Today I started birding the Guadalupe River trail north of Coleman where I had an adult COMMON GALLINULE with a red bill in the cattails north of the Coleman bridge. It was seen in the same location on my return, leading me to believe the basic plumage COGA I reported on 6-30 could have been a fledgling. It's behavior was unusual as it flew up and remained high in the cattails. Looking west across the Guadalupe River I found a SPOTTED SANDPIPER which was seen again later.
At Almaden Lake I heard several SCALY BREASTED MUNIA near the bathrooms upon my arrival and again on departure. There were two SPOTTED SANDPIPER adults on the small island near the pedestrian bridge where I have seen them for months. An adult CASPIAN TERN and a COMMON MERGANSER family were also here. In previous years the tern had a single chick by its side but not today. An adult GREEN HERON flew to the shore but I have not seen any fledglings this year. At least seven HOODED ORIOLES, a BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER and WARBLING VIREO were mostly heard only. I found a BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER in the Pepper trees where I found its nest on 6-24. A WRENTIT was a surprise on the west side of the bridge today. A female GREAT TAILED GRACKLE flew to the north west end of the island with food repeatedly. Another female and a male were foraging for food in garbage cans. The island was speckled with white SNOWY and GREAT EGRETS.
Next I birded the nearby SCV Water District headquarters where I ran into Ann Verdi. Together we looked for the Spotted Sandpiper seen earlier, hoping for offspring. On the south end of the property behind the gate we found a fuzzy mostly gray SPOTTED SANDPIPER chasing after an adult. It was exactly a year ago today that I found and photographed an adult and juv. SPSA here. Today's bird looked very young perhaps days old. Years ago Ann taught me the value of patch birding and I continue to bird local. Ann will report the water district birds but I might add that I came across another WRENTIT, which was seen here by Ann on an earlier date.
Janna Pauser San Jose
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