Date: 9/4/18 8:13 pm From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Subject: [CVBirds] upcoming bird surveys at Cosumnes; recent CRP birds
This coming Saturday at the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County, Jim Rowoth will lead a bird survey of the River Walk. This trail is a terrific sampler of the habitats of the lower preserve and so usually produces a nice list of birds. The posted starting hour on the website ( www.cosumnes.org) is currently 05:45. That seems a bit early, so check the meeting time for any changes later this week. The website still requests that you sign up in advance for this survey. So click on the survey on the website's list of upcoming events and then again on the orange bar at the bottom of the tour description.
The following Saturday, 15 September, this month's Tall Forest bird survey will take place. We will depart through the locked Farm Center gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, promptly at 06:15. A description of the survey is on the preserve's website, but advance sign up seems no longer requested.
This past weekend I visited the preserve all three days. While I found no rarities to rival the recent finds in Yolo County, I did have some enjoyable birding. Woodland birding was slow until yesterday (until then everyone else seems to have been finding many more migrant songbirds than I), but at the little water put out recently (none yet publicly accessible) the show of waterfowl and shorebirds was quite good. All the regular puddle ducks save Eurasian wigeon are in, most in very decent numbers for so early. There were also eight ring-necked ducks. But it was the shorebirds that took high honors. I found 15 species the last two days. Better birds included black-bellied plover, Baird's sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper, short-billed dowitcher and solitary sandpiper. And finally yesterday I had a very decent day with passerine migrants. Best were two hybrid Townsend's x hermit warblers.