Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 10, 2015

Birding Cosumnes Preserve & Staten Island

Last weekend I went birding at  Cosumnes River Preserve and Staten Island in the Sacramento River Delta on the last field trip of the year-long Master Birding Class. The weather was mostly cloudy initially as the fog was just burning off and then partly cloudy the rest of the day. Temperature started in the 40’s F and went up to the 50’sF

The Cosumnes River Preserve consists of over 50,000 acres of wildlife habitat and agricultural lands owned by seven land-owning Partners. The Partners include The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Sacramento County Regional Parks, Department of Water Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and the California State Lands Commission. The Preserve is centered along the Cosumnes River, its floodplains and riparian habitat and is surrounded by agriculture. The habitat supports wildlife, including birds that migrate throughout the Pacific Flyway.

The Nature Conservancy protects Staten Island. It is part of the Sacramento River Delta. The Nature Conservancy reports that Staten Island is the winter site for fifteen percent of the greater sandhill cranes in the California Central Valley.Sandhill Cranes

There were many waterbirds at Consumnes. Most abundant were Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and American Coot. Highlights of Consumnes included observing a Bald Eagle eating a duck, Blue-winged Teal, a Loggerhead Shrike, and a Peregrine Falcon (not seen by me).

Staten Island Highlights were seeing Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans, Aleutian race of Cackling geese and Canvasbacks. All of which were seen in large numbers.

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Bird List Compiled by Eddie Bartley one of the field trip leaders

WEEK REPORT:  High Count
Report Details
Date range: Dec 5, 2015 – Dec 11, 2015 Total # of Species: 89
Total # of Checklists: 3
Location(s):   Cosumnes River Preserve; Staten Island

 

Summary  
  Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 11
Number of Species 89
Number of Individuals 3,953
Number of Checklists 3

 

Highest Count for a Species   (sample size)  
Species Name Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 11
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 750
(3)
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 60
(2)
Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii) 4
(1)
Snow/Ross’s Goose (Chen caerulescens/rossii) 50
(2)
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 37
(2)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 18
(1)
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 320
(3)
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 16
(2)
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 36
(1)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 42
(3)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 4
(2)
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 14
(2)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 60
(3)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 350
(3)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 80
(2)
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 140
(1)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 2
(2)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 8
(2)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 3
(2)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 8
(1)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
(1)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 20
(1)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
(3)
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 16
(3)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
(3)
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 3
(2)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 4
(3)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
(2)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
(1)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
(3)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 6
(3)
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1
(1)
American Coot (Fulica americana) 24
(3)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) 75
(3)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 6
(3)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 8
(3)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 8
(2)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 40
(1)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 24
(2)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 32
(1)
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 6
(1)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 12
(1)
California Gull (Larus californicus) 4
(1)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2
(3)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 24
(1)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 4
(2)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
(2)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
(1)
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) 1
(1)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
(1)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
(3)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 4
(2)
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
(1)
falcon sp. (Falco sp.) 1
(1)
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 6
(3)
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) 1
(2)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 1
(1)
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni) 1
(1)
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
(2)
Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli) 2
(1)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 11
(3)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 5
(2)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
(2)
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 3
(2)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
(1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 14
(3)
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 2
(1)
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 4
(1)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
(1)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 24
(1)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
(1)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 350
(3)
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 8
(3)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1
(1)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
(1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
(3)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 2
(1)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 15
(3)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 24
(3)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 6
(1)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
(2)
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
(1)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 3
(2)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 75
(3)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 8
(2)
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 24
(2)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 36
(3)
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 5
(1)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5
(1)

 

 


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