Date: 12/31/18 8:35 am From: AGM - <agm.conlangsys...> Subject: [obol] Fine day at Baskett Slough NWR
Hello all, Yesterday was a fine morning at Baskett Slough. I quite enjoyed the reasonable weather and it seemed to be a decent day for predatory birds, with Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, and Northern Shrike. Regarding ducks, Mallards and Northern Pintails were in abundance, as well as much smaller numbers of Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, and American Coot.
There was a group of ten California Quail around the entrance to the south transect path. In the same area, I saw what I believed to be an Eastern Cottontail rabbit, but I have less experience identifying leporids. Not far south of the entrance to the transect path I saw the Northern Shrike on my way out and got a good look at it for a few minutes before it took off west. I wasn't sure I'd see one before the end of the year, but I'm glad I did.
This was my first year birding, and this trip was a nice way to end it. This is also my first time posting to OBOL, please let me know if I've left out any important information or should be aware of anything else.
Have a happy new year and I hope you all have many exciting experiences with birds in 2019!