Date: 4/3/21 5:10 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A16 on a bike 04-03-21
My mountain bike is now equipped with saddlebags and a kickstand so took it out for a spin around Pond A16. The 4 mile loop took a fraction of the time and got me close to the CASPIAN TERN islands in no time. I counted about 25 CATEs on the island, and a few more in flight from the platform. Waterfowl numbers were down from a month ago, but still some GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, and AMERICAN WIGEON. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS I saw all had conspicuous breeding horn on their bills, and one DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was sporting the uncommon white-tufts—mostly I see black tufts around here, but maybe that’s just me. The AMERICAN AVOCETS are full breeding regalia with only 1 in 100 or so still showing gray on their head and neck. Many Gulls, mostly CALIFORNIA GULLS were gathered on the mudflats near the pumphouse, with a dozen or so LONG-BILLED CURLEW.
I’ll be drawing birds on Wednesday morning as part of the distributed sketch-team “Birdcassos”. If you’d like to join or sponsor us, please don’t be shy. There are NO bad drawings, and we will celebrate all of them when we’re done.

Matthew DodderExecutive DirectorSanta Clara Valley Audubon Society22221 McClellan Rd.Cupertino, CA <95014408-252-3748director...>

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