I hadn't birded the Guadalupe River trail north of Coleman since September. To my surprise the water level was high enough to support rails north of the Coleman bridge. A SORA was foraging in the open with more heard. A VIRGINIA RAIL briefly confronted the Sora then disappeared. MARSH WREN, AM. GOLDFINCH, 3 GREEN HERON, CEDAR WAXWINGS, 2 NORTHERN FLICKER, PURPLE FINCH, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and a RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER were other highlights. On my return a MERLIN perched atop the tallest tree near Almaden Exp. took off after a House Finch and never even got close. Approximately 100 CANADA GEESE flew past on their way to Almaden Lake and 5 GREAT TAILED GRACKLE were back in the cattails.
Janna Pauser San Jose
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