Beyond the Bird Feeder

  American Bushtit (Putah Creek Riparian Reserve)

American Bushtit (Putah Creek Riparian Reserve)

We ventured out into the wild yesterday, to explore the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. Here’s some information from the U.C. Davis website:

The Reserve is a stream, riparian and grassland ecosystem managed for teaching, research, and wildlife and habitat protection. The Putah Creek Riparian Reserve is approximately 640 acres, along 5.5 miles of Putah Creek, on the UC Davis campus.
The majority of the land on the Main Campus that is managed under the Reserve is open to the public. The publicly-accessible areas are located along Putah Creek, from the parking area at Pedrick Road/Road 98, downstream to the parking area at Old Davis Road, on the north side of the creek. Other areas, such as Russell Ranch, are not open to the general public, but are open to research and teaching use. 

We had a lovely walk along the banks of Putah Creek and saw lots of birdlife along the way. I was able to capture a few photos and give the new telephoto lens a workout. I have to admit, to say photographing birds in the wild is a challenge would be an understatement. Nevertheless, I did manage a few keepers, which I’ve placed in a new gallery titled, Beyond the Bird Feeder.