Birding with The Knitist

Saturday, April 15, 2006, Led by Mary and Bill

91 Species at 5 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Wood Duck MCR
Gadwall CS
Mallard CS
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle SCCP
Flew high overhead while being harrassed by a Red-tailed Hawk
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet CS
Dunlin PADP
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit CS
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
McClellan Ranch, CA = MCR
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Shoreline Lake, CA = SL
Stevens Creek County Park, CA = SCCP

91 Species at 5 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Wood Duck MCR
Gadwall CS
Mallard CS
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle SCCP
Flew high overhead while being harrassed by a Red-tailed Hawk
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet CS
Dunlin PADP
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit CS
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
McClellan Ranch, CA = MCR
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Shoreline Lake, CA = SL
Stevens Creek County Park, CA = SCCP

91 Species at 5 Locations

Charleston Slough
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Charleston Slough
Shoreline Lake
Charleston Slough
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Stevens Creek County Park
Golden Eagle
Flew high overhead while being harrassed by a Red-tailed Hawk
Charleston Slough
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Shoreline Lake
Charleston Slough
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Charleston Slough
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Charleston Slough
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Stevens Creek County Park
McClellan Ranch
Stevens Creek County Park
McClellan Ranch
Stevens Creek County Park
McClellan Ranch
Stevens Creek County Park
McClellan Ranch
Stevens Creek County Park
McClellan Ranch
Stevens Creek County Park

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We took advantage of a break in the weather to introduce our friend The Knitist to the glories of birding at Charleston Slough.

In Stevens Creek County Park, we walked from the Villa Maria picnic area uphill into Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. There, overlooking the abandoned quarry, we saw VAUX's and WHITE-THROATED SWIFT circling with NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS. All three species were flying at eye level, affording excellent views. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was heard singing loudly from the bottom of the quarry. We found no dippers at the fourth bridge over Stevens Creek, where water levels were very high.

A breeding plumage BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen from the observation platform at Charleston Slough, along with 28 BLACK SKIMMERS.

Two EARED GREBES in breeding plumage were seen from west the end of Shoreline Lake.

McClellan Ranch yielded many cooperate feeder birds plus a male WESTERN TANAGER in the sycamores above the creek, just at the entrace to the trail. A single WOOD DUCK flew rapidly overhead. Both BULLOCK's and HOODED ORIOLES were near the Audubon office building.