"It's really raining hard here... you sure you want to bird?", I asked, expecting commiseration.
Nope, with zero hesitation, Don replied, "I have a raincoat."
Well, that was that! There would be birding.
Friday morning we started the day at the nearest park to my home, Sailor Bar. The park is within view of Folsom's Nimbus dam and fish hatchery.
|Don checking out the ducks offshore|
Let me explain. Normally from the launch you can see one, maybe two Barrows. Barrow's are the more exotic and arctic cousins of the numerous Common Goldeneyes. Today there were 15 Barrow's, more than I've ever seen in one spot in my life. Wow... here are Don's digiscoped photos, taken he took with his Swarovski scope and Galaxy android phone.
|Barrow's Goldeneye with its crescent shaped facial teardrop|
|Two drakes and a hen Barrow's Goldeneye|
|Two Cackling Geese in background, White-fronts in foreground at Consumnes|
|Wood duck Drakes|
|pretty fawn-colored Hen Wood Duck|
|On arrival there were a few birders, to be followed by many more|
|The Emperor goose is visible in photo above, if you know exactly where to look|
The Emperor Goose strolled about, feeding with some White-fronted, Canada and Cackling Geese. Yes, a horrible shot, taken by my horrid iPhone, through Don's spotting scope. Again, better than the ole poke in the eye.
Here's a better photo of a different Emperor Goose, lifted from on line. Handsome creature, isn't it?
There was loads of congratulatory back slapping and preening going on, I can tell you. The bird was a lifer for most so as long as the beauty stays put, it will have loads of happy birders driving in from all over to have a peek.
One lifer chalked up for Don, we had time to kill, which we spent at lunch. We visited The Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant I wanted Don to try. A lovely lunch of Lamb Tibbs on Injeri ensued... followed by a trip out to Meiss Road and Michigan Bar Road, which are in 'my' backyard (sort of).
|a Blue Dick that is... uh... looking pretty|
OK, now guess what... it's nearly Spring, and wait for it... wait for it... YES, the BLUE DICKS are up!
I know. I promised I'd stop saying that every Spring, so I guess I lied to you all. I'm very-nearly-almost-sorry.
|Fiddleheads (yellow) & Lupine (blue)|
|Ferruginous Hawk, who seems to have lost a secondary feather or two.|
|The gorgeous little Merlin - a mini-falcon, just a tad larger than an American Kestrel|
|Don looking a bit awestruck with cast members|