Date: 7/13/20 4:23 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Excellent!
:)

I will fix it on eBird.
It does look like a bishop. 😁


On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:17 PM Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> wrote:

> I think you got the Northern Bishop! It's a rarity for the area.
>
> Eve
>
> On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:02 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:
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S71405899
>>
>> Michelle Nelson
>>
>>
>>

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