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Discussion in 'United States' started by Zoo Birding, 23 May 2022.

  1. Zoo Birding

    Zoo Birding Well-Known Member

    1 Sep 2019
    Elk Grove, CA
    Having lived in Northern California all my life, I've always seen the sign for this zoo off of Highway 99 for a while now and on April 28, 2022, my curiosity got the better of me and I finally visited the zoo.

    As some of you know, I'm a proud bird nerd, and so when I do species lists / rosters, I specifically look at birds.

    Given the size of this zoo, this is a quick roster compared to those I've made previously. Here's what I spotted or saw signage for during my trip:

    • Northern pintail (Anas acuta)
    • Marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris)
    • Ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
    • Speckled pigeon (Columba guinea guinea)
    • Spotted thick-knee [dikkop] (Burhinus capensis ssp.)
    • Northern bald (Waldrapp) ibis (Geronticus eremita)
    • Western turkey vulture (Cathartes aura aura)
    • American golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos canadensis)
    • Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis ssp.)
    • European roller (Coracias garrulus garrulus)
    • Lesser vasa (Black) parrot (Coracopsis nigra ssp.)
    • Hawk-head (Red-fan) parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus accipitrinus)

    I hope sometime in the near future, this tiny zoo can once again be accredited by the AZA and being their tiniest zoo on the roster. For me, the birds that made the trip worthwhile were the marbled teals, the European roller (he is one of either five or eight left in the United States, and I believe I heard the ones that are left are all males; he had its 19th (?) "hatch day"), and the lesser vasa parrots.
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