Monthly Archives: November 2009

BwBTC Sacramento Part 2

Howdee all,

We are currently in Sebastopol, Ca. visiting friends and staying quite busy..not much time for blogging and internet stuff…but having a great time.

Last post we had just finished the walking tour.

This is now the Auto tour around the Sacramento Wildlife Refugee.

Recognize this bird from the previous post?

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  American Bittern …Great find!

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A beautiful but very chilly and breezy day.  

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  There is a Great Horned Owl in this tree…very well hidden…

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The ponds which Larry and Geno say are normally filled with birds ..have just a few…

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Snow geese. Coots, Pintails and a few Ross’s Geese here…

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    See the ponds on either side…Where are the birds?

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A few Black Necked StiltsBwBTC Sac_110

Coots and Gadwalls

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A few Northern Shovelers

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But the most of the ponds had very few birdsBwBTC Sac_112

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    Looking at more empty ponds

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A bit further and we see a few more Ducks and Geese

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Still not the numbers that are usually seen here..

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See them all in the sky?

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   We do see a few areas full of Snow Geese..

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Snow Geese and Long-billed Dowitchers

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     Red-tailed Hawk

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            But it seems that most of the ducks were in ponds further from us…and also

in the skyBwBTC Sac_170 not many hanging out in the water..BwBTC Sac_190We did manage to tally 60 species between the auto tour, walking tour and the golf course.. 

I will save the golf course Burrowing Owl photos for my next post..

See ya at the golf course!

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BwBTC Sacramento Part 1

Howdee all,

Sorry it has taken me so long to post more photos from the BwBTC outing.

Others have already posted their accounts and photos of the day.

Geno’s Post on the outing and the Burrowing Owls

Larry’s Post on the outing.

Eric’s photos 

I will be posting this in three parts…Mostly because I have a hard time weeding out photos..It was a beautiful area.

We started our morning meeting at 8am at the parking lot of Sacramento National Wildlife Refugee..

Coastal range mountains in the background. Autumn colors

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It was very chilly! We were all bundled up as you can see.

We all gather and do the walking tour.

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Snow Geese fly overhead

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Turkey Vultures warm themselves in the morning sun

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And the birders start to bird shadow on Jeff’s rearBwBTC Sac_022We walked past ponds looking for birds.

On the drive up we saw thousands in the air…so it seemed promising that we would find them here.BwBTC Sac_023At the far pond we find a nice assortment of ducks.BwBTC Sac_025  BwBTC Sac_027Cheryl, found a beaver Dam. BwBTC Sac_031 Most of the ponds we passed weren’t very birdie…but it was just beautiful  BwBTC Sac_035 The reflectionsBwBTC Sac_036Reflections and fall foliage   BwBTC Sac_039Beautiful Golds in the trees and reds in some of the grasses.  BwBTC Sac_041     So instead of birds here… I will show you how lovely it wasBwBTC Sac_048 But look…two blackbirds hanging out in the reeds.BwBTC Sac_049Awesome snow capped mountains BwBTC Sac_050     Paths lined with grasses…..     BwBTC Sac_061BwBTC Sac_062Marshy areas with bright greens and blues..   BwBTC Sac_067More mountain views….   BwBTC Sac_070Do you know what bird this is? Well it had us stumped for a bit..BwBTC sac_003 (2) And….see all those tiny black dots in the sky?

Those are ducks…thousands of ducks..   

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From our very chilly morning walk we all returned to our cars to do the Auto Tour..


Stay tuned for Part 2…the Auto Tour

BwBTC Sacramento

Howdee all,

Yesterday was the Sacramento Bird outing with Bloggers from around the area.

we had a wonderful time birding with everyone!

BwBTC Sac_122I was very impressed by these bloggers who are actively working to preserve and protect our birds and Environment!

I will blog more about our day soon…but until then..

I will introduce you to the cast of characters.

1st row yours truly and hubby Jeff

Second row left to right..

Eric, Scott, Heather,Cheryl, Larry, Kathy, Geno

Eric is a photographer and yesterday was his first bird outing..I wonder if we got him hooked on birding?

Scott has 3 blogs. The one I was familiar with was JournOwl, Read about how Scott is trying to save a group of Burrowing Owls. Scott is also a keen Environmentalist, Conservationist. He has two other blogs Thriving Oceans and  Bio the numbers  that I just started reading.

