Date: 7/19/20 6:55 pm From: janna pauser <jannapauser...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos Ponds west
I birded the west Los Capitancillos Ponds from Singletree to Meridian this morning. WARBLING VIREO family groups were seen in three locations. Interesting because they seem to have left other area's where they nested. A single BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER was near the fish ladder. A YELLOW WARBLER was heard in a known location. Other heard only birds were BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, DOWNY WOODPECKER and WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH.
Lots of swallows, mostly NO. ROUGH WINGED and CLIFF but also VIOLET GREEN and TREE SWALLOWS were over the first two ponds. At least 50 VAUX'S SWIFTS were high overhead and to the south. I saw six GREAT TAILED GRACKLES, 2 males, 2 females and 2 fledglings. A small flock of HOODED ORIOLES was chattering near the creek. Of interest on the ponds was the RUDDY DUCK family. An adult GREEN HERON was at the west most pond. A PIED BILLED GREBE nest with nestlings was tucked into the cattails near nesting AM. COOTS. More coots were on the pond with tiny begging young. WESTERN BLUEBIRD family groups were seen in three locations.
One evening last week a large flock of 50+ juvenile BROWN HEADED COWBIRDS in with juv. and adult RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen at these ponds.
Janna Pauser San Jose
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