Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

It's hot and dry in the North State (100+ degrees) and that's no exaggeration! Fortunately, there are a few permanent ponds at our local refuges to provide wildlife, well, refuge.

This juvenile Pied-billed Grebe was all by his (or her!) lonesome...

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe

You're almost guaranteed to see at least one Black-crowned Night Heron, peeking out from their year-round habitat along the water...

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding wildlife hotspot

And you might remember the Cliff Swallow nest-building frenzy I talked about in May (read the post here). Well, the nests are still underneath the bridge on the auto tour, but that's not a swallow inside one of them!

Maybe this male House Sparrow is thinking about moving in. He'll have to redecorate a bit, and move in some furniture suitable for a bachelor pad, but it just might work. 

There are plenty of egrets to see at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge!

great egrets snowy egrets

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding

I could have watched them wading around and fishing all day long!

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge California birding

For more photos of birds found at the Colusa NWR, visit my birding blog Wings and Daydreams!

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