Denise and David Hamilton
Just wanted to report a spot that some of you may want to check out if you go to the Yolo Bypass. Yesterday after driving around, we wanted to eat lunch and actually found a spot of SHADE! It was next to the willow that is at the Y intersection - coming down the entrance road, where the pump is on the right along the trees and shrubs. It is the tree right next to the road – they have 2 hanging mosquito traps in it right now, and is next to the road with the red plastic poles to keep traffic out.
While eating lunch, shortly after 1:00 pm, we saw a bird fly into the low branches – a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT! While trying to watch it through all the tangles, we saw it eventually go down by the left-hand side of the trunk, where the ground has sitting water. There it took a bath – along with a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, WILSON’S & ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and a wren. Then a VIRGINIA RAIL walks in and spends time probing in the mud. Boy, were we surprised! Not sure what else we might have seen if we had realized it sooner.
Denise & David Hamilton