Saturday, May 16, 2009

Woodpeckers, Herons and Egrets, Oh My!

Today a friend and I went over to the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park for a hike. It was a little cooler than Sacramento, at least, and we got to look at vineyards along the way. But the coolest thing was that we saw a pileated woodpecker! I was pretty excited, let me tell you. I had only seen one once before, down in Alabama.

On the way over, we had driven back into the farmlands behind Davis to check on a rookery we've been observing for the past 3 or 4 years. There are tons of black-crowned night herons, snowy egrets, and cattle egrets nesting there now. No babies yet -- probably by mid-June they will have hatched.


  1. Wow! There is also a rookery along the American River near Nimbus Dam. The only pileated woodpecker I've seen was in Florida.

  2. Beautiful photos! The woodpecker is especially gorgeous. What is the bird in the third photo? I like that one.

    p.s. Don't stop blogging! You should keep it going.

  3. That's a black-crowned night heron. Their babies are very large but look completely different, brown striped instead of black and white.