To Sunday 04 February 2018
Leaders: Pat & Phil Gordon
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9AM Saturday at Sacramento NWR
9AM Sunday - Colusa-Sacramento RiverState Wildlife Area
This year we are refuge birding to the north. Saturday will be spent birding the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, followed by a look at the Delevan unit, and ending the day at Colusa NWR. Meet Saturday morning atthe Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Kiosk parking area.
The refuges promise good long looks at flocks of waterfowl, including myriads of Snow and White-fronted Geese, as well as several species of ducks. We have often found Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons among all the wintering Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels. It is hoped we will find the fields full of Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans. In past years we have found many Wood Ducks in the Llano Seco area.
Sunday, we will begin the day at the Colusa-Sacramento River State Wildlife Area, on the Sacramento River, in Colusa, then travel to the Llano Seco unit of the Sacramento NWR, and depending on time, may go to Gray Lodge State Wildlife Area for the fly-in at dusk.
Directions: The Sacramento NWR is located north of Williams off of I-5. Use the Norman Road exit and follow the signs. Driving time is about 2 hours from the Bay Area. There is an entrance fee (Duck stamp/hunting license/daypass.) The Colusa Wildlife Area is located right in the town of Colusa, along the Sacramento River. Take Hwy 20 east from Williams, and in the town of Colusa, continue straight across Market and Main Street, and up the levee to the park entrance. This is a fee area also.
Lodging is suggested in Williams, where several hotel/motels are available:Ramada Inn, Granzellas's Inn, Traveler's Inn, Motel 6, Econo Lodge. Those who wish can camp at the Colusa Wildlife Area in Colusa.For more information, give Phil or Pat a call at (510)538-3550, or emailpagpeg AT aol.com. Tripwill go rain or shine with only heavy flooding cancelling.