Date: 3/3/17 3:56 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
On Fri, 3 Mar 2017, Adam Winer <awiner...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <
> <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>> All:
>> At about 8 AM on 3/3/17, I decided to visit Charleston Road Marsh since I
>> haven't been there is quite a while. I started at the eastern end
>> sump-pump (near Charleston Rd and Shorebird Way) and did a clockwise loop
>> west to Shoreline Blvd and back. It was fairly birdy with many sparrows
>> and both goldfinches, but quiet. An exception was a close Fox Sparrow who
>> did a long whisper-song, in contrast to the joyful outburst I usually hear
>> at Glacier Point. I think, time-wise, we are very close to the spring-sing.
>> I had not heard that the marsh was undergoing an extensive, and
>> not-yet-quite-finished, renovation. The trail has been completely redone
>> into a sandy path, with a relatively open area between it and the reeds.
> ... an open area yes, but with quite a lot of young plantings (natives as
> best I can tell).
> I'm optimistic that if the plantings grow in well, the quality of habitat
> will be significantly improved. I don't know if the birding will be
> improved, since you're set back further from the marsh (except for the
> decks and bridges).
> -- Adam Winer

Coincidentally, I visited yesterday for my first time since the work
began. A lot of good vegetation (including various exotic conifers
and hedges and pretty much all berry-bearing shrubs) has been removed,
and the species variety and birding experience was not as good as it
once was. The open area is also a problem, but it mainly affects (for
now) the southeast quadrant, and the new plantings may help. One
concern I have is whether the two new bridges across the marsh will
lessen the attractiveness of the area to some birds (impeding their
motion along the marsh, for example).

Al Eisner

Posted by: Al Eisner <eisner...>

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