Date: 3/18/21 4:21 pm From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Belgatos Park and Los Capitancillos Ponds
This morning I birded Belgatos Park and Los Capitancillos Ponds, both locations being within 1 mile of my home. I did not see any spring migrants at Belgatos but did see/hear *Wrentit*, *California Thrasher*, *California Quail*, *Downy Woodpecker*, *Purple Finch*, and *Oak Titmouse*. For Los Capitancillos, I started at Singletree Way and birded the first two ponds. There were lots of *Pine Siskins* and *American Goldfinches* calling from the tops of the sycamores. I spotted more *Purple Finch* here too. But, the highlight was a couple hundred swallows over the very first pond. Most were *Violet-Green* and *Northern Rough-winged Swallows*, but there were at least several *Tree* and *Barn Swallows* mixed in too. I like this location for swallows because there's a dead tree in the middle of the first pond which the swallows like to rest on. That makes identification easy. I have a hard time tracking swallows when they are flying in circles over my head! See my guide on Los Capitancillos <https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/los-capitancillos-ponds> for more details on the location.