Delta Scenes on Webb Tract

The winter scenes I see in the Delta are mostly about waterfowl. Webb Tract is home to many thousands of waterfowl in winter. Aleutian geese,  white-front geese and snow geese are most common.

gaggle of geese

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Sandhill cranes were fairly uncommon 35 years ago, they now are very numerous.

sandhill cranes

Ducks were the most common waterfowl inhabitants, habitat change has reduced their numbers today. Corn fields and sand hills are most attractive to geese, especially white-front geese, often called speckle-belly geese.

resting specks

Tundra swans were numerous 30 years ago and since declined, but the last couple years they seem to be making a comeback in the delta.

tundra swans

Yesterday was a quite day. No shots were heard on my visit. Except for a few birds here and there in the air, the birds were on the ground, avoiding the wind. I few flocks of geese, that objected to the presence of my pickup, took to the sky for a few minutes and then landed.

 

Ducks on the Move

Yesterday was a moving day. At the Kerry Club, near Gustine, waterfowl were stacking up in areas not hunted.

The Volta closed zone was loaded with mallards and teal. Pintail were rafting up on the open water.

A week of relatively cold weather and approaching stormy weather was having it’s affect.

Around a pond at the Wente golf course, south of Livermore, wigeon numbers were up.

On Arroyo Del Valle creek below the dam at Del Valle Reservoir, more than 50 mallards were packed in at the bridge crossing where generally there are only one or two pairs.

Aleutian Geese, usually the first to arrive, are stacked up on Delta islands.

On the way back from the ranch this morning, I noticed that some of the stock ponds were loaded with waterfowl. It’s that time of year. Hunting should be good – at least for a while. two groups of circling ducks on Wente pond