Skip to main content

Songs Of Summer

03/19/2013 03:14PM, Published by Michael O'Brien, Categories: In Print, Life+Leisure



story: Michael O'Brien

Birding At Anderson River Park

Birding At Anderson River ParkLooking for a quality place to watch birds? Look no further than Anderson River Park. Its wide variety of bird species are attracted to this area’s diverse range of habitat. Freshwater marsh and ponds, a major river, open fields, streams, an oak and mixed deciduous forest, and the birds that thrive in such areas can all be encountered in just a few hours.

Where to begin when planning to explore this 440-acre park? Birding is always best in the morning or evening, when birds are most active. Plan your trip accordingly, understanding that in July, the temperature can soar to over 100 degrees by 10 am. Pack your binoculars, field guide, notebook, pencil, sunscreen and water. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Though the way is paved, you may elect to veer onto some of the many dirt paths veining off the main trail. Wear dark-colored clothing and a hat to be more approachable to birds. Visit www.wintuaudubon.org, click on the “Places to Bird” button, and go to “Anderson River Park” for a list of birds you can expect to find.

Begin your day at the south end of the park, away from the picnic areas and softball fields. Dodson Lane leads to the park entrance and forks at the park welcome sign. Take the right fork and drive half a mile to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road. You’ll hear birds before you see them. Tall trees and an open field provide two different places to begin scanning for movement, once you key in on the bird calls you note.

Check the grass in the field for the bright yellow and jet-black breast of western meadowlark, and scurrying California quail. Look for short, clipped wing beats of both species. Scan the brambles under the trees opposite the field for spotted towhee. This bird sits in camouflage and calls out a raspy “chew-eeeeee”.

Pick up the paved trail off the north end of the parking area marked by a “Park Nature Area” sign. Listen for the rushing sound of the Sacramento River as you make your way along the path, and head in that direction. About 300 yards along, the path curves north. At this spot, walk east along the dirt path toward the river. Find a spot right on the river shore in some shade, sit and watch. Tree and northern rough-winged swallows acrobatically dart over the river waves. Scan the opposite shore for great egret spear fishing, common merganser sunning on logs, and possibly wood ducks dabbling in the river eddies. Listen for the wailing call of the green heron as it stealthily patrols the shore.

Once back on the main trail, continue walking north and duck under the canopy of trees that covers this part of the path. Watch for the bright yellow/orange flash of Bullock’s oriole (like the one pictured here) and listen for the cardinal-like call of oak titmouse. Black-headed grosbeak and Hutton’s vireo also lives in this part of the forest. Many paths veer off this part of the trail back to the river. Explore a few of those and seek out Lincoln sparrow and house wren as they sound off in the cool of the shade.

Scattered along the trail are many benches, so choose one, sit still and birds will come to you. Scan the skies for red-tailed and red-shouldered hawk. Listen for the squeaking call of Anna’s hummingbird.

Eventually the trail forks; the path to the right leads to the park’s picnic area, the one to the left continues on the nature trail. At this spot, a large, dead tree provides a perfect opportunity to observe the clown-faced acorn woodpecker and perhaps a downy woodpecker.

Continue along the nature trail path and enjoy the Anderson River Park Nature Trail signs that describe the botany of the area. Consider bringing a butterfly field guide, as these insects also love this area. The trail loops around to the main road, intersecting it two-tenths of a mile west of the parking area. Follow the road back to your car, but keep your binoculars handy - as with all of Anderson River Park, birds are plentiful along this last part of your birding trip. •

For a map of the park and other information: www.sacramentoriver.org/access_site.php?access_site_id=112



interest


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/21/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/22/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Sunset Through the Trees

    08/22/2017
    06:00PM — 08:30PM

    Seven week fun run series. Open to all runners and walkers. Locations include: Lake Redding ...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/24/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/24/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/25/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/25/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Hayfork Farmers' Market

    08/25/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Come listen to live music, shop for local goods and produce and cultivate community! The Farmers'...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    08/25/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber Certified Farmers' Markets open June 3rd! All farmers and ve...


