Jim Estep, Chris Alford, and I found this elderberry shrub in an unlikely location (disturbed alkali grassland). We determined that it was likely relocated to this location as VELB mitigation.
Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea
Kind enough to come within 10 feet for a nice detailed pic.
Two different lizards in different locations. The second pic isn't a very good one, but thought it a bit humorous since that bee sitting on it's leg was irritating it.
I observed this female Common Green Darner on my front screen door about 07:00am. It stayed until after 10:30am.
Looks to be a Juv or female Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird. It has also been suggested it is a Black-chinned. I cannot say with certainty either way.
1) Fanned tail
2) Pic 1 with a fill flash filter applied and tighter crop
3) Close up of fanned tail from Pic 2
Not a very good pic, but a little humorous. A Snowy Egret sharing a log with a Red-eared Slider. The Egret kept looking at the Slider until it finally left.
Milkweed (Monarch) Butterfly sharing a flower with a honey bee.
Took a quick pic of this dragonfly that landed in front of me.
Passing through. Just happened to stop briefly in a tree right next to me while I was trying to get a pic of the willow flycatcher. Managed to get a couple of bad shots off before they bailed.
Didn't expect to find this in the area. No houses for miles, but there it was looking intently into the weeds. With the number of predators at this wildlife area I wouldn't expect this cat to last long.
Long range pic of some Black-bellied Plovers hanging with Short-billed Dowitchers and a California Gull
Another long distance pic, but is of interest because this Kingfisher has a broken lower mandible. View the original sized image to see the broken mandible more clearly
Another long distance, I see a spec moving, pic. Heavily cropped so it is not just a yellow dot. View original sized image for better look.
Was surprised and unprepared for this hummer to land in front of me. Managed to get a couple mediocre shots before it took off. Looks like a female.
Saw a speck of a bird move, took some pics. Approx. 200% crop on these images, so they are beyond bad, but just good enough for ID purposes ... or not?
Was in the same area as the Indigo Bunting. Thought at first it might be a female Indigo, but marks are more consistent with Lazuli. Some more poor pics.
Didn't expect to find this. Another poor survey pic. Had a good opportunity for a great photo, but unfortunately was out of my rigs reach.
Was hunting for Lazuli Bunting, found an Indigo instead. After pushing my way through four foot high weeds, I was able to reduce the blue dot to something recognizable, but not much better than that. Some long distance shots.
Part of a large group of dowitchers with downtown Sacramento in the background. There are also some Phalaropes in flight along with the Dowitchers. There were several thousand Dowitchers total.
A juvenile downy stilt being escorted across the road. Couple of other pics from where they ended up.
Not very good pics but worth posted for cuteness factor.
Originally thought this was a Pectoral Sandpiper. Other people have weighed in and think it is more likely a Least Sandpiper.
A survey shot that resulted in a post processing find. Bird on back left looks to be a Semipalmated Sandpiper. If only I had known at the time .....
There are also some Least Sandpipers in the front and back right is a Western Sandpiper. The Western serves as a good bill comparison for the semipalmated.
First pic is the only good profile shot I got, second pic is a better shot of the back.
Poor, long distance shot of what looks like four American Wigeons. One in the reeds center-right, and at least three more just to the left of that one (other pics show bill color and head coloration better).
Posting it since it is out of season for these despite poor image quality.
Came pretty close as I was kneeling on the side of the field.
Not a very good pic, but kinda amusing that it is sitting right next to a Great Blue Heron
An unusual visitor for this wildlife area, but not unheard of. Either a Mule or a Black-tailed. Pretty good sized deer, so I went with Mule for ID.
It was kind enough to pause for a moment so I could get a pic of it through the hardstem bulrush.