- The Cassin's Sparrow in eastern Sacramento County was present and singing
this morning (May 25). It was in the same area as previously described and
ranged from the area of the two gates to the large puddle of water in the
road (where it bathed).
The area can be reached by going east from Sacramento on Highway 16.
Shortly after passing Rancho Murieta, turn left (north) on Michigan Bar
Road. Follow Michigan Bar Road until it comes to a T intersecton. At the T
intersection, turn left (onto Latrobe Road) and go 1.1 miles. Park at the
crest of the hill near the gates. This morning the bird was seen from the
area of the gates, west along Latrobe Road to the large puddle of water in
the middle of the road.
I also had a couple of Lawrence's Goldfinches along Michigan Bar Road. They
were approximately 0.5 miles north of the single lane bridge on Michigan Bar
Road. I have seen Lawrence's Goldfinches in this area in May in prior years
(especially from the bridge as they come down to the river to drink).