Killed & dressed & laid out on the bank for me, by [the] a fish hawk[s]? Pelicans in large flocks 300 or more white with black wing tips. Magnificent birds very imposing in flight wings make fine [ ] silky hiss & rustle, strong deliberate stroke sail frequently - fly in harrows perch on trees.
[sketch of bird formation]
Noticed gulls White and gray here for first time.
[Cranes] blue and white, the white less common.
Saw Eagle white head- body black and white.
Great [variety] of ducks & geese no curlews so common on upper Sacramento.
Salmon in great numbers making their way up the [river] for the first [time] this season, low water prevented there earlier appearance
8th day passed the mouth of Tuolumne about noon, not v [very] wide but rapid current the waters brown with mining mud; above the confluence the San J [Joaquin] is clear just as the Sacramento is clear above the confluence of the Feather.
Camped in a small [opening] in brier roses with strong [cal] claws as well as prickles fine erect [species] 10 or 12 ft high. handsome flrs [flowers] & [hips] great numbers of dead [cullte]
Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17 cm.
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