Date: 12/27/20 4:40 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] CBC: Almaden Quicksilver - McAbee Entrance
Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I birded the McAbee Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
Normally, I do a 4 mile loop that passes by Guadalupe Creek and the
reservoir but I needed to shorten my route this year. I took my time and
took advantage of the many benches along my route. This is the kind of
birding that requires a lot of listening - chirps and calls from the tree
tops, rustling of leaves, and the tapping of woodpeckers. I find it very

I didn't spot anything unusual this year but had better luck with the *Hairy
Woodpeckers* (2) and *Fox Sparrows* (3). I had lots of the usual suspects
- *Golden-crowned Sparrows*, *Acorn Woodpeckers*, *California Scrub-Jays*,
and *Yellow-rumped Warblers*. And, my favorite moment was hearing a bunch
of rustling in the oak leaves - it was a loud rustling so I was thinking
deer or even boar. But, when I found the source of the noise, it turned
out to be a very large group of *Band-tailed Pigeons* foraging in the leaf
litter. Something startled them and they all burst into the air and flew
over my head.

Happy Birding!

Eve Meier
San Jose

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