Heather, Scotts wife, and photographer. whom I hope thawed out after yesterdays cold weather.

Cheryl, Also is associated with 3 blogs. She is working to save the Beaver population in Martinez and volunteers to rehab sea birds at the International Bird Rescue and research center.

Larry has the popular blog and online store The Birders Report.  Larry just received a grant from the Audubon society to make Burrowing Owl habitat in Northern California. Thanks Larry, for organizing where to bird yesterday.

Karen, also volunteers rehabbing  sea birds.

Cheryl and Kathy spoke about the 500 birds recently sent to be rehabbed that were hurt during the Algae bloom in Washington and Oregon, and how devastating this Algae bloom was to the bird populations. They are both discouraged by the amount of birds they are seeing malnourished.

Geno is a local, Birder, Biker, hiker and friend of ours, our Sacramento tour guide….  Check out his blog.

A great day!

More to come….

Skywatch Friday, Portal, Arizona, 2007

Howdee all,

I thought I would share some photos from two years ago.greenhousetrailhike (55)

We were in Portal, AZ

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   Birding with Geno and Patti

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We experienced this beautiful sunset

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   I am hoping to spend some time in Portal again , maybe next March.

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We are still in Sacramento spending time with our friend Geno.

Tonight we went to a local Audubon meeting and listed to Ron LeValley talk about his recent birding trip to Japan..Check out his website..nice bird photography.

And for more beautiful skies from around the world.

click on the photo below….skywatch

BwBTC Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Howdee all,

I always look forward to meeting other Birder. bloggers. Always an interesting and fun group of people.

This Saturday will be another treat…and we welcome other birders and want to be birders to join us.

BwBTC Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge


We will meet at 8am Saturday Nov 21st

That’s right…this Saturday…

Larry will be arriving around 7am, Jeff, Geno and I will arrive around 7:30am.

We will meet at the small parking lot, 
next to the visitor center, at the entrance to the auto tour.

There is a kiosk on the road coming into the refuge where you pay the 
$3 for a day pass unless you have a Federal Duck Stamp or an America the 
Beautiful – Interagency Annual, Senior, Access or Volunteer Pass.

Check out the website for directions.

Bring a lunch and snacks. If we are still going strong after birding we may all want to have dinner together.

  Larry says “We can also check out the Llano Seco unit for Sandhill Cranes if we want to or stop at the Colusa NWR:  on the way back to Sac. Then of course there are the Burrowing Owls in Davis at the Wildhorse Golf Club!”

Dinner in Davis sounds good to me……..

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The Cast of Characters thus far

Jeff and Dawn   from Dawns Bloggy Blog twitter @DawnFine

Larry Jordon  The Birders Report twitter @soaringfalcon1

Scott A. and his wife Heather from JournOwl twitter @journowl

Cheryl Reynolds from  and Bay area Wildlife Blog

twitter @martinezbeavers


Geno Masuda from Genos Blog

If there are others who want to go,Birders, Bloggers, Husbands, wives,friends etc…..either leave a comment here…or contact me on twitter…with your name and a bit of information so that I can add you to our list.

Read Larry’s post about a recent visit to the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge

You will want to Join us after reading this!

Checkin out the California Gold Rush towns..

Howdee all,

Geno took us on a tour checking out a few Gold Rush towns..

“The Gold Rush started at Sutter’s Mill, near Coloma.[3] On January 24, 1848 James W. Marshall, a foreman working for Sacramento pioneer John Sutter, found pieces of shiny metal in the tailrace of a lumber mill Marshall was building for Sutter, along the American River.[4] Marshall quietly brought what he found to Sutter, and the two of them privately tested the findings. The tests showed Marshall’s particles to be gold. Sutter was dismayed by this, and wanted to keep the news quiet because he feared what would happen to his plans for an agricultural empire if there were a mass search for gold.[5] However, rumors soon started to spread and were confirmed in March 1848 by San Francisco newspaper publisher and merchant Samuel Brannan. The most famous quote of the California Gold Rush was by Brannan; after he had hurriedly set up a store to sell gold prospecting supplies,[6] Brannan strode through the streets of San Francisco, holding aloft a vial of gold, shouting “Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!”[7] With the news of gold, many families trying their luck at Californian farming decided to go for the gold, becoming some of California’s first miners.”

information via  wikipedia

First stop was the town of Coloma in the Coloma Valley

The Below statue is of James Marshall who found the first nugget.

