Date: 11/11/18 8:55 pm From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Baldwin Creek and Swanton
Todays Santa Cruz Bird Club trip took in Baldwin (no gull flock) and Swaton Pon. We had LESSER SCAUP, multiple WILSON'S SNIPE and a big array of raptors at Baldwin (WHITE-TAILED KITE, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MERLIN, COOPERS HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL and TURKEY VULTURE), and good selection of ducks on the ponds (NORTHERN SHOVELLER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, LESSER SCAUP and a very surprising female type HOODED MERGANSER). There were a few SANDERLINGS on the beach but few shorebirds otherwise.
On to Swanton pond where on stepping out of our cars we had LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and FERRUGiNOUS HAWK within 3 minutes. There were lots of RING-NECKED DUCKS on the pond, a couple of WOOD DUCKS, a couple of RUDDY DUCKS, a number of AMERICAN WIGEON, one GADWALL and MALLARDS. SORAS were plentiful and easy to see, and we did find one observable VIRGINIA RAIL. SAVANNAH, WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were seen. There was also a big flock of TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS.
We had 69 species for the morning.
Thanks to all who joined the group and helped find birds.