Date: 7/13/20 4:17 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
I think you got the Northern Bishop! It's a rarity for the area.


On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:02 PM Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>

> 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

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