Cosumnes River Preserve and Woodbridge Road

Stockton, California

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The Cosumnes River Preserve contains nearly 10,000 acres, and is owned by a group of organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, and Ducks Unlimited. Much of the preserve is riparian forest, but there are also areas managed for wintering waterfowl and migrating shorebirds. The preserve has been classified as a Globally Important Bird Area because of its wintering populations of Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Cinnamon Teal, White-tailed Kite, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Magpie, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, Tricolored Blackbird. Summer—Swainson’s Hawk; Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Western Kingbird; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting; Bullock’s Oriole. Winter—Greater Whitefronted Goose, Sandhill Crane. Migrant—Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Cosumnes River Preserve and Woodbridge Road Professional Review and Guide

"The Cosumnes River Preserve contains nearly 10,000 acres, and is owned by a group of organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, and Ducks Unlimited. Much of the preserve is riparian forest, but there are also areas managed for wintering waterfowl and migrating shorebirds. The preserve has been classified as a Globally Important Bird Area because of its wintering populations of Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Cinnamon Teal, White-tailed Kite, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Magpie, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, Tricolored Blackbird. Summer—Swainson’s Hawk; Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Western Kingbird; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting; Bullock’s Oriole. Winter—Greater Whitefronted Goose, Sandhill Crane. Migrant—Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Stockton
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-July for breeding birds; April-October for Swainson’s Hawks; September for fall migrants; November-March for most waterfowl; November-February for Sandhill Cranes.
Local Contacts: Cosumnes River Preserve.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cosumnes River Preserve and Woodbridge Road

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May 2018