Nature and wildlife

The beauty of nature outside our doors

Egret

BluejayLeave it to Bill Gengler to find the beauty in the nature all around us -- from an exotic egret, above, to a backyard bluejay. He writes, "A recent Bee featured an article and photographs about going out and viewing birds on the American River and other places in Northern California.  Just thought I would send you this large package of Rancho Murieta birds that residents can view without traveling around the valley or going down to the American River.  All of these pictures were taken inside Rancho Murieta or at the Equestrian Center in 2015. No bald eagles included." The photos are in the latest Bill Gengler gallery, viewable here.

Little Murieta swans all in a row

Swan babies

Bill (Birdman) Gengler's latest: "Here is an update on the Mute Swan Family.  Mom and Pop seem to like what they have produced and have already taught them how to listen to their parents and march in line to the beat of their drums. Have a good day."

Welcome to the newest Murieta residents

Swans

ChicksBill (Birdman) Gengler shares photos and this note: "I have been checking for chicks for several days, and so has the Mute Swan father down at one of our Rancho lakes. Today is the day. Congrats, parents, you now have a family (at least two chicks). The mother has been sitting on her big nest for a long time with dad floating around staring at her waiting for this to happen."

Eagle puts on a show for new Murietan

Eagle

HikeVladimir Parra, who just relocated here from San Diego, took his son out hiking the other day to see if they could spot one of Rancho Murieta's celebrated bald eagles.  They got a sight they'll remember forever and photos they wanted to share with us all.

And happy Valentine's Day to you!

Valentine swans

Murietan Paul Anderson knew he had taken the perfect Valentine's Day picture when he captured this shot at Lake Chesbro a couple of weeks ago.

Cosumnes: What a difference a day makes

Cosumnes -- Saturday

Craig Sheumaker shares these shots of the Cosumnes from midday Saturday and midday Sunday.  See any difference?  The Community Services District started diverting from the river despite its muddy condition after river flows skyrocketed past the diversion flow threshhold Saturday.  Paul Siebensohn, director of CSD field operations, said they're diverting to Lake Calero, where the sediment should settle out.

Cosumnes -- Sunday

Intense downpour taxes drainage, Scott Road

Downpour

The downpour between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday taxed the community's drainage system, as you can see on Puerto Drive, where a drainage ditch briefly flooded part of this yard.  We're getting reports of flash flooding on Scott Road in places where it doesn't usually flood.  Please share any reports of your own in the comments.

Three outings at Deer Creek Hills Feb. 21

Deer Creek Hills

The Deer Creek Hills conservancy outside Rancho Murieta will offer a range of outings on Saturday, Feb. 21 -- a guided equestrian ride, a bird-watching walk and one hike that takes in the birding, geology and history aspects of the land. Read more »

A January morning on Lake Calero

Lake Calero

Jude Gaither shares this shot of Lake Calero, taken Thursday morning, and adds, "I never take beautiful Rancho Murieta for granted."  The springlike warmth we've enjoyed is supposed to continue into next week, with highs in the 60s (but no rain).

Nature's own happy new year

New year flowers

Every winter, these paperwhites pop up at the corner of Rio Blanco Drive and Fuente De Paz, promising the spring that can seem far away on a frosty January morning.  The flowers have their own way of saying happy new year.

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