Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pond Fishing

So I went fishing today with my son and my brother-in-law. The bro-in-law knew of a pond that is rarely fished, and better yet, he knows the land owner who gave us the ok to be there. This pond was an old rock quarry and was about 2 acres in size. It has been planted with largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Along with being able to fish from the shore, there was a small 2 person pedal boat that we had access to.

I didn't take my camera with me today, but instead concentrated on fishing. I did manage to get a pic with my phone of the first fish which was only a 1/2 pound, but felt really good to bring in. There were several more in this weight range and I never did get that big fish I was looking for. My son gets the big fish honors today. He was fishing from a little pedal boat that was onthe pond and he pulled in a 5 pounder fishing with a little jig head and a 4" worm (sorry no pic). My brother-in-law never did manage to get bass today, but he caught over 10 bluegills and several small perch

We had a fantastic day and even though there weren't alot of fish, everyone had fun! Have a great week everyone!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Hello everyone, I went out to the Yolo Causway today. What a beautiful day, mid to high 70's, you couldn't ask for better weather. I haven't gone to the wildlife area during the summer months before, but with some extra time on my hands I thought I would check it out.

The farmers have taken over most of the land and are growing rice on it. But in the areas that aren't being irragated for rice, the summer heat has started to brown the grasses and dried up the water that normally fills the shallow marshes.

Sacramento's hot summers with 100 degree temps has sent most of the winter birds north to cooler climates. I went at mid day, so a lot of birds were in the bull rushes avoiding the heat. I did however manage to catch a few birds on camera.

Todays sightings included the following:

Tri-Color Black bird
Mallard Duck
Yellow Crowned Night Heron
White Faced Ibis
Great Blue Heron (White morph and Blue)
Snowy Egret
Black Necked Stilt
Tree Swallow
Ring Necked Pheasent
Northern Mockingbird
American Crow
Marsh Wren
Black Pheobe

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bird is the word

Osprey with lunch atop telephone pole