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).
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