Date: 12/27/19 5:24 pm From: Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Eagle and Gulls at Don Edwards
Today, Dec 27, my mom, dad and I went out to Don Edwards EEC area at around 10:40am. Just as we were driving into the parking lot a Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on a pole, but before I could get pictures a Red-shouldered Hawk chased it away.
Walking along the south edge of A16, I was inspired to look at the gulls after reading about the Gull Workshop held here by Bill Pelletier and Kitty O'Neil. The gulls flew by super close to the trail, allowing for great photo opportunities. Among the many Ring-billed, California, Herring, and Glaucous-winged Gulls were four Iceland (Thayer's) Gulls, three Mew Gulls, at least two Olympic (Western x Herring hybrid) Gulls, and three Cook Inlet (Herring x Glaucous-winged) Gulls. As I was looking at the gulls, my mom spotted a first-year BALD EAGLE eating a carcass at the far end of Crittenden Marsh, presumably the same one found by the Gull Workshop group on the 23rd. In A16 there was a large group of at least 200 Cinnamon Teals, as well as a single Red-breasted Merganser.
We then walked along Mallard Slough, where there were five Common Gallinules in the reeds, along with a heard-only Sora.
As we were leaving, there was a Cooper's Hawk sitting in a bush between the EEC and the gate.