Date: 7/25/20 8:09 am From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Subject: [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley (yesterday)
Yesterday, 7/24/20, I birded a transect of San Antonio Valley, starting from the Alameda line on Mines Road and finishing at the Mt. Hamilton summit. The seasonal rainfall totals for 2019-20 were about 50% in Northern California and in the Diablo Range interior the effect was apparent. Colorado Creek was mostly dry (although there is a pool from a local spring at the Mines Road crossing) and Sweetwater Creek had a little bit of water moving. All of the other creeks were dry except for occasional puddles. The limited water concentrates birds. My best estimate was about 22+ LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES at the Colorado Creek crossing and about 24+ along Sweetwater Creek. I saw two BELL'S SPARROWS at the first summit on Mines Road. Then, at the big curve halfway to Colorado Creek, I saw both male and female PHAINOPEPLAS.
Bill Bousman Menlo Park
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