I went up to Geng Road for a second time today to look for the Summer Tanager and Tropical Kingbird. I didn't have any luck. Apparently, I missed the Tanager by about 10-15 minutes. I did see a Yellowlegs in the pond, but I don't know if it was the Lesser. I will post a picture on the Facebook page tomorrow and ask. At the Baylands, I missed a fight between a Peregrine Falcon and Northern Harrier. As with Geng Road, I was about 10-15 minutes too late. The Peregrine Falcon was still hanging around, but there was no sign of the Harrier. I did see 3 Black-necked Stilts, which is better than zero, but I was surprised I didn't see more. Although my sightings were limited to "the usual suspects," it was a great day to be outside and escape reality for just a while.
On Sun, Jan 10, 2021, 6:30 PM Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui= <mac.com...> wrote:
> I spent a couple of hours today out enjoying being outside and chasing a > few of the celebrity birds we have right now. I did (on the fourth try) > find the Tropical Kingbird in the tree by the pond at Geng Road, but the > Summer Tanager continues to hide (HOW HARD CAN A BRIGHT RED BIRD BE?). San > Franciquito creek held canvasbacks, green-winged teals and shovelers > > Some time at Baylands had a big raptor on a distant power tower that I > really, really wanted to be a golden eagle, but I finally called it > re-tailed because I couldn't convince myself it wasn't. it was at far scope > visibility with shimmer in the scope, and I just couldn't convince myself > -- but in size comparison to the tower, it sure seemed eagle sized (but > red-tails get large and at that distance... judging size will make you cry) > > Entering Baylands I saw a fun thing: a Cooper's Hawk was sitting on a > lightpole, and a crow came in and flushed it off, than sat on the pole and > declared victory as it retreated. > > scoping the wetlands near the wind surfing dock I found a long-billed > curlew and a greater yellowlegs. the duck pond held ducks, some gulls (no > Bonaparte's) and a Greater Scaup. > > Interestingly, I saw a total of zero black-necked stilts at Baylands > today, I think a first. > > I headed over to Lick Mill Park (which somehow I've never walked through > before) and missed on the Hermit Warbler, but did find my first 2021 Ruby > Crowned Kinglet. > > Friday I headed over to the Bubb Road ponds and picked up my first 2021 > Ring-Necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers, including a gorgeous male. Also > many quite loud Canada Geese and buffleheads. > > Nice day out, lots of good, one of the three celebrities (but not a county > life bird) and a nice walk... > > > --------------------------------------- > > Chuq Von Rospach http://www.chuq.me > Email: <chuqui...> > Twitter: @chuq > Silicon Valley, California > > >
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