After almost a month of writing and sorting through photos, the Costa Rica trip report is finally posted. In another month I may be able to fix the typos as well... Eventually a complete trip list will be added, but for now its just stories and pictures. Enjoy!
As well, Cricket and I made a Saturday morning trek to Swanton Road just north of Davenport along the coast. This was of course to see the Crested Caracara that had been present for almost two weeks. After three unsuccessful campaigns last year, statistics suggested we simply could not fail again and so we gave it another go. This was the first day we had enough time to follow up on the report, so our expectations were high. We were in position around 10:00 to find the fog had lifted and two other cars were already parked near the small pond on the south end of the road. Several more cars arrived over the next 45 minutes. After about an hour we arrived we were beginning to get discouraged and walked back toward Hwy 1. As you might have guessed, a moment later all the cars suddenly relocated farther north and we were left behind wondering if we were going to get "scooped" again... We followed the others and found close to 10 cars gathered near the overlook above Scott's Creek. From this hill, we looked down into the plowed field and the Crested Caracara was standing near a pile of old tires on the far edge of the field. It occasionally moved a few steps to grap something in the dirt, but generally remained still. We got some horribly bad digiscoped images, but atleast they prove we saw the bird, and in California... About 15 people stood on along the road and shared stories similar to ours... Funny how easy it is for strangers to talk to each other when they've come looking for the same bird... I like experiences of this kind so much. Everyone was so happy.
Despite all the chaos of re acclimating to a work schedule, Cricket and I managed to get in a short walk yesterday in search of a few P-10 targets. After a few failed attempts to find the two Phalaropes around the Dumbarton Bridge, we located both Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes in Alviso. The State and Spreckles intersection produced our first Wilson's individuals, along with a single Lesser Yellowlegs . The remaining birds, Red-necked Phalaropes and Semipalmated Plovers were found long the train tracks, as we looked back toward the EEC. We did not have our telescope, but it would have been helpful, in case you plan on chasing... As well, the family of 4 Burrowing Owls was perched on their little hill along the road.
I've placed a report of Cricket's and my campaign to Costa Rica in the personal trips section. When you have a good hour of free time, feel free to read and enjoy. As I complete sections I will continue to update the report. At some point I believe this would make a good small group trip, so I've included images of lodging for everyone to consider.