Date: 7/25/20 1:26 pm From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos ponds from Singletree
Hi all -
I led a Saturday morning bird walk today at the Los Capitancillos ponds in San Jose. Limited to 10 people, with masks, with social distancing & no sharing of optics. We met off Singletree. At the start of our walk we had a single BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. ACORN WOODPECKERS and the usual suburban birds like NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, MOURNING DOVE and CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY were also here. We did not re-find the gnatcatchers, vireos, cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds or Yellow Warbler that Janna reported on July 19.
I believe it is the elderberry's that are filled with fruit all along the trail and the WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were enjoying the bounty. We saw HOODED ORIOLES several times which was a lifer for some. We saw the family of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES flying between ponds and a female BELTED KINGFISHER was spotted on two occasions. BLACK PHOEBES were abundant.
One juvenile GREEN HERON, a few adult AMERICAN COOTS, calling, adult PIED-BILLED GREBES and a family of CANADA GEESE were within the ponds. Both towhees were here plus LESSER GOLDFINCH.
If you want to learn the difference between swifts and swallows this is the place to go! I have never been so up-close and personal with VAUX'S SWIFT. I was impressed. To hear their vocalization from behind or directly in front of me was very cool as compared to hearing them way up in the air. Some were also drinking from the ponds below the levee so we were able to study them from above. Most of the swallows were juvenile which also provided a learning opportunity - mostly NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, with a handful of CLIFF and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS.
TURKEY VULTURES were circling throughout our walk. The only raptors were two adult circling RED-TAILED HAWKS.
We had 37 species in total.
Lisa Myers Let's Go Birding/Los Gatos Birdwatcher
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