Black-necked stilts and other shorebirds can be seen now at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area east of Davis. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
Enormous mixed flocks of blackbirds can regularly be seen at Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. Keep your windows open to hear their sounds. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
A river otter dines at the smaller Northstar Pond. David Kalb/Courtesy photo
Several kildeer used the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area parking lot puddles to bathe in. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
A six-inch-long praying mantis attempts to scale the exterior wall of the Jackman home. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo
A solo western grebe is hanging out at the Northstar Pond. The author has never seen them at that location but the pied-billed grebes, one-third the size, are regularly there. Jean Jackman/Courtesy photo

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