The next day (June 19) was effectively a travel day from Petaluma to our Such family reunion in North Lake Tahoe. The day's travels took us through California's famed wine-country, the Central Valley, and on up into the Sierra Nevada. We only made a single birding stop along the four-hour drive, and that was at the Davis Wetlands just north of Davis. A large network of marshland, our time at this great location was cut short by the entrance gate closing promptly at 1:00 PM. But in the 35 minutes we did have, we managed to rack up 37 species, including 9 new species for the trip (Swainson’s Hawk, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Cinnamon Teal, American Bittern, Ring-necked Pheasant, Black-necked Stilt, and Wilson’s Phalarope).
Davis Wetlands - by Renée Haip
Though our time in Lake Tahoe was focused on family, our daily runs and the occasional hike got us out birding. The home we stayed at was situated in a mature forest of sugar pine, ponderosa pine, and incense cedar, which hosted many of the typical California mountain species, such as Fox Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee, White-headed Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Western Tanager, Steller’s Jay, Evening Grosbeak, Dusky Flycatcher, Band-tailed Pigeon, “Audubon’s” Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Vaux’s Swift. A quick two-mile hike to Emerald Bay State Park on the east shore was also productive (though we were without any optical assistance). On another short, pleasant hike along the Truckee River we found Red Crossbill, Hermit Warbler, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Brown Creeper.
Soccer with the Family - by Renée Haip
Mountain Chickadee carrying food to a nest cavity a mere foot off the ground. - by Joel Such
Hermit Warbler - by Marcel Such
Alpine County View - by Renée Haip
Next blog post will be on Mono Lake!