He never did make a fortune.

California Gold Rush tour_004 American River..Where the mill was..California Gold Rush tour_006RV resort across the river ..nice location, but a bit pricey California Gold Rush tour_008 Replica of the Original Mill At Marshall Park

We visited the Museum at Marshall was very interesting and worth the visitCalifornia Gold Rush tour_009 what is this you ask? ..just wood with purdy colors me says….California Gold Rush tour_010 There were lots of Acorn woodpeckers around..but they didn’t cooperate for photos..

They do have a nice red head..

California Gold Rush tour_011 I am hoping a Sicksta might ID this shrub..with this lovely flower..California Gold Rush tour_013Amador City 

..check out the website..

Several Historic buildings……California Gold Rush tour_014 California Gold Rush tour_015Garden art I wished I could bring home to my Sickstas.. California Gold Rush tour_017 California Gold Rush tour_018 Kennedy Gold Mine near Jackson

The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet)California Gold Rush tour_021  Jackson

This giant wheel was once outfitted with numerous buckets to remove tailings and waste from the Kennedy Mine site, and transport them over a ridge to a storage reservoir. The tailings had been causing pollution in one of the sources of drinking water for the town of Jackson. .California Gold Rush tour_027 California Gold Rush tour_028 California Gold Rush tour_029 California Gold Rush tour_031  California Gold Rush tour_033 Kennedy Mine seen thru the wheel…California Gold Rush tour_034Back in Sacramento…  Dinner at Tower Cafe..

Very eclectic decor and  food.California Gold Rush tour_036Very good and highly recommended by me

I had a green curry dish which was delicious.. We also came here for breakfast..the French toast is wonderful.California Gold Rush tour_037 We didn’t have any of the desserts…but they sure looked good.California Gold Rush tour_039

Today we took another walking tour of Sacramento..

visiting Sutter’s Fort SHP 

I didn’t take photos..but enjoyed the park.

Sacramento Art Walk

Howdee all

This past Saturday evening Geno and friends took us to the

2nd Saturday Art WalkSac Artwalk_009

So here’s a bit of what we sawSac Artwalk_003I liked the colors and flow in this painting Sac Artwalk_004 Sacramento Ballet performedSac Artwalk_005 Dancing sculpture and Dancing Live…Sac Artwalk_007I liked the sculptures in this gallery   Sac Artwalk_012 And I forgot to write down the artists name…oh well..Sac Artwalk_013 Just enjoy the art..and if you want to purchase somethingSac Artwalk_014I will go back to the Gallery for you and find out the artist and the prices  Sac Artwalk_016 I believe this is the same artist that did the sculpturesSac Artwalk_018❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❆❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❆❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❆❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❆❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❆

Robert Glenn Ketchum

Check out his Website Sac Artwalk_025 And his Efforts to save this area of Southwest Alaska, from mining that would create a toxic area… He is asking for support and that we contact our legislators to stop this from happening..Sac Artwalk_020  Sac Artwalk_022   Sac Artwalk_026 Sac Artwalk_027

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Out and about we checked out where the Ice skating rink would be..they have pipes under the rink to keep it frozen..  Sac Artwalk_029 Sac Artwalk_030

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More Galleries..   Sac Artwalk_035  A very interesting chair….

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Garage music at the Alfa Romeo shop Sac Artwalk_038  Sac Artwalk_040 The band is West of Next

Listen to some of their Tracks here..

Enjoy the music!

and while you do enjoy these old motorcycles..

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It was a great evening topped of by a nice dinner at a local favorite restaurant of  Susan and Peters..and Peters home made muffins and ice cream from a local dairy..

Thanks everyone for a wonderful time!

Otos market, UC Davis and

Howdee all,

I have missed a few posts, which I hope to get to later..

We are having a nice time in Sacramento. Today Geno took us to this great Japanese Market..

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We found all sorts of goodies..those long things I am holding are Burdock Root, which I love sautéed with CarrotsJapanese market_001Purchased some Soba noodles and other goodies   Japanese market_004Geno then took us to his Alma Mata, the University of California Campus.

The campus was pretty quiet..We think the students were either sleeping late or at the Football game.

Below is the Performing Arts Center    UC Davis_002

Interesting upside down head sculptureUC Davis_005Cork Oak lined street UC Davis_006 I have to find out what this tree is…UC Davis_008 Do any of you have any idea? Sicksta Adele or Lori might know.

