High Tide Weekend 1

Sunday, January 09, 2005, Led by Steve Shunk

93 Species at 4 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall PADP
Mallard PADP
Canvasback PADP
Bufflehead FCRT
Hooded Merganser FCRT
We saw nine individuals (two groups of four and one solo female) at the back (north) end of the pond near the two large towers.
Ruddy Duck PADP
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)
Clapper Rail PADP
Due to the phenomenally high tide, the typically reclusive Clappers were right out in the open. They were unusually vocal as well.
Virginia Rail PADP
We flushed a Virginia Rail from the path near the airport. It flew at length in good light, giving us our best look ever.
Sora PADP
One Sora made a desperate bid to swim across the Palo Alto bayland, but was dive-bombed by, and evetually carried off by, a large Gull.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer (h) PADP
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet PADP
Whimbrel CPM
Red Knot CPM
Dunlin FCRT
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Mew Gull PADP
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin FCRT
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit PADP
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Marsh Wren PADP
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Lincoln's Sparrow FCRT
Viewed from the levee, it sat very cooperatively on the fence surrounding the water treatment plant. Our best look so far.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Our House, CA = OH
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Coyote Point Marina, CA = CPM
Foster City Radio Tower, CA = FCRT

93 Species at 4 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall PADP
Mallard PADP
Canvasback PADP
Bufflehead FCRT
Hooded Merganser FCRT
We saw nine individuals (two groups of four and one solo female) at the back (north) end of the pond near the two large towers.
Ruddy Duck PADP
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)
Clapper Rail PADP
Due to the phenomenally high tide, the typically reclusive Clappers were right out in the open. They were unusually vocal as well.
Virginia Rail PADP
We flushed a Virginia Rail from the path near the airport. It flew at length in good light, giving us our best look ever.
Sora PADP
One Sora made a desperate bid to swim across the Palo Alto bayland, but was dive-bombed by, and evetually carried off by, a large Gull.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer (h) PADP
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet PADP
Whimbrel CPM
Red Knot CPM
Dunlin FCRT
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Mew Gull PADP
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin FCRT
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit PADP
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Marsh Wren PADP
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Lincoln's Sparrow FCRT
Viewed from the levee, it sat very cooperatively on the fence surrounding the water treatment plant. Our best look so far.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Our House, CA = OH
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Coyote Point Marina, CA = CPM
Foster City Radio Tower, CA = FCRT

93 Species at 4 Locations

Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Hooded Merganser
We saw nine individuals (two groups of four and one solo female) at the back (north) end of the pond near the two large towers.
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Clapper Rail
Due to the phenomenally high tide, the typically reclusive Clappers were right out in the open. They were unusually vocal as well.
Virginia Rail
We flushed a Virginia Rail from the path near the airport. It flew at length in good light, giving us our best look ever.
Sora
One Sora made a desperate bid to swim across the Palo Alto bayland, but was dive-bombed by, and evetually carried off by, a large Gull.
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Killdeer (h)
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Foster City Radio Tower
Coyote Point Marina
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Foster City Radio Tower
Lincoln's Sparrow
Viewed from the levee, it sat very cooperatively on the fence surrounding the water treatment plant. Our best look so far.
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Coyote Point Marina
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Our House
Coyote Point Marina

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Our goal today was to see Rails flushed out by the very high January tide, as amplified by the prodigious rains over the preceeding days. Participants included fearless leader Steve Shunk, Bill, Mary, Larry, Kevin, Kirk, and Sandy. The morning in Palo Alto was quite rainy, but the afternoon was clear and pleasant.

In addition to the species listed, other participants on the trip observed: Red-throated Loon, Clark's Grebe, Ring-necked Pheasant, Long-billed Dowitcher, American Pipit, Pine Siskin