Joe and Bill
I think the change has been that for some years now they are actively discouraging feeding the ducks there. Before, there were always people feeding ducks and gulls, and the birds grew quite tame. I don't know if they ticket you now for feeding, but there are signs up not to do it. That was not the case historically.
From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Bill Bousman
Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump closing. Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant, will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds. But the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the heyday of the dump.
I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.
On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was
> an excellent place to take classes where you could get great
> comparisons of such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last
> few times I have been there, there were no ducks to speak of except
> for distant sleeping Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
> What happened? Should we be concerned?
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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