10-31-08

There were 6 Greater White-fronted Geese today at the end of Geng Road in Palo Alto. They and quite a few Canada Geese were on the pond visible from the parking lot. Two of the white-fronts were immature.




10-18-08

After my Palo Alto Adult School had sufficiently admired the Dusky Warbler at Antonelli Pond on, we moved to Natural Bridges as originally planned. There we had mostly expected species with the west side pine trees being the most productive. Red-breasted Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch and a single Palm Warbler foraging over the trail.

As of 06:00 pm this evening, two Red-throated Pipits were still present in the NE quadrant of the Crissy Field lawn area. As suggested by others, the birds are very fond of the NE end of diagonal path across the lawn. When I observed them they were a matter of yards from the pedestrians, joggers, leash-less dogs, stunt kite enthusiasts and frisbee players... They seemed very content in the grassy areas where some bare earth was exposed, and apparently not in a hurry to leave. Occasionally they made short flights, only
to return to the NE end continue foraging.





10-10-08

No sign of the Clay-colored Sparrow after lunch. The winds were pretty heavy and Sparrows were difficult to see. The Cattle Egret was in the marsh beside the Duck Pond however.




10-01-08

Today at about 1:00 I joined Dean Manley and Peggy Don in watching 2 Pectoral Sandpiper near the Visitors Center parking area at the Palo Alto Baylands. One bird was chased away by the other just after I got my binoculars on it. Dean and Peggy, who had been watching the birds for sme time reported that one of the two had repeatedly been aggressive toward the other. I suppose it was the aggressive one that remained. The bird that left flew back toward the duck pond where we lost track of it.