The Almaden Lake bird sanctuary island was full of egrets and herons this morning. The bare tree that supported so many nests the last few years blew down in a storm, making it more crowded that ever. I counted 51 BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERONS on the south side with more likely hidden in foliage. A GREAT BLUE HERON was at a large nest with a possible mate nearby. One GREEN HERON was seen at the waters edge. WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, TREE and VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS were competing for hanging nest boxes. A BUSHTIT pair chose an unfortunate place to start a nest low in a shrub near the Bocce Ball court. Two PIED BILLED GREBE pair and seven COMMON MERGANSER'S were on the lake. The RED NAPED SAPSUCKER continues to feed at Pepper tree sap. I picked out two MYRTLES YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER after hearing their louder, low chip call.
This afternoon I found four CHIPPING SPARROWS in the Redwood grove in TJ Martin Park. It was unusual to see them perched high in a tree. A NORTHERN FLICKER pair and WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were also here.