler, spotted towhee, California towhee, rufous-crowned sparrow, lark sparrow, Savannah sparrow, fox sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, western tanager, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, Brewer's blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow.