Birding Yolo Farmlands

Large numbers of White-faced Ibises can sometimes be found foraging in irrigated pastures or rice fields. Photo credit: Beth Savidge

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On Sunday, March 24th, Mary Schiedt of Yolo Audubon Society will lead a birding tour of Yolo County’s agricultural lands. Farm fields and their associated fence lines and hedge rows provide habitat for many varieties of raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. In past years, this trip has located as many as 80 bird species. With the seasonal change, participants will be looking particularly for early returning spring birds, including swallow species. The half-day trip will meet at 7:30 AM at the Park-N-Ride Lot north of the Mace Boulevard Exit in South Davis and will return by 1 PM. This is primarily a driving tour that is likely to range north to the Knights Landing area and west to Esparto, though the exact route will depend on where birds are being seen in the days prior. Participants will spend extended periods outside their vehicles, and should dress accordingly. Bring binoculars, lunch, and water. Spotting scopes, if available, would be of assistance. Heavy rain will cancel the trip. Trip details, including leader contact information, as well as a schedule for upcoming events, can be found on the Yolo Audubon website at www.yoloaudubon.org. ]]>

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