Ripon Oak Grove & sewage ponds
Migrants and newly arriving summer residents continue to be much in evidence, although my warbler diversity was way down from last weekend. A non-bird highlight - I was nearby as a River Otter captured a very large salmon-like fish. It must have been at least 1.5 lbs, and the otter could barely hold it.
OK, bird highlights: I looked up often enough to get nice views of a White-throated Swift. A Yellow-breasted Chat was present again, but this time just gave me a call and a short snatch of song. I found two Swainson's Thrushes, one of which sang for me - so beautiful. Wilson's Warblers were plentiful, but my only other warbler species was Yellow. Still, songbirds included at least 4 W Wood-Pewees, Ash-throated FC, W Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Bullock's Oriole, W Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and a late Red-breasted Nuthatch.
At the sewage ponds west, I found many LB Dowitchers, with smaller #s of Western & Least Sandpipers, G Yellowlegs, and Stilts.
Very nice morning, and social distancing was less of an issue than last weekend - fewer people on the narrow trails. Some of the trails are wide enough to be easily manageable.
Take care, and good birding,
Susan M. Schneider
Climate activist and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
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