With John Klobas and Sarah Brooks
Join us for a spectacular day of winter birding in the Sacramento Valley, an easy day’s drive from the Bay Area. Yolo County, with its varied landforms from Coast Range mountains to the flood plain of the Sacramento River, affords us the opportunity to view wildlife in riparian creek sides, lowland ponds, and marsh systems in this car-based adventure during the height of winter bird populations.
We’ll begin the day in Winters, explore bird-rich Lake Solano Park and Putah Creek where our target birds are Barrow’s goldeneye, hooded merganser, wood duck, and phainopepla. After lunch, we’ll head into the valley for raptor hotspots and waterfowl concentrations in the Davis and West Sacramento areas. We’ll finish the day at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area east of Davis, weather permitting. Winter birding means that we’ll take advantage of areas free of flooding, so our route may change throughout the day. Please carpool, if possible.