This morning, we visited the Alviso EEC and saw the Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper in the pickle weed between the Visitor Center
and the train tracks. Bob Reiling and others helped us find
the bird as it foraged actively in the vegetation. A Loggerhead
Shrike perched along the trail also.
At Shoreline Lake, the Red-necked Grebe was easily
located on the west end of the lake by the small pier. We
watched it for a few moments and then observed it fly toward
the boathouse. We noticed the white fore wings easily. In
the Palo Alto Flood Control Basin a single Eurasian Wigeon
was visible among many American Wigeons. Four Blue-winged
Teals were also present in the same area. A group of
17-20 Black Skimmerswas roosting on their island
near the new observation platform.
Today Brian Christman and I were birding at Palo Alto Flood
Control Basin. Ken Lillis joined us after a while and the
three of us saw an immature Peregrine Falcon perched
low to the ground on post beyond the second left hand pond.
No remarkable waterfowl were seen but we were pleased to
see at least 5 Barn Swallows foraging over the second
On the PACBC yesterday, our team was assigned to Wunderlich
Park. Weather was poor for the first few hours, but later
cleared. Among many many Townsend's Warblers, Varied
and Hermit Thrushes, we also had a Winter Wren
in the lower area, not far from the parking lot. A couple
of Fox Sparrows, were also found in the lower areas.
Perhaps the best birds were a Red-breasted Sapsucker,
found near the top end just a few hundred yards from the
Skyline Blvd. entrance and a glorious Pileated Woodpecker
at the Crossroads area, two miles from the top.
The Prairie Falcon continues at the Palo Alto Baylands
dock area at the far end of the road that leads in.
At the Palo Alto Flood Control Basin, there were 12 Blue-winged
Teals in the third pond on the right as you take the
trail straight out toward the Bay. Mud boots are highly
recommended as you need to cross a small stream on the way
out to the area.
At Shoreline Lake a male Barrow's-type Goldeneye
continues on the far end of the lake between the boathouse
and the golfcourse. It has a somewhat rounded crescent shape
on the front of the face, but does not have as much black
on the back as might be expected. The head is steeply angled
on the forehead, but not as pronounced as a full Barrow's.
Perhaps it is a hybrid bird. I could not locate the Red-necked
Grebe today, but was able to see it earlier in the week.
There were 20 Black Skimmers on their island in
Charleston Slough this afternoon as well.