Date: 11/13/18 11:26 am From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Baldwin Creek and Swanton
I visited Baldwin Creek on Monday and was able to find the Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Green-winged Teal,, a couple of Wilson's Snipes, plus the female Hooded Merganser, reported by Phil Brown. The Merganser was originally in the smaller pond parallel to the beach, but later emerged at the top of the creek (or was that a 2nd Merganser?). I also spotted what I'm pretty sure was a 2nd (or 3rd) female Hooded Merganser in the larger pond to the south, visible from the RR tracks. A few Mallards, Pied-billed Grebes and Northern Shovelers, and a lot of Coots. Less luck with raptors: several Red-tailed Hawks and White-tailed Kite, but I did get to watch the Kite harass on of the Hawks. Also saw a Snowy Egret chase a Black-crowned Night-heron from one pond to the other. On the beach, Sanderlings (look for one with a lame left leg). In the water, a few Surf Scoters and a large flock of gulls off-shore. Along the RR tracks and back to Hwy 1: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Western Meadowlark, Say's Phoebe, Common Yellowthroat and lots of White-crowned Sparrows.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 8:55:34 PM UTC-8, pdpbrown wrote: > > 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. > > Phil Brown >