Date: 3/12/17 1:39 pm From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Subject: [SBB] Grant Ranch Bird Walk
Rich Page's Grant Ranch bird walk had a raptor-ish start at the parking lot. Two adult Bald Eagles swooped down to the road edge before flying across the lake to perch in some trees; they changed their perches often during the morning. We also had an immature Red-tailed Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk, a perched White-tailed Kite in the distance (later it was diving at something for quite a while), and a very distant Golden Eagle which we later saw from a bit closer. Later we had a view of two Red-shouldered Hawks actually mating.
Right at that beginning I had, for me, a first time ever view of a tight-flock of Great Blue Herons circling low over us for a while before landing in the tops of distant trees. The ducks on the lake were greatly reduced, but we still had enough to keep us busy spotting. The usual sparrow flocks, swallow flocks, bluebirds, singing thrashers and flickers were about what you would expect. We ended with 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers. I recorded 61 species, but I'm not sure how accurate that is for the whole group.