A practical guide to bird watching in Sonoma County, California

(Unless otherwise indicated, all phone numbers are in the 707 area code)

 

A small gallery of birds I’ve recently photographed

in and around Sonoma County

Recent Photos


© Colin Talcroft, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. All rights reserved.

Unless noted, all photos by the author. If you would like to use one of my images, please ask for permission for non-commercial use with proper credit or commercial use with proper compensation.

ctalcroft@yahoo.com


About my photographs


As some people ask: I mainly use an Olympus OMD-EM5 today. In the past I used an Olympus E-3. Until the end of 2011, I used a 140-600mm zoom lens, sometimes with a 2x teleconverter (which doubles the effective length of the lens). Later I upgraded to the superb Olympus 100-400 zoom lens on the E-3. Although the focal length is shorter, the optics are far superior to the 140-600 zoom. With the OMD-EM5, I'm using Olympus’s equally crisp 150-600mm zoom. I almost always shoot without a tripod, because I hate carrying one. What you see on this site is entirely hand-held. 

Sora

Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, May 15, 2011

Sora chick

Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, May 15, 2011

Double-crested Cormorant

Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa, May 19, 2011

Double-crested Cormorant

Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa, May 19, 2011

Common Loon, breeding plumage

North-end Bodega Harbor, June 24, 2011

Horned Grebe, breeding plumage

North-end Bodega Harbor, June 24, 2011

Caspian Terns

Bodega Bay, July 6, 2011

Juvenile Elegant Tern

Bodega Bay, July 6, 2011

Willet

Bodega Bay, July 6, 2011

Marbled Godwit

Bodega Bay, July 6, 2011

Least Sandpiper

Bodega Bay, August 23, 2011

Whimbrel

Bodega Bay, August 23, 2011

Clay-colored Sparrow

Shollenberger Park, September 26, 2011

Hermit Warbler

Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay, August 29, 2011

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Shollenberger Park, October 12, 2011

Brant

Bodega Bay, August 23, 2011

Hutton's Vireo

Place to Play Park, October 19, 2011

Brown Pelican

Bodega Bay, October 18, 2011

Great Blue Heron

Lake Ralphine, October 31, 2011

American Coot

Lake Ralphine, October 31, 2011

American Robin and Hawthorne berries

Petaluma, November 8, 2011

California Gull

Lucchesi Park, Petaluma, November 8, 2011

Townsend's Warbler, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

November 12, 2011

Townsend's Warbler, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

November 12, 2011

Fox Sparrow, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

November 26, 2011

Mew Gull, Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa

December 3, 2011

Northern Mockingbird, South Harbor Way, Bodega Bay December 13, 2011

Adult Brown Pelican, non-breeding plumage, Bodega Bay December 13, 2011

White-throated Sparrow, Strawberry School Park Santa Rosa, December 21, 2011

Common Gallinule, Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility Petaluma, December 15, 2011

Black-crowned Night Heron, Lake Ralphine

Santa Rosa, December 22, 2011

Spotted Towhee, Spring Lake

Santa Rosa, December 26, 2011

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spring Lake Park, Santa Rosa January 21, 2012

Willet, non-breeding plumage, Porto Bodega

January 12, 2012

Thayer's Gull, Roberts Lake, Santa Rosa

February 11, 2012

Savannah Sparrow, Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility

February 11, 2012

Cattle Egret, Ninth St. Rookery, Santa Rosa

March 28, 2012

Hermit Thrush, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

March 28, 2012

Great Egret, Ninth St. Rookery, Santa Rosa

March 28, 2012

Great Egret, Ninth St. Rookery, Santa Rosa

March 28, 2012

Steller's Jay collecting nest material

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, March 28, 2012

Ruddy Duck, male in breeding plumage, Lucchesi Park

Petaluma April 4, 2012

Male Gadwall, Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility

April 7, 2012

Female Cinnamon Teal

Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility, April 7, 2012

California Quail, Santa Rosa

April 24, 2012

Great-tailed Grackle, Place to Play Park, Santa Rosa,

June 13, 2012

Snowy Egret in flight

Place to Play Park, Santa Rosa, June 25, 2012

Anna's Hummingbird (female)

