Date: 7/16/20 5:40 am From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Three local parks in the Evergreen area of San Jose 7/15/2020
Yesterday morning, Patricia Lynch and I did some socially distant birding at 3 local Evergreen parks: Canyon Creek Park, Evergreen Community Center, and Montgomery Hill Park. All three parks were quiet peoplewise.
*Canyon Creek Park* is very small with a short trail running between an almost dry creek and small grassy hillside. Our best birds here were a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES, a SAY'S PHOEBE, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK that caught a ground squirrel on the grassy hill and flew off to the trees. There are no facilities at this park. ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529526
*Evergreen Community Center* has a small grassy park with a playground, picnic tables, bathroom and a paved 1/2 mile trail circling the park. There were lots of tall eucalyptus trees, a dry creek bed lined with oaks, and an area of evergreen trees. This park was bird busy with several HOODED ORIOLES, BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, WESTERN TANAGERS, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS high in the eucalyptus trees. ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529662
Our last stop was *Montgomery Hill Park* which sits behind Evergreen Community College. We used the park entrance on Falls Creek Dr (37.305059, -121.761822). This larger park has lots of steep trails over dry grassy hills and no facilities. But, we found a couple of more level trails, including the Evergreen Creek Trail which runs alongside a dry creek bed. The birding was more quiet here but the park held promise for future visits. Our favorite sighting was a covey of CALIFORNIA QUAIL in someone's lawn that we spotted as we were parking our cars. ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529697
For park locations, you can link to google maps from within each ebird checklist.
Happy Birding! Eve Meier (San Jose)
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