November 28, 2013

I've been to Los Banos

Alright, I'm back. I've been computerless in Los Banos, CA for about two weeks now. Working for Point Blue again, I now spend my days in the wetlands of the San Joaquin Valley trapping wintering shorebirds, banding and attaching radio transmitters to them in an attempt to gain a better understanding of their habitat use and needs during this time of their life cycle.

We are specifically targeting Long-billed Dowitchers and Dunlin.


However, there are the occasional peep by-catches, this one being a Western Sandpiper, I believe, though our most common are Least.

As well as this Yellowlegs

The second team of trappers spend most of their time up in the rice fields of the Sacramento Valley, looking a little something like this.

Whereas, this is our typical morning scenery.


  1. Cool project! Welcome back to CA.

    Your LESA didn't read a field guide.

  2. Apparently I didn't either, my coworkers all keep saying they've only seen and caught LESAs, what do you think? Short bill, but pretty gray overall with black legs... To make excuses, this was a very quick 5:30am catch and release in the dark...