Date: 6/3/18 12:26 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [pen-bird] 38th Palo Alto Summer Bird Count

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
14 May 1955    1, Jasper Ridge (/fide/ Robert M. Row)
6 Jun 1974    1 singing, San Carlos (/Am. Birds/ 28:947)

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