Feb. 9, 2018. Mid 60's to low 70's, another mostly sunny summer day.
Visitacion Valley Greenway, ~10 - 11:30 AM: Bob Hall, Noreen and I got an eye opening tour of this surprisingly wild hill strip with Yerba Buena CNPS folks today; mostly botanized and with mostly natives it was quite birdy active. A juvenile SHARP-SHINNED HAWK got bird alarms ringing and the butterflying was pretty good too with very large Gulf Fritillary population. As this 7-10 year old site matures the potential will only go up, note to check for vagrants - it's a hidden gem that has been lovingly cared for but needs some volunteer help. Some super cool hardscape and iron work too. Plan to visit there when in the nabe, mildly surprised not an eBird hot spot for this significant green strip but temporarily forgot how to suggest it as one. Ebird reviewers: hint, hint :) Thanks!
Pier 94, 1:45-2:45 PM: 35 species detected during our one hour, low tide visit. A adult plumaged HEERMANN'S GULL was first I've noticed there in a while, the two continuing male CINNAMON TEAL were tucked into the rip rap, at least 7 American Avocet four of which appear to be pair-bonded and toning up their plumage, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROW unless it was one that pulled a magic trick of appearances, one Savannah Sparrow in the salt grass, only negative data for Song Sparrow.