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Species found at Viewing Site

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area  - Site # 83

American Avocet American Avocet
Species:American Avocet
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow seasonal and permanent ponds, especially during flood up. Auto loop, Flyway trail, Self-guided Nature trail viewing platform
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

American Bittern at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Carole Haskell American Bittern at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Photo by James Simon.
Species:American Bittern
Seen:Yes
Locations:Self-guided Nature Trail, Seasonal ponds, dense tules
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Species:American Coot
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow seasonal and permanent ponds and waterways, Self-guided Nature Trail, Auto loop, Flyway Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W
Reliable:Excellent

American Kestrel. Photo by Doug Froning
Species:American Kestrel
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

American White Pelicans at Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park. Photo by Jim Duckworth American White Pelicans at Anderson Marsh Natural Preserve. Photo by Harvey Abernathey Pelicans at Elkhorn Slough. Photo by Jim Duckworth
Species:American White Pelican
Seen:Yes
Locations:Permanent ponds, Auto loop
Present Season:Sp,Su,F
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

American Wigeon. Photo by Christine Hansen
Species:American Wigeon
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, Self-guided Nature Trail, seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Baird's Sandpiper
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasionally seen in near seasonal ponds
Present Season:F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Bald Eagle - Indian Valley Bald Eagle Nest at Lower Klamath Basin NWR. Photo by Doug Froning
Species:Bald Eagle
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, Self-guided Nature Trail
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Band-Tailed Pigeon
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasionally seen throughout site
Present Season:Sp
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Species:Barn Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:Not easily viewed as it is nocturnal. Look for roosting in trees.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Poor

Species:Barrow's Goldeneye
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, deep seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Black Tern
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasionally seen. Auto loop
Present Season:Sp,Su
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Species:Black-Bellied Plover
Seen:Yes
Locations:Occasionally seen in shallow seasonal ponds
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Black-crowned Night Heron at Palo Alto Baylands Preserve. Photo by Suzanne Young
Species:Black-Crowned Night Heron
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, around seasonal and permanent ponds and waterways.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:F
Reliable:Good

Black-necked Stilt. Photo by Lew Milligan
Species:Black-Necked Stilt
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow areas of seasonal and permanent ponds. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Blue-Winged Teal
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, secluded potholes in dense vegetation
Present Season:W,Sp
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Bufflehead
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, deep seasonal ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Burrowing Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:Rarely seen on area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

California Gull
Species:California Gull
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Good

Quail pair at Clear Lake. Photo by Scott Banales Quail and chicks at Golden Gate NRA. Photo by Jessican Weinberg
Species:California Quail
Seen:Yes
Locations:Upland areas, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail, Auto loop
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Canada Goose
Seen:Yes
Locations:Permanent ponds, east side of wildlife area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Canvasback
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Caspian Tern
Seen:Yes
Locations:Occasionally seen. Auto loop
Present Season:Sp,Su,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Cattle Egret
Seen:Yes
Locations:Self-guided Nature Trail, around permanent and seasonal ponds
Present Season:W,F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Cinnamon Teal Drakes at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Phil Robertson Cinnamon Teal at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Claire Ames
Species:Cinnamon Teal
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail, seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Common Goldeneye
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, deep seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Common Merganser
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Common Moorhen
Seen:Yes
Locations:Edges of seasonal and permanent ponds and waterways. Self-guided Nature trail, Auto loop
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Cooper's Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Double-crested Cormorant. Photo by Doug Froning
Species:Double-Crested Cormorant
Seen:Yes
Locations:Permanent and seasonal ponds, Self-guided Nature Trail, waterways
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Dunlin
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow seasonal and permanent ponds. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature trail viewing platform
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Eared Grebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seasonal ponds, Auto Loop
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Eurasian Collared-Dove
Seen:Yes
Locations:Numbers very low but increasing throughout site
Present Season:Sp,Su,F
Season View:Sp,Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Eurasian Wigeon
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, Seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Ferruginous Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:W
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Forster's Tern
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasionally seen. Auto loop
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Gadwalls at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Terry Germany
Species:Gadwall
Seen:Yes
Locations:Self-guided Nature Trail, Auto loop, seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Golden Eagle
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, Flyway Trail
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron at K-Dock. Photo by Terry Eckhart
Species:Great Blue Heron
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Egrets at Bolinas Lagoon. Photo by Harvey Abernathey Great Egret building a nest at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Photo by Bruce Johnson Early morning grooming along Morro Bay. Egret at Tijuana Slough. Photo by Gary E.Davis
Species:Great Egret
Seen:Yes
Locations:Around seasonal,permanent ponds and wayerways, Flyway Trail, Self-guided Nature Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Immature Great Horned Owl at Grizzly Island. Photo by Jen Joynt
Species:Great Horned Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:Common, not easily viewed as it is nocturnal. Look for roosting in trees.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Poor

