SCVAS Big Day, BOBOLINKS

Saturday, April 14, 2007, Led by Bob Power (See also...)

143 Species at 19 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall CS
Mallard MBG5
Bufflehead PADP
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Wild Turkey SCCPVM
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey SCR
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle ