Date: 1/14/20 2:15 pm From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Some Birding at the Oka Percolation Ponds on 1/14/2020
On the way to the Perc Ponds I got onto Dell Avenue and found a parking space near 1359 Dell, where it's a shorter walk (and no fees) to the observation platform at the southwest corner of the main pond. I was hoping for the bittern, but what I got was a Common Gallinule. (See first photo). However, just out of the picture to the left was an obscured Black-crowned Night-Heron and, for a brief moment, I heard and saw a Great-tailed Grackle behind the Gallinule.
Over at the restroom area I saw and photographed the Cackling Goose. (See second photo). I picked up 4 year birds, and had a total of 43 species seen today. For quite a while there was a soaring, slightly-immature Golden Eagle. When I noticed a couple of White-throated Swifts zooming near the eagle, I quickly snapped a picture -- but no sign of the swifts near the eagle.
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