How time flies, it’s been almost a month and I missed sharing my photos here as well as visiting your side of the world. Hoping to catch up with all of you starting this week.
Last weekend, the skies were beautiful when we headed out for birdwatching at Copperfield Nature Trail. This trail was formerly an undeveloped greenbelt from Yager Lane to Shropshire Boulevard and the residents in the area have worked with the city to create trails. It’s mentioned that this greenbelt will eventually connect to the Walnut Creek greenbelt.
We met our fellow Travis Audubon Society birders at the Blakeney entrance of the trail, headed by Ronnie Kramer. It was a nice walk and they were really helpful to newbies like us. It was awesome to finally see a barred owl and red-shouldered hawk in the wild. It was definitely a great walk and birdwatching experience. To see a full list of birds, here’s the link to Ronnie’s list of 56 species at Copperfield Nature Trail.
Red-shouldered Hawk chick
Adults are colorful with dark-and-white checkered wings and warm reddish barring on the breast. The tail is black with narrow white bands. Immatures are brown above and white below streaked with brown. All ages show narrow, pale crescents near the wingtips in flight. Its rising, whistled kee-rah is a distinctive sound of the forest. They hunt small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles either from perches or while flying. ~www.allaboutbirds.org
Barred Owls are large, stocky owls with rounded heads, no ear tufts, and medium length, rounded tails. They roost quietly in forest trees during the day, though they can occasionally be heard calling in daylight hours. At night they hunt small animals, especially rodents, and give an instantly recognizable “Who cooks for you?” call. ~www.allaboutbirds.org
As always, we’re looking forward to our next walk. I’ll make sure to post an update.