From: <south-bay-birds...> on behalf of "Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Reply-To: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...>
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:58 PM
To: "<south-bay-birds...>" <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
On Sunday, 4/16, a stellar team of young birders completed a 4-hour SCVAS birdathon. Though I and a group of parents joined, the Fledglings identified all of the birds themselves. They found 94 species in total.
The day started strong at Charleston Slough with the calling Black Rail! The team also saw a Sora, enjoyed a Black Skimmer on the Shoreline Lake Island, and spotted a Great-tailed Grackle flying over. A short stop at Ulistac was rainy, but produced Nuttall's Woodpecker, California Thrasher, and White-throated Swift. The final birding site was the area around the EEC at Don Edwards in Alviso. Vaux's Swifts fluttered overhead while Orange-crowned Warblers trilled in the shrubs. A Barn Owl gave a quick flyby. 2 Redheads and a few American Wigeon were on A16. Several large flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls flew over. The birding finished strong with 6+ Blue-winged Teal and a Common Gallinule on Mallard Slough.
What a bunch of great birders! It was so wonderful to be out with such an enthusiastic, skilled, and fun group. Team members were Sergey Pavlov, Gabrielle Baum, Ozzie Altus,
Kieran Mackey, Nathanial Joffe, Vayum & Anika Tiwari, and Mitali & Anaya Khanzode.