Date: 11/11/18 12:59 pm From: David Zittin <dzittin...> Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS Field trip at Sunnyvale Water Treatment Plan
Twelve of us braved the harsh, windy South Bay Environment and we fared well.
I broke the observations into two lists: one list starts at the Carl Road-Bay Trail intersection and continues SE to the north end of the SMART station.
The other starts in about the same place, but is a list of birds acquired as we walked out to the radar tower and includes the Water Treatment Plant West Pond.
We saw over 50 species between the two lists.
- An impossible to count number of Northern Shovelers, but using consensus and hyperventilation we estimated a count of about 5000 of this species.
- The second highest species by count were Canvasbacks and we estimated 1500.
- Virginia Rail and Sora clearly heard, and a Sora presented itself for a nice long, view
- Three Redheads were seen in among the Shovelers and Canvasbacks.
- At least 20 Western Meadowlarks
- Steve Tracy saw a Palm Warbler
- At least three Bonapartes Gulls
- Several Pipits (at least 20)
- One Wilson's Snipe
- Three Great-tailed Grackles
- One Lincoln's Sparrow