At Adobe Creek, a male Eurasian Wigeon could be viewed
from the Charleston Slough Trail. The bird was in a large
pond north of the trail in the Flood Control Basin. Eight
Black Skimmers remain on their island at the base
of the Slough. A single Loggerhead Shrike seems to
be a pretty dependable bird in this same area. In the nearby
Mountain View Forebay, a Green Heron was foraging
in the storm water drain. On Shoreline Lake there were many
Horned, Eared and Western Grebes as
well as Common Goldeneye, one Barrow's Goldeneye
and close to 20 Surf Scoters.
In the Redwood Shores area there were 7 Hooded Mergansers
at the corner of Redwood Shores and Radio Way. At the large
pond in front of the pollution control facility there were
two more Hooded Mergansers and two male Eurasian
Wigeons and a third bird which appeared to be a hybrid
American x Eurasian Wigeon.
At the large pond in Foster City there were three Barrow's
Today at the Palo Alto Yacht Club mudflats, across from
the Duck Pond, there was an immature Peregrine Falcon
foraging among the shorebirds. It was joined a few minutes
later by an adult that appeared to want it out of the area.
The two duelled over the flocks of frightened shorebirds
for a while before I lost them over the Dump. A couple of
hundred Bonepart's Gulls were among the species agitated
by the falcons.
I was in the area to scout out our trip on January 22nd.
At the Pond and in the adjoining waterways there were many
species of duck such as Mallard, Gadwall,
Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, American
Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal,
Ruddy Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup,
Bufflehead and Canvasback. Elsewhere, there
were 5 male Blue-winged Teals in the Palo Alto Flood
Control Basin along Fronage Road south of Embarcadero.
Among other swimming birds we may expect to see on the
trip are American Coot, Double-crested Cormorant,
Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's
Grebe, Eared Grebe and Horned Grebe.
In San Jose today, along the Guadalupe River north of the
Trimble Road overpass there was a White-thoated Sparrow
near the large green water tank. In the same area the Harlan's
Red-tailed Hawk continues. This very dark form of the
hawk is distinctive in having almost no red on its tail,
but rather white with a dark brown terminal band.