Palo Alto Duck Pond in Santa Clara County, California (location website)

Location Notes

We visit Palo Alto Duck Pond at least 5 times a year.
Our second most visited site; location of bill's first birdwalk with Steve Shunk. Includes birds sighted at Lucy Evans Nature Center. Note to photographers: This site is now most famous for the egret and night-heron rookery located immediately adjacent to the duck pond parking lot. Here in April and May you can get great morning light shots of nesting egrets and night-herons squabbling over nest sites, sitting on eggs, perched in the palm trees with their chicks, or flying frequently to and from the nest. Be sure to check the duck pond for interesting and highly acclimated ducks and gulls -- with a 500mm you can get some great portraits here. Be sure to check the trees around the pond for passerines and raptors.

Location Map

112 Species

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)