Date: 7/13/20 4:08 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via <Bobhirt=<>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Looks like a Northern Red Bishop.
Photo below.


Bob Hirt
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Please excuse the brevity, the typos, and the sometimes humorous autocorrect changes.

> On Jul 13, 2020, at 4:01 PM, Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> wrote:
> I visited the Crittenden Marsh and walked along the Stevens Creek Trail yesterday. I didn't make it to where the Least Terns and sandpipers were, but spent some quality time with the burrowing owls near the kite area.
> When I arrived, a photographer was sitting on the ground outside the protected owl area. One of the owls had landed very close to her and had stayed in the same spot for about an hour. I came across both of them and took a few shots myself. The owl stuck around for another 30 minutes. It had almost fallen asleep with the lady photographer, and was not too anxious to leave when I arrived either. The only thing that seemed to disturb it was a jogger, and it flew to the post soon after. (See picture) I had pulled weeds for these birds before for SFBBO, but this was incredible. Was this considered invading its space when the owl was the one that didn't read the memo? I use an 18-400 mm lens, and had it set for 400.
> After the owl took off, I continued on to the marsh area. Two unusual birds, according to eBird, were a Western Grebe and a Black-headed Grosbeak. I hope I have identified the grosbeak correctly.
> I'm attaching a picture to show where the Grosbeak was. It was a pretty popular area, with a lot of "slime" below a pipe, followed by a marshy area. A hummingbird, finch, and egret joined the party. It was across from the pump station.
> For more details:
> Michelle Nelson
> <IMG_9398 (2).JPG>
> <IMG_9521.JPG>
> <Black headed Grosbeak 2 Stevens Creek.jpg>

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