Currently in between business conferences, I am loafing in Napa Valley. Unable to find a bird guide (Grrrr), I randomly drove around this morning looking for birds. With the countryside being so dry, I thought it would make the most sense to find water. Looking at the map, I headed off to Hennessey Lake. As soon as I got out of the car, I heard the crik-crik Western Grebes. Scanning the lake from a distance, I saw what looked like white sticks planted out in the water. It was a flotilla of Grebes. Cool. Even though I have seen them many times before, it was still a thrill to see so many.
The walk around the lake produced: Steller and Western Scrub Jay, Acorn Woodpeckers, California Quail, Oregon Junco, Spotted Towhee, some sort of dark sparrow protecting its hard-won worm from a maurading western fence lizard, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawk, a big flock of Bicolored Blackbirds, Black Phoebe, Great Egret, Canada Goose, Mourning Dove, Oak Titmouse, Coot, Pied-billed Grebe and maybe some others that I forgot.
Of special note, was the very dark, almost chocolaty Winter Wrens I saw feeding young at Muir Woods yesterday. The woods was also full of Wilson’s Warblers and Brown Creeper. I mean full, they were everywhere I looked. Oh yeah, and there were Chestnut-backed Chickadees too.
I hope to bird the marshes on the way back to the city tomorrow.