Black-necked stilts forage striding about on long red legs, picking at food in shallow water It has a distinctive "kek kek kek kek kek" call. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
The colorful male cinnamon teal is in breeding plumage and along side foraging is the plainer female. They can be spotted at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
A great blue heron, oblivious to traffic on Interstate 80, stands motionless, listening for dinner. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
The long-billed curlew is fairly abundant around Davis most of the year. It is found in marshes and mudflats. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Male and female Northern pintail and American wigeon forage at the Yolo Basin. The males are the colorful ones. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
A red-tailed hawk finds dinner at the Yolo Basin. This large hawk is common in our area; you'll often see one perched along the road. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
White-crowned sparrows are the author's regular backyard visitors at this time of the year — they're around from September through April, singing a "sitli-sitli te-te-te-te-zrrrr" that brightens any winter day. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
These greater white fronted geese flew over the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. Huge flocks have been foraging in the rice fields along with snow geese. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
White-tailed kites and numerous other raptors can be easily spotted with the leaves off the trees. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo

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