UC Davis_010 UC Davis_011 Western Scrub JayUC Davis_013 UC Davis_015 We took a walk in the ArboretumUC Davis_017 Where Mallards slept on the creek bedUC Davis_021 And although it is Fall….

UC Davis_023The flowers are bloomingUC Davis_022  UC Davis_026I loved the wavy reflections.. UC Davis_028 

How fun would it be to go to school here..

I am imagining..tasting wine and food all day….

UC Davis_034A veggie garden on campus..UC Davis_030 Artichoke and purple flowersUC Davis_032 A Ladybug hanging out on the Artichoke leaves..UC Davis_033   PomegranatesUC Davis_036And Roses still blooming, I thought it was great to see roses this time of year..

  My mother, in Connecticut, just sent me a photo of her Roses that are still blooming there… UC Davis_037  We drove thru Yolo bypass Nature preserveUC Davis_040 Some drive by birdingUC Davis_041 It was a quick stopUC Davis_042 See the photo below..Sacramento in the distance..UC Davis_044 We had to hurry home so the boys could take a nap..

before the artwalk, downtown..UC Davis_045   Next post…Artwalk

Cosumnes Birding

Howdee all,

Two Days ago Geno brought us to Cosumes River PreserveConsumnes birding_042

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     Lots of Ducks

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We saw Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Mallards,Gadwall.Shovlers, Green Winged Teal, Buffleheads, Ring necked ducks and Tons of Greater white fronted Geese

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   See the Cinnamon color on the left Cinnamon teal..and the black and white of the Northern Pintail?Consumnes birding_034

Cinnamon Teal

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  Black Necked Stilt

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  Too Busy eating to pose for me

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I believe this is a Golden Crowned Sparrow..

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From Cosumnes we headed to Woodbridge to check out the Sandhill Cranes

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Tundra Swans in the distance…Sandhill Crane in the foreground

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Jeff Digiscoped these…I love the red heart shape on their face..

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Love birds.. Consumnes jeffs pics_003 Yours TrulyConsumnes jeffs pics_004 Lots of Coot Consumnes birding_185And a Digiscoped Kestrel by Jeff…

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We saw 49 species in total

A Great day of birding..Thanks Geno!

Sacramento..walking around

Howdee all,

Two days ago Geno took us around his town..Sacramento _005

One thing that impressed me is the number of trees throughout the city..

this is the Cork Oak..

Sacramento _001The Crocker art museum 

Sacramento _014A Beautiful Golden u see how the bridge is being raised for the tall ship?Sacramento _019 We decided to take a look at the ship that came in..Sacramento _020On the way…an Owl  ..You see, I do look for birds…Sacramento _024 The sailing vessel is for educational purposes…Sacramento _027 This boat below is now a Hotel…Sacramento _030  Trains and a Train museum in Old Town Sacramento  Sacramento _036 Rust and glassSacramento _039 Jeff standing underneath some huge digging toolSacramento _041 An Old Hardware store…Sacramento _042 Sacramento _043 Really cute art

Sacramento _048At the courthouse Sacramento _049i enjoyed the different types of Art and sculpture around town Sacramento _052I loved the sculptures in front of the Convention Center   Sacramento _057Sacramento _060Sacramento _055 This was one of my favorites..Sacramento _059  Inside the Hyatt…

Gov. Arnolds home when he is in town.Sacramento _061  And the interesting topiary outside of the hotelSacramento _066   The State CapitolSacramento _101Arnold was not inSacramento _073  We were allowed to go into the Reception area..Sacramento _074Jeff took Arnolds card..just in case we needed to call him…Sacramento jefffs   (4) Under the Dome…Sacramento _078California’s Role in the Civil war… Sacramento _082 Sacramento _084 I enjoyed the different tiles thru out the Capitol BuildingSacramento _088 Sacramento _089 The view from the Capitol Building…Sacramento _100  We then proceeded to walk back to Genos..

Passing where the Original tower Records started..

Sacramento _102 The large tower is the old and still existing theatre…

There is a wonderful restaurant in this building now..Tower Cafe

Listen to the NPR interview with the owner

or check out the menu

Sacramento _104  The old tower record shop ..which is still a record store owned by the originator of Tower Records…Sacramento _108 At Genos..I found art…

BonsaiSacramento _110 And More…Sacramento _114    Yesterday we did some birding….today..

Toured where the Gold Rush Began!