I did a loop in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park this afternoon between showers. A male PHAINOPEPLA has returned to the mistletoe laden scraggly oak tree near the Vargas Drive gate. A RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER was flying from tree to tree in the neighborhood outside the gate. I had a second duller RBSA on the middle trail towards Fontana Park and a possible third where three trails meet near a landmark boulder. The park was very birdy for mid afternoon with lots of sparrows and WESTERN BLUEBIRDS seen.
Intending to bird at Almaden Lake Park this morning, I found the park closed. I birded up the steep hill opposite the lake and found a SLATE COLORED JUNCO. Birds were active all along this trail hiking up and quiet on the return half an hour later. Next I decided to look for the Swamp Sparrow I found yesterday and ran into Ann Verdi who had seen it a bit further north along the Guadalupe River trail. I didn't see it today but three SORA were out in the open and five GREAT TAILED GRACKLES were in the cattails.
Janna Pauser San Jose
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