Date: 7/19/20 12:28 pm From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands Boardwalk and Duck Pond Loop Trail
This morning I headed out to Palo Alto Baylands to scout out the location for a SCVAS wheelchair accessible self-guided Sept birding trip. I started with the wooden boardwalk that's behind the temporarily closed Lucy Evans Nature Center. While walking out towards the bay, I scanned the Harriet Mundy Marsh on the right and found several GREATER YELLOW LEGS along with one LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A little over halfway down the boardwalk there is a small channel that cuts through the pickleweed. This is "Rail Alley" and sure enough one RIDGWAY RAIL was preening and foraging in the channel.
Next, I walked the 1/2 mile duck pond trail to scan the slough for shorebirds. The tide was out and the mudflat were exposed. The usual LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, one WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWITS, WILLETS, AMERICAN AVOCETS and a couple of SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were present.
As Steve Tucker mentioned, all the parking lots were open. The visitor center is closed but there are two porta-potties open - one at the duck pond and one ADA compliant facility at the sailing station parking lot. The park was *not* crowded so social distancing was easy.