A friend and I had a pleasant walk at Almaden Quicksilver
Regional Park in South San Jose and while no real surprises
showed up, there was an abundance of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,
as well as a few Black-headed Grosbeaks, House
Wrens, Wrentits, Hutton's Vireos and Warbling
Vireos. We even came across a Gopher Snake sleeping
right on the trail and I was able to touch it. It then awoke
and proceeded to hiss and shake its tail menacingly in an
attempt to make us believe it was a Rattlesnake!
A similar complement of birds was encountered off of Old
Pagemill Road which leads up toward the Stanford Dish.
On a nice lunch time stroll along the San Francisquito Creek
in Menlo Park today I came across a large flock of Cedar
Waxwings, a Belted Kingfisher, an Orange-crowned
Warbler, a Bewick's Wren, Violet-green
and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. Also there was
a singing male Black-headed Grosbeak which was the
target bird for my lunch hour. The area is located at the
corner of University Drive and Creek Drive on the north
side of the creek; just across from the Stanford Shopping
Center parking lot. I like to visit this spot every couple
of weeks, especially now, since it was last year that at
this time that the first Solitary Sandpiper to be
seen in Palo Alto (ever, I believe) was found. Other regular
birds include Hooded and Bullock's Orioles
and Western Tanager but not today...
At Ed Levin Park this afternoon the Blue Grosbeak,
which was reported earlier in the week on the RBA, continues
in the small sycamore grove on the hillside above the lake.
The bird was first seen below the trail in the fennel and
then moved up into the sycamores before going back down
the slope. As well there were at least four Lazuli Buntings
and a Rufous-crowned Sparrow present. White-throated
Swift appeared briefly among the many swallows. Two
Selasphorus hummers buzzed through the eucalyptus
trees near the horse corral.
Earlier in the day, those of you who were able to attend
our trip to Joseph D. Grant County Park were treated to
a pair of Lawrence's Goldfinches drinking from the
small stream near the dribble pond by the farm house. Other
birds from this trip are listed on the full