Today, Brian Christman and I birded the Palo Alto Flood Control
Basin on Frontage Road between San Antonio and Embarcadero.
We were able to find a drake Eurasian Wigeon easily
among the group of American Wigeons but the trip required
knee-high rubber boots to cross a stream along the way. The
bird was in a large pool on the right quite far out. As well,
we came across a group of four Blue-winged Teal that
were resting in the second pond on the left as we took the
trail out toward the Bay. The week prior we had found Wilson's
Snipe in the same area, but none were seen today. Waterfowl
numbers were pretty good and included many other common species
such as Canada Geese and White Pelican.
Not far from there, at the end of Geng Road in Palo Alto,
we found a group of Hooded Mergansers in the pond
by the golf course which included two males and eight females.
They seemed to be foraging on crayfish.
A short trip to Coyote Point failed to locate the Harlequin
Duck reported along the rock jetty, but we did find 8 Black
Oystercatchers and a large group of Black Turnstones,
both uncommon within the Bay. We found a single female Red-breasted
Merganser, many Bufflehead, Greater and
Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Ruddy Duck,
Common Goldeneye and a four species of Grebe (Horned,
Eared, Western and Clark's).