Almaden Lake always has something of interest and wasn't crowded at 8:30 this morning. The continuing SPOTTED SANDPIPER pair was seen on the small island where they may be nesting. Two GREAT BLUE HERON'S fledged from their island nest and were hunting side by side. The PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER nest seen on a field trip on the 13th was empty now. Across the pedestrian bridge a young begging BROWN HEADED COWBIRD was repeatedly fed by a PSFL. A HOODED ORIOLE pair fed young in another active nest also on the west side. Nearby I watched a BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER with a feather fly to a nest high in a recently trimmed Pepper tree. I just happened to be in the right place to follow it to its hidden nest. The COMMON MERGANSER female has just three remaining young now. Two male GREAT TAILED GRACKLES were calling loudly from the crowded island bird sanctuary. Recent arrivals here were two BELTED KINGFISHERS. An adult SONG SPARROW fed a streaky dark fledgling and a young NO. FLICKER called repeatedly from a tree. All this and more right at the lake.
Janna Pauser San Jose
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