Kelly and I made a dash to Robinson and Flannery Roads on our way to Sacramento for a family visit. We were searching for "Winds of Change" birds and spotted at least 10 Mountain Plovers near the intersection of the two roads, as well as at least two Ferruginous Hawks and a single female Rough-legged Hawk. There was also a Prairie Falcon in the area and a good-sized flock of Horned Larks and loads of Lark Sparrows. On our way home we also spotted a Cattle Egret flying over the road in the Suisuin City area.


An afternoon stop at Charleston Marsh (on CharlestonRoad off of Shoreline) I was able to relocate the
Northern Waterthrush . It was in the reedy patchdirectly across from par course #16 ("Hand Walk").
This area was actually closer to Shoreline Blvd., butI began searching from the other end. Also present was
a Green Heron, 3 Common Yellowthroat, multitudes of Zonotrichia Sparrows, a Fox Sparrow and 3 Townsend's Warblers.


Eric Goodill and I were able to relocate the Lewis's Woodpecker at 10:30 this morning along the Meadowlark trail at Arastradero OSP. Bob Gross was there with his amazing camera shooting before we arrived but hadn't seen the bird for a while. Then we spotted the bird on the distant eucalyptus trees, flycatching from the bare branches. At one point it disappeared into a cavity, and remained inside the hole for about 2 minutes....


This afternoon I took lazy stroll along the Charleston Marsh trail, accessed from Charleston Road off of Shoreline Blvd. At parcourse marker 18 "Balance Beam" there was an unusual, loud and very metallic chip call, much like that of a Blue Grosbeak. A little coaxing got the source to reveal itself, a Northern Waterthrush. This is the same location I've seen Waterthrush several times before, although today's look was especially good.

There were lots of Sparrows around, but nothing unusual. At one point a Golden-crowned Sparrow, a Fox Sparrow and a Lincoln's Sparrow were all feeding side-by-side Towhee style. That close together, their respective structures were very easily compared.


I arrived late morning at Ed Levin, in hopes of relocating the Long-eared Owl in the pines. It was very quiet with little activity, however the Sparrow flock in the weedy patch by the playground below Sandy Wool Lake (Elm Picnic grounds) afforded nice looks at a White-throated Sparrow. Later I stopped by the Spring Valley entrance and found two brightly colored Red-breasted Sapsucker. I kept my eyes open for any other Sapsuckers that might be visiting, but no others appeared. Sierra Road was windy and cold, but American Pipits and Horned Larks were numerous at the summit.