Join us for a spectacular day of winter birding in the Sacramento Valley’s Yolo County, an easy day’s drive from the Bay Area. Yolo County, with its varied landforms from Coast Range mountains to the great flood plain of the Sacramento River, affords us the opportunity to view wildlife in creek side habitats, ponds, flooded fields, and marsh systems in this car-based adventure during the height of winter bird populations.
We’ll begin the day in Winters, explore bird-rich Lake Solano Park where we may see Barrow’s goldeneye, wood duck, hooded merganser, and phainopepla, After lunch, we’ll head into the valley for raptor hotspots and waterfowl concentrations in the Davis and West Sacramento areas. We will search deep water ponds for canvasback and redhead ducks. We’ll finish the day (weather permitting) at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area near Davis.
Winter birding means that we will take advantage of areas free of flooding, so our route may change throughout the day. Dress in layers as winter weather in the Valley is very changeable. Walks are minimal with the longest at Lake Solano being about two miles. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one.