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  •  The heat wave in the Central Valley finally (20+ / 0-)

    broke - yay! Only in the 90s for the last couple of days, instead of nearly 110. We decided to take a drive up to Colusa NWR yesterday afternoon, just for the heck of it. We didn't expect to see a whole lot - it's an un-birdy time of year around here - but we did see a few interesting critters. Lots of Western Kingbirds zipping around but no photo.

    This Killdeer was standing on the edge of the auto tour road. I didn't realize she was shading her eggs until I looked at the photos at home. I hope the extreme heat of the last week hasn't cooked them.
    Killdeer on nest
    (Obviously, 90s is still pretty warm for the eggs and the adult.)

    Also found a Ring-necked Pheasant lounging in the shade of a small shrub.
    Ring-necked Pheasant_1

    When the available water is concentrated to small areas, we have the chance to see some critters that aren't generally easy to see, like this Northern Raccoon (extreme crop).
    Northern Raccoon

    Deer, too, take advantage of the available water.
    Doe

    We also took a quick tour of the Sacramento NWR. From the observation deck, we could see American White Pelicans, White-faced Ibises, Coots, Mallards, Pied-billed Grebes, and even a few laggard Greater White-fronted Geese - all too far away for photos. We also saw two bucks - there's a larger one behind the tall grass on the left side of this photo.
    Buck

    (Hey - when did we get spell check in comments? And auto correct for at least some words?)

    “Parties do not lead revolutions. They follow them. And then only when forced to.” Joe Bageant

    by tgypsy on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:10:46 AM PDT

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