Date: 12/30/19 11:03 am From: Rick Herder <rick.herder...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC preliminary summary
About 85 observers enjoyed a clear, almost windless count day on Saturday, Dec. 28. A preliminary species count totals 143 species, a few more than last year. Participants have been very good about posting interesting results here on southbaybirds so I won't go into detail but will mention a few highlights. Notable birds already reported on this user group include Greater White-fronted and Cackling Goose, Phainopepla, and Chipping Sparrow. Observers also found Lewis's Woodpecker, Tree, Violet-Green, and Barn Swallows, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. There was a mystery Kingbird in Coyote Valley at Laguna and Dougherty - yellow-bellied with no obvious markings on the tail. Maybe a reader of this will find it again. We may have the area's most reliable Wood Duck group just upstream from the Visitors Center at Anderson Lake County Park. After a first review, it looks like we have at least 10 different Bald Eagle individuals in the circle, with 2nd-year, 3rd-year, and adults all represented. It helped that Ranger Brian Christensen of Santa Clara County Parks took a boat of counters out onto Lake Anderson this year. Besides Bald Eagles, the north end of the lake had many aechmophorus grebes and Spotted Sandpipers. On count week a European Wigeon was reported at Calero.
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