Stone Castle Lane, Santa Rosa, August 12, 2012

Red-necked Phalarope (late juvenile)

Doran Beach, Bodega Bay, September 5, 2012

Eurasian Collared-dove

Spud Point Marina, Bodega Bay, September 13, 2012

Western Gull, Doran Beach, Bodega Bay, September 13, 2012--Yes, he swallowed it

Pectoral Sandpiper, Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility, September 24, 2012

Cape May Warbler, UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab

October 1, 2012

Tropical Kingbird, Sandpiper Ct. near Whaleship Rd., Bodega Bay, October 1, 2012

Western Tanager (female), Dunbar Road, Kenwood

October 27, 2012

Black-necked Stilt, Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, November 10, 2012

American Robin, near Occidental

December 30, 2012

Probable Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, December 12, 2012

Tree Swallow, Tolay Lake Regional Park

February 9, 2013

Cackling Goose, Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma, February 24, 2013

Snowy Plover (breeding plumage)

Doran Beach, Bodega Bay, March 28, 2013

Black-necked Stilts copulating

Place to Play Park, Santa Rosa, March 6, 2013

Killdeer, Ellis Creek Water Recycling Plant, Petaluma April 18, 2013

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, May 14, 2013

California Thrasher

Pine Flat Rd., Healdsburg, June 1, 2013

Sage Sparrow

Pine Flat Rd., Healdsburg, June 1, 2013

Wilson's Warbler

Hole in the Head, Bodega Bay, June 26, 2013

Warbling Vireo

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, July 31, 2013

Virginia Rail, East Rail Pond, Bodega Bay

September 10, 2013

Variant Heermann’s Gull,showing white in wings

Near Campbell Cove, Bodega Bay, September 20, 2013

Blackburnian Warbler, Point Reyes (Marin County)

September 28, 2013

Black-throated Blue Warbler, Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay

October 14, 2013

American Bittern, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

October 29, 2013

Green Heron, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

October 29, 2013

Anna’s Hummingbird, Stone Castle Lane

Santa Rosa, November 7, 2013

Red-tailed Hawk--a beautiful dark-morph bird

Near the Bodega Farm Pond, November 27, 2013

Hutton’s Vireo, Frati Lane

December 29, 2013

Cinnamon Teal, Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility

February 1, 2014

Bushtit, Stone Castle Lane, Santa Rosa

March 31, 2014

Ash-throated Flycatcher, Spring Lake, Santa Rosa

July 11, 2014

Western Tanager (female), Hole in the Head, Bodega Bay

September 6, 2014

Snowy Egret, Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa, November 28, 2014

Townsend’s Warbler, Diekmann’s Store, Bodega Bay

January 17, 2015

Nashville Warbler, Diekmann’s Store, Bodega Bay

January 17, 2015

Bewick’s Wren

Willowside Rd., Santa Rosa, April 18, 2015

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Lake Ralphine,

Santa Rosa, August 2, 2015

Greater Yellowlegs, Ellis Creek Water Recycling Plant

September 15, 2015

Evening Grosbeak, 14th St. and St. Helena Ave.,

Santa Rosa, December 7, 2015

Magnolia Warbler, Diekmann’s Bay Store, Bodega Bay

October 21, 2015

Great-tailed Grackle (male), Lake Ralphine, Santa Rosa, December 20, 2015

White-faced Ibis, Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility Petaluma, January 24, 2016

Sage Thrasher, Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, February 4, 2016

Young Pacific-slope Flycatcher,

Howarth Park, Santa Rosa August 3, 2016

Probable Tennessee Warbler

Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay, September 13, 2016

Female California Quail

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, December 18, 2016