Date: 9/13/18 11:38 pm From: Leo Edson <leoedson...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Subject: [CVBirds] American Restart in West Sacramento
This morning I saw a female-type American Redstart at Wood Duck Lake (aka Bees Lake, Wood Duck Ponds). The redstart was moving with a large group of Bushtits that had a good number of neotropical migrants tagging along. It was moving low in a couple of large elderberrys midway between the two ponds just below the levee (land side). There is a trail that cuts through the riparian/valley oaks that is pretty easy to see from the top of the levee; the redstart was just a few feet south of that trail. However, the best vantage points are from the levee and levee land-side bench where you have good am light and an eye-level view into the canopy of the smaller trees and shrubs. There is a trail on the bench that you can walk the entire distance between the two ponds.
If you haven't been to Wood Duck Lake for a couple of years, it won't look the same. Several hundreds tree have been removed and a big fat levee now surrounds the two ponds and the remaining riparian habitat. Levee construction is ongoing (six days a week) and access has been dramatically altered. Currently, this area can only been reached by following a newly constructed road that provides access to the Sacramento Yacht Club. The link below provides more information on road closures.