  • Start Up Saturdays | Vendor Market

    08/26/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    A space where local crafters, creatives, and visionaries can sell handmade products and share abo...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/26/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tour

    08/26/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • Back At The Ranch Dinner and Dance

    08/26/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Our annual dinner/dance/auction is held outdoors at the beautiful Heart S Ranch (formerly the JBL...


  • Canvas and Cocktails

    08/26/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Come drink and paint with us! You don’t need ANY art experience to enjoy this evening of fun, mus...


  • Symphony on the Beach

    08/26/2017
    07:00PM — 09:20PM

    Grab your Blanket, Lawn Chair and Floating Candle Luminary! On the evening of August 26th, 201...


  • Shasta Symphony Orchestra

    08/26/2017
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Come early and bring a picnic to enjoy the THIRD ANNUAL Shasta Symphony outdoor pops concert held...


  • Moonlight Madness

    08/26/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    A 2-Mile run/walk across Shasta Dam via the moonlight. Open to all ages and abilities.


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/27/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/21/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/22/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Sunset Through the Trees

    08/22/2017
    06:00PM — 08:30PM

    Seven week fun run series. Open to all runners and walkers. Locations include: Lake Redding ...


  • The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber Certified Farmers' Markets open June 3rd! All farmers and ve...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/23/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/23/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    08/23/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesdays and get $3 off a growler fill! Come by the brewery a...


  • Weaverville Farmers' Market

    08/23/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Weaverville Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm from May through October! tr...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/24/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/24/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/25/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/25/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Hayfork Farmers' Market

    08/25/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Come listen to live music, shop for local goods and produce and cultivate community! The Farmers'...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    08/25/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber Certified Farmers' Markets open June 3rd! All farmers and ve...


  • Start Up Saturdays | Vendor Market

    08/26/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    A space where local crafters, creatives, and visionaries can sell handmade products and share abo...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/26/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tour

    08/26/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • Back At The Ranch Dinner and Dance

    08/26/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Our annual dinner/dance/auction is held outdoors at the beautiful Heart S Ranch (formerly the JBL...


  • Canvas and Cocktails

    08/26/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Come drink and paint with us! You don’t need ANY art experience to enjoy this evening of fun, mus...


  • Symphony on the Beach

    08/26/2017
    07:00PM — 09:20PM

    Grab your Blanket, Lawn Chair and Floating Candle Luminary! On the evening of August 26th, 201...


  • Shasta Symphony Orchestra

    08/26/2017
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Come early and bring a picnic to enjoy the THIRD ANNUAL Shasta Symphony outdoor pops concert held...


  • Moonlight Madness

    08/26/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    A 2-Mile run/walk across Shasta Dam via the moonlight. Open to all ages and abilities.


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/27/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/28/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/29/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Mom's Meet Up and Story Hour

    08/29/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Come connect with other moms over a cup of coffee while the kids enjoy Story Hour and coloring wi...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/29/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • Sunset Through the Trees

    08/29/2017
    06:00PM — 08:30PM

    Seven week fun run series. Open to all runners and walkers. Locations include: Lake Redding ...


  • The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber Certified Farmers' Markets open June 3rd! All farmers and ve...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/30/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/30/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


  • 16th Annual Business Leadership Luncheon

    08/30/2017
    12:00PM — 01:30PM

    Dr. Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit organization created to dev...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    08/30/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesdays and get $3 off a growler fill! Come by the brewery a...


  • Weaverville Farmers' Market

    08/30/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Weaverville Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm from May through October! tr...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    08/31/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Workshop

    08/31/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, scie...


  • Love Your Pet Thrift Shop

    08/31/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Love Your Pet Thrift Shop, End of Summer Super Sale 50% off Store Wide Going from August 15th – 3...


Enter to Win!

Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: South Valley Living

 

Wedding Style Guide 2017
Enjoy Magazine Facebook
Enjoy Magazine Instagram Instagram
Enjoy Magazine Pinterest Enjoy Magazine

Enjoy Our Sponsors