$25 Adult; $15 Youth
Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)
Walking, could involve distance but largely flat
This easy walk around the North Forebay on a section of the Brad Freeman Trail offers excellent birding, with a wide variety of waterbirds, songbirds, and raptors. Many ducks can be seen on the water here, often including Canvasback, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and Ruddy Duck. Raptors seen here include White-tailed Kite, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, and sometimes a Red-tailed Hawk pair at their nest. We'll see a Great Blue Heron rookery where the herons are sitting on their nests. Other birds may include Lark, Lincoln's, and Song Sparrows, Black and Say's Phoebes, Western Meadowlark, Double-crested Cormorant, and Belted Kingfisher.
Joyce Bond has been an avid birder for more than two decades and is a member of Altacal Audubon Society. She teaches a class called "Birding in the Chico Area" for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico, leading birding field trips to locations all around the area and helping students learn how to ID birds from field marks and by ear. She also enjoys painting and photographing birds.
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