Date: 12/29/19 3:25 pm From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Martial Cottle CP - Calero-Morgan Hill CBC 12/28/19
My coverage of the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC (12/28/19) was at Martial Cottle CP, an agricultural farm in the Edenvale area which is the only county park entirely within the boundaries of the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC circle.
While most bird species were down this year in terms of numbers and variety, some special birds unique to this park surrounded by suburbia were found. Best sighting was a flock of at least 20 AMERICAN PIPITS seen foraging among the rows of newly planted herbs in the agricultural fields. Among other highlights were two SAY'S PHOEBES (low count this time), seven SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and nine W. MEADOWLARKS (also a low count this time). The "non-best" sighting was a large flock of EUROPEAN STARLINGS which suddenly burst out from a tree, then joined by another starling burst coming in from somewhere else culminating into a swarm of swirling starlings - I estimated at least 150 birds, but there were probably more. Also seen were at least 60 AMERICAN CROWS, four vocal COMMON RAVENS, two RED-TAILED HAWKS, and one COOPER'S HAWK.
Ann Verdi San Jose
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