Date: 7/10/20 7:05 am From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
Correction in my directions: walk east (not west) from the kite flying area.
On Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 6:41 AM Eve Meier via groups.io <eve.m.meier= <gmail.com...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone! > > Yesterday I parked at the kite flying lot at Shoreline Park and visited a > variety of hotspots by bike. My first stop was the Stevens Creek Delta. The > tide was way out and the lighting was bad but I could see thousands of > peeps and other shorebirds out on the mud flats. A peregrine started the > hunt and huge murmurations would form. A shorebird murmuration is > especially spectacular because waves of white (from the birds' undersides) > would pass through the dark color of the flock as the birds turned > directions. Behind me, in Salt Pond AB1, there was a small island with > lots of FORSTER'S TERNS making quite the racket. > > Next, I went south, then turned on the Moffet Bay Trail which runs between > Salt Pond AB1 and Crittenden Marsh. That's when I first heard the LEAST > TERNS. They sound completely different than the Forster's and Caspian > Terns. They are very small and looked stubby to me. I sat on the bench (0.8 > miles from trail junction) awhile to get close views of their yellow bill > and white forehead patch. > > Ben Pearl from SFBBO was conducting his Snowy Plover survey at the same > time. When he passed by, he mentioned that there were some SNOWY PLOVERS > in Crittenden Marsh. So, on my return back to the park lot, I quickly > scanned the large salt flat areas of the marsh for the plovers and was able > to spot 5 with a few being close enough to the trail that I had decent > looks with my binoculars. For more information on Ben's work, you can watch > the SCVAS Speaker Series video here: https://youtu.be/UxOgwSDFEFY. > > There were only a few cars in the parking lot and very few people on the > trails so social distancing was a breeze! > > *Directions* > Park in the kite flying lot at Shoreline which is just north of the dog > park. (Bathroom available) Walk west through the overflow parking lot, > over the two pedestrian bridges, and then walk north. Here's a map from > MidPen: https://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/map_SC_0.pdf. > Google maps and the ebird hotspot map will show the rest of the trails > north of the Stevens Creek Nature Study Area. > > *Hot Spots* > Crittenden Marsh (Stevens Creek Nature Study Area): > https://ebird.org/hotspot/L759446 > Salt Pond A2E: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L776548 > Stevens Creek Delta: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3867446 > Salt Pond AB1: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L776806 > > Happy birding! > Eve Meier (San Jose) > > >
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