Date: 1/8/21 4:28 pm From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley, Greater White-fronted Goose at Shoreline, and a variety of salt ponds
Today, I had a full day for birding so I decided to make the most of it! I started off in Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The morning was sunny, the grasses are turning green and the birds were singing! *Yellow-billed Magpies* were calling back and forth from the Valley Oaks, *Western Meadowlands *were singing from the grasses, and a noisy mixed flock of hundreds of blackbirds were along Palm Ave. Many of them were *Tricolored Blackbirds* which sound a bit like cats. Also spotted: 2 *Rock Wren*, 1 *Merlin*, 1 *Prairie Falcon*, and 3 *American Kestrels* ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78879075).
Next, I moved on to Laguna Ave. I lingered for a while - it's the kind of place where it's best to wait a while and see what happens. I scanned all the geese but didn't find anything other than Canada Goose. Two *Loggerhead Shrikes* were sitting on wires or fences. Small flocks of *American Pipits* were in the fields and more *Yellow-billed Magpies* were in the oaks. Eventually, I spotted a *Ferruginous Hawk* hunting south of the west end of Laguna Ave. Views were distant (https://ebird.org/checklist/S78883516).
Next, I decided to head up to the Shoreline Kite Flying area and rode my bike along my favorite route (basically following my self-guided trip to Crittenden Marsh and Salt Pond A2E). One *Greater White-fronted Goose* was mixed in with about 50 Canada Geese in the kite-flying area ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78886924). From the bay trail, I scanned Crittenden Marsh which has a bit of water in it and found lots of *Northern Shovelers* and some *American Wigeons*, *Pintails* and *Green-winged Teals* (https://ebird.org/checklist/S78887904). I continued on to a bench that I like to sit at to scan Salt Pond A2E and found lots of *Redheads* and sleeping Scaup. A couple of the birds were close enough and awake that I could identify 2 *Greater Scaups* and 1 *Lesser Scaup* ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78889696). I also checked the Salt Pond AB1, the Stevens Creek Delta (birds too far out), and Salt Pond A2W which had one *Black-bellied Plover* on the bank (nice close up views).
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