The Palo Alto SBC count circle is half in Santa Clara County and half in San Mateo County. Yesterday, 6/2/18, was the 38th consecutive summer count. A tentative total is about 149 species, one more than our average over 37 years.
Some highlights for the count include a male REDHEAD (10 years) in (closed) Pond A3W (both Western and Clark's Grebes are attempting to nest in that pond as well). At least two OSPREY (9 years) were seen in the South Bay, there is a nest in a tower near the junction of Coyote Creek and Alviso Slough this year outside the circle, but the probable nest owners were in the circle. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (13 years) was in the Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo County. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (12 years) was heard. PILEATED WOODPECKERS (16 years) are continuing to do well. At least 4 SAY'S PHOEBES (7) were found near Moffett Field where they have nested in recent years. Both GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (7) AND HERMIT THRUSH (6) were sound in the Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo. LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES (12) were found in multiple locations in both counties, so a good year for them. A BELL'S SPARROW (6) was found in Jasper Ridge Biological Reserve, a modern record*. A single male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (9) was at Michaels at Shoreline.
Thanks to all who came out on this hot June day!
Bill Bousman Menlo Park
*Bell's Sparrow has never been common in San Mateo County. Here is a smattering of records: 1 May 1910 2 nests with eggs, Redwood City (Chase Littlejohn). This was when there was pasture there by the Bay. 7-13 May 1910 1 nest with eggs, hills behind San Carlos (Chase Littlejohn) 14 May 1955 1, Jasper Ridge (/fide/ Robert M. Row) 6 Jun 1974 1 singing, San Carlos (/Am. Birds/ 28:947)