The first time I visited Gray Lodge Wildlife Area north of Sacramento was in February 2019. It was a great day with lots of birds: geese, ducks, herons, egrets and even sandhill cranes and swans. Since the area is a wetlands that supports birds all year long, I figured the best way to really know the area is to visit it several times throughout the year.
Still, it was a great leisurely afternoon! I saw a few others out at the site, but mainly I was on my own on the dirt road scenic drive.
Birds were around, but most were either overhead or out on the water.
Sometimes, my closeup lens would let me get some birds in focus, even though the colors often stayed muted.
Great Blue Heron
I did not notice the spider until later
Snow Geese Dark Phase (I think)
Black Necked Stilt
This green algae was all over one of the waterways
This Great Blue Heron was hard to spot even with a closeup.
A Common Egret playing hide and seek.
I don’t know what there are, but they sure are pretty!
I dropped by Sutter National Wildlife Refuge thinking I might see some more birds, but the road at this access point was roped off. The area did have pretty golden fields.
It was a great afternoon. I’ll have to visit again, maybe in winter–or early spring.