Date: 1/1/18 6:11 pm From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Subject: [pen-bird] New Year's Day near the Bay
For New Year's Day I did some leisurely birding near the Bay. I made a late start, first visiting the public trail around Facebook in Menlo Park. Near the parking lot I heard a SORA, hopefully a good omen. As I neared the NW corner, Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin arrived. I've already posted about the HARRIS'S SPARROW, which provided good views at about 9:15. (I'll include a brief description with an eBird post later today.) We all also heard a VIRGINIA RAIL in the same area.
Hoping to add Ridgway's Rail for the day, I next visited the NWR marsh on the northeast side of East Palo Alto. But the only rail I detected was one which gave a couple of sqawks when a NORTHERN HARRIER flew low over it. (For that sort of call I'm not comfortable separating Ridgway's from Virginia.)
Next over to Redwood Creek by Seaport Centre. There I saw a pair of BARROW'S GOLDENEYEs with 18 COMMON GOLDENEYEs. A BELTED KINGFISHER was also in the area, but no other ducks. The pond was full of water (it is not tidal, but does flood at the highest tides). A single tire was sticking out of the water, and on it was perched a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. As I drove out I noticed that the number of CANADA GEESE at the corner of Chesapeake and Galveston had increased over what was there when I drove in, and with them was an adult SNOW GOOSE. (Pink bill, not stubby, with a prominent dark grin mark and no dark at the base of the bill; pure white plumage indicated an adult.)
After lunch I visited the bayside area at Coyote Point. The tide was rapidly going out, and haze limited viewing (making it hard to find anything else with the hundreds of SURF SCOTERs beyond the concrete slabs). There was a nice assortment of the regular shorebirds and waterbirds, but I didn't find anything less usual. A few brief stops in Redwood Shores after that added a few species, but none worth noting here.
Good birding. Al Eisner
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