Sunset at Lake Clementia

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Sunset

Photographer Paul Anderson writes, "Loving these stormy sunsets. Lake Clementia last night." And now, a break in the weather. The forecasters see a few dry days, then rain Tuesday into Thursday. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Sunset at Lake Clementia

Group reports on efforts to improve lakes

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Local organizations have issued a report about their work to improve community lakes, in particular Laguna Joaquin. The Rancho Murieta Association, Community Services District and downstream ranchers are represented in the group, which was formed in response to last July's fish kill at Laguna Joaquin. Read more » Read more » about Group reports on efforts to improve lakes

Getting the nursery ready once again

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Nest

Neighbor Paul Anderson, who has shared so many great photos, offers this one and some news about our local bald eagles: "I was out photographing last weekend.  I have not seen the eagles around the past few weeks and suspected she may be on the nest.  Sunday I was able to see that bright white head popping out of the nest.  She was definitely sitting on an egg. Bald eagle gestation period is only 35 days, so I suspect we will have eaglets by the end of March!" Paul captured other eagle babies last spring. (Click photo for larger image) Read more » about Getting the nursery ready once again

Birdman finds a pretty little falcon

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Falcon

Bill (Birdman) Gengler checks in with a new photo: "Spotted this new neighbor with double stripes on its face at Lake Clementia this week. It is not a hawk although it looks a lot like one. It is the smallest falcon there is. It is an American Kestral and its call is a shrill killy killy killy. It feeds on insects, reptiles and small mammals. As it is doing in the photo, it often perches on telephone wires before plunging on its prey. Interesting, huh?" Read more » about Birdman finds a pretty little falcon

Sitting on the nest and standing watch

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Neighbor Paul Wallace got these shots last week of Murieta's most famous residents chilling at their Lake Clementia home. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Sitting on the nest and standing watch

Happy Valentine's Day, Murieta lovers!

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Valentine swans

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lake Clementia! Neighbor Paul Anderson, who has shared many wonderful photos of Murieta wildlife, offers this one to put you in the mood of the day. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Happy Valentine's Day, Murieta lovers!

Fish ladder camera removed after vandalism

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Fish photos

Shots of passing fish from the camera that was pulled from the Cosumnes River. (Click photo for larger image.)

Vandalism at the Cosumnes River fish ladder, probably Rancho Murieta’s signature environmental presence, has forced the Fishery Foundation of California to remove a $50,000 fish-counting camera from the river and to address concerns about whether the camera will return. Read more » Read more » about Fish ladder camera removed after vandalism

A morning on the Cosumnes River

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Cosumnes River

It was a beautiful day to be on the Cosumnes River, as this group found near Granlees Dam Friday morning. The weather forecast says the wonderful February weather will continue into next week, but with daytimes a bit cooler – in the 60s. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A morning on the Cosumnes River

Patrolling the fields and Murieta Parkway

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Great hawk

Lake hawk

EgretBill (Birdman) Gengler checks in with more of his feathered friends: "One Swainson hawk, another hawk down by the lake and a Rancho Murieta Association egret.  The hawks are coming back to Rancho and the egret seems to be a member of RMA management, as he  has been hanging around by himself at the front and back of the RMA Building every day for at least a week. RM is becoming Bird City again.  Wonderful! Birdman is waiting for the eagles also!" (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about Patrolling the fields and Murieta Parkway

Birdman's shots of our feathered friends

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Eagle on Scott Road

It's good to welcome back Bill (Birdman) Gengler, who shares a note and photos: "Spotted and photographed a bald eagle on Scott Road last week.  Yes, they are still around. Then took a similar and unusual picture of a Rancho Murieta egret not swimming but also sitting on a tree top in Rancho.  For those who are concerned about the absence of rare hawks in Rancho Murieta, took photos of what I believe to be Swainson hawks hanging around the Country Club and the Equestrian Center last week. Keep your eyes on the sky for more of them.  Have a good RM year!  Birdman"

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