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Yesterday morning I went birding along the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail.  I started where the trail crosses Linden Rd. and walked south from there to where the trail crosses Davis Rd. and then back again.  It was a cold morning with only a small amount of cloud cover.  The whole walk started at 7:00am and ended around 8:20am.

Species seen included: Canada Goose, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Western Scrub Jay, American Crow, Marsh Wren, California Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bushtit, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Brewer’s Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, European Starling, Great Egret, Dark-eyed Junco, Black Phoebe, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-billed Magpie, Mourning Dove, Rock Pigeon, Herring Gull, Northern Flicker, House Finch, and Nuttall’s Woodpecker.

The Ferruginous Hawk was my first of the winter.  It was a beautiful adult that was perched in a tree above the trail and watched me as I walked up the trail almost directly under it before it decided to fly off.  Even then it circled around me and gave some fantastic views.  really great bird!

The Great-tailed Grackle was a surprise.  They are getting more and more common in the California central in summer, but I have not seen one in winter before.  They have been expanding their range north across the continent, so this may become a more common sight in the coming years.

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