Date: 5/18/24 3:38 pm
From: Matthew Dodder via <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Loma Prieta 05-18-24
Mid morning, Cricket and I ventured up to Loma Prieta. Contrary to my last visit a week ago, the area was loud with song and very active. We went first to the wide area before the “closed private road” sign and listened. Within minutes we were able to hear the incredible song of the BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW. It seemed to be moving around the hillside across the valley (within Santa Clara County). Eventually, the bird made its way to the bushes below us and was briefly visible atop the pine tree beside the road. It continued to sing again, but only after a pause of maybe 10-15 minutes. Also present in the area was a cooperative OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, and several LAZULI BUNTINGS. A large group of Swallows was foraging over the Santa Cruz side of the road, and one or two larger individuals was among them. I watched as one of the, a PURPLE MARTIN crossed into our county and disappeared after it passed behind some trees.


SCVAS Speaker Series this Wednesday will host Sophie Osborn, author of Feather Trails
Speaker Series: Sophie Osborn — Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Matthew Dodder (he/him)
Executive Director
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
22221 McClellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

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