Date: 9/5/17 7:58 pm From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Subject: [NBB] southern Sonoma County
Today, I led a Marin Audubon Society walk down along Highway 37 from Reclamation Road to Port Sonoma.
It was very warm, but we managed to eke out some interesting birds. The violet-green swallows and the Vaux's swifts are in full swing right now on their journey south. We had the largest flock of Vaux's swifts I think I have ever seen. There were probably 70 or 80 birds swirling above us at one time. About 80 Violet-green swallows perched on wires for us, so we could study the differences between the males, females and immatures ( they were too hot to move).
On the way to meet the group, I stopped at Shollenberger Park (in Petaluma). There were 8 red-necked phalaropes in the pond nearest the Point Blue building. There were also 5 Pacific golden-plovers in the tidal mudflat field to the south (otherwise known as Gray's Field). They used to be fairly regular in that spot, but haven't been seen there for about 5 years, that I can remember. It was just like old times. I posted lousy pictures in my ebird checklist.