Date: 1/3/21 2:51 pm From: Jake Kirkland <kirklandj...> Subject: [pen-bird] Memorial Park & Cloverdale Rd CBC
Reporting of my solo CBC since I missed the Zoom count dinner.
I owled Cloverdale Rd <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78480861> from 5am-7am Saturday morning. I heard one WESTERN SCREECH OWL give one series of calls when I got out of my car near a bridge over Pescadero Creek. It did not call back to tapes at all. I also saw (2) GREAT HORNED OWLS that were certainly different birds. GPS coordinates in my ebird list. One was perched on a short fence and the other on a power pole. Both flushed in my car headlights. I stopped and played calls at about 6 different spots along the route and didn't get a single call back to any species I tried. There was a steady rain that probably affected how far the sound would carry and how many owls were active.
Finally, I birded Memorial Park <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78510815> from 9:26am for 3hrs and 22 minutes. I covered 7 miles on foot. The park was closed to the public but we were able to get in with a permit. Thank you to the county and Carol Masterson. My time included some stationary time at the Wurr St. Bridge where a trail I was on popped out at. There all I did was dip on the American Dipper . That wasn't the only dip either. I also dipped on Pileated Woodpecker and any waterfowl in the creek at all. I did have a nice (1) BELTED KINGFISHER over Pescadero Creek deep in the park for a brief flyby. The best birds might have been (4) VARIED THRUSH. Otherwise it was a race between DARK-EYED JUNCOS and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES to see which would end with the most individuals. The juncos ended up prevailing 117-107 although they are easier to count at eye level rather than high in the redwoods so there may have actually been more chickadees. Overall, the usually quiet redwood forest was EXTREMELY quiet (only 15 species) in the rain that never really let up. I kept hoping the sun would poke out and the birds would bask and sing, but it wasn't in the cards. Flyovers were minimal in the rain/mist combo where seeing the tops of the redwood trees was a challenge most of the day. However, it was glorious to have the entire park to myself to wander around in without hearing another person except for a ranger or two, who were all accommodating and kind to me.
Heading home midafternoon I was able to wave out my car window to Joshua, Kent, and Casey as they biked on Pescadero Rd. during a wonderful day of birding. I have to admit that I was glad to have changed into drier clothes as I passed by the water-slogged and muddy trio.
Good Birding Jake Kirkland East Palo Alto -- Jake Kirkland Ph.D Gerald Crabtree Lab Howard Hughes Medical Institute Stanford University