Species:Greater Scaup
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, deep seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Greater White-Fronted Goose
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, shallow seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Greater Yellowlegs
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow ponds, Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform, Flyway Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Green Heron & Fish by Cathy Cooper
Species:Green Heron
Seen:Yes
Locations:Self-guided Nature Trail, along waterways
Present Season:Yr
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Green-Winged Teal
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, Sele-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Herring Gull
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Hooded Merganser
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, deep seasonal and permanent ponds and waterways
Present Season:W,Sp
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Horned Grebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seasonal ponds, Auto loop
Present Season:W,Sp
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Kildeer at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Amanda Alaniz
Species:Killdeer
Seen:Yes
Locations:All over site, Especially dry graveled areas such as lots and trails. Nest extensively on area- watch for 'broken wing' behavior in spring. Please do not disturb nests.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Least Bittern
Seen:Yes
Locations:Dense tule/cattail stands around seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Least Sandpiper
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform, around seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Lesser Scaup
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, deep seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Lesser Yellowlegs
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasionally seen on shallow ponds, Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform, Flyway Trail
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Photo by Joe DeFao
Species:Long-Billed Curlew
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow seasonal and permanent ponds, Auto loop, Self-guided Nature trail viewing platform
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Long-Billed Dowitcher
Seen:Yes
Locations:Shallow seasonal and permanent ponds, especially after flood up. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Mercey Hot Springs Long-Earred Owl
Species:Long-Eared Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:Not commonly present, not easily viewed as it is nocturnal. Look for roosting in trees.
Present Season:W,Sp
Season View:W,Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Mallard
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail, shallow seasonal and permanent ponds and waterways
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,Sp,F
Reliable:Excellent

Merlin at Ahjumawi State Park. Photo by Jim Duckworth
Species:Merlin
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:W,F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Mourning Dove
Seen:Yes
Locations:Dry ponds and fields throughout Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Northern Harrier hunting at Coyote Hills Regional Park. Photo by Janet Norris Northern Harrier. Photo by Jack Ferrante
Species:Northern Harrier
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Northern Pintail
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, Self-guided Nature Trail Veiwing Platform
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Northern Shoveler at Little Lake Overlook. Photo by Stephen Creswell Northern Shoveler at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Claire Ames
Species:Northern Shoveler
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Osprey and Red-tailed Hawk battle over Clear Lake Hitch. Photo by Lyle Madeson Osprey with fish at Clear Lake State Park. Photo by Bob McCleary USDA Forest Service Osprey at Ft. Collins
Species:Osprey
Seen:Yes
Locations:Near any permanent or seasonal pond
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Pectoral Sandpiper
Seen:Yes
Locations:Rarely seen on seasonal ponds. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Peregrine Falcon Peregrine Falcon at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Phil Robertson
Species:Peregrine Falcon
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wilife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Pied-Billed Grebe and chick. Photo by Cindy Tucey
Species:Pied-Billed Grebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seasonal ponds, Auto loop
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Su
Reliable:Good

Species:Prairie Falcon
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Poor

Red-necked Phalarope at Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Photo by Nicole LaRoche
Species:Red-Necked Phalarope
Seen:Yes
Locations:Occasionally seen in ponds during spring and fall migrations
Present Season:F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Red-shouldered Hawk at K-Dock. PHoto by Terry Eckhart
Species:Red-Shouldered Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:F
Reliable:Good

Watch for red-tailed hawks on the look out for prey in Death Valley National Park.Photo by Gerry Wolfe
Red tail hawk at Laguna, 9-29-08
Species:Red-Tailed Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Redhead
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, seasonal ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Ring-Billed Gull
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Ring-Necked Duck
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Ring-Necked Pheasant
Seen:Yes
Locations:Upland areas, Self-guided Nature Trail, Flyway Trail, Auto loop
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Rock Pigeon
Seen:Yes
Locations:Rock Doves are seen occasionally throughout site
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,Yr
Reliable:Poor

Species:Ross' S Goose
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, Self-guided Nature Trail, shallow seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Rough-Legged Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:W,Sp
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Male Ruddy Duck. Photo by Stephen Creswell
Species:Ruddy Duck
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, deep seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Sandhill Cranes at Llano Seco Unit of Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Bruce Johnson Sandhill Cranes at Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Gary Powell
Species:Sandhill Crane
Seen:Yes
Locations:Often seen flying over Wildlife Area and often seen on newly flooded fields in fall. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Semipalmated Plover
Seen:Yes
Locations:Occasionally seen in shallow seasonal ponds
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Species:Short-Eared Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:Less common. Not easily viewed as it is nocturnal. Look for roosting in trees.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,Su
Reliable:Poor

Colusa NWR Snow Geese at Sacramento NWR. Photo by Carole Haskell Snow Goose - photo by Steve Emmons
Species:Snow Goose
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, Flyway Trail, Self-guided Nature Trail, shallow seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:W,Sp,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Snowy Egret at Audubon Canyon. Photo by Lyle Madeson Snowy Egret at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Photo by Lyle Madeson Morning rest on Morro Bay Snow Egret
Species:Snowy Egret
Seen:Yes
Locations:Around seasonal and permanent ponds and waterways. Self-guided Nature Trail, Auto Loop
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Solitary Sandpiper
Seen:Yes
Locations:Rarely seen on seasonal ponds. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Sora, photo by Thomas Roach
Species:Sora
Seen:Yes
Locations:Dense vegetation, usually near ponds. Extremeley secretive
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Species:Spotted Sandpiper
Seen:Yes
Locations:Rarely seen on seasonal ponds. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Swainson's Hawk
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Sp,Su,F
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor

Tundra Swans at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Photo by Phil Robertson
Species:Tundra Swan
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop, shallow seasonal ponds
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Turkey Vultures Turkey vultures on sand spit Turkey Vulture at Coyote Hills Regional Park. Photo by Janet Norris
Species:Turkey Vulture
Seen:Yes
Locations:Self-guided Nature Trail, Auto Loop, Flyway Trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Virginia Rail
Seen:Yes
Locations:In dense vegetation surrounding seasonal and permanent ponds. Self-guided Nature trail. Quite secretive.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Western Grebe at Anderson Marsh. Photo by Harvey Abernathey Western Grebe at Clear Lake State Park. Photo by Harvey Abernathey
Species:Western Grebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto Loop
Present Season:W
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor

Western Sandpiper. Photo by Harvey Abernathey
Species:Western Sandpiper
Seen:Yes
Locations:Near seasonal and permanent ponds. Auto loop, Self-guided Nature Trail viewing platform, Flyway trail
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Species:Western Screech Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:Not easily viewed as it is nocturnal. Look for roosting in trees.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Su,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Whimbrel
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasioally found on seasonal ponds
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

White Faced Ibis, by Cathy Cooper
Species:White-Faced Ibis
Seen:Yes
Locations:Auto loop, Flyway Trail, shallow seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Good

Species:White-Tailed Kite
Seen:Yes
Locations:Entire Wildlife Area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Wild Turkeys. Wild Turkey Rio Grande Turkey. Photo by Tony Attanasio
Species:Wild Turkey
Seen:Yes
Locations:Dry fields all over site
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Willet
Seen:Yes
Locations:Very occasionally seen on seasonal ponds
Present Season:F
Season View:F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Wilson's Phalarope
Seen:Yes
Locations:Occasionally seen in ponds during spring and fall migrations
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Wilson's Snipe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Common but not certain to be seen, Dense vegetation around seasonal and permanent ponds
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp,F
Reliable:Poor

Wood Duck. Photo by Doug Froning
Species:Wood Duck
Seen:Yes
Locations:Riparian habitat, Flyway Trail, Auto Loop
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Seen:Yes
Locations:Rarely present
Present Season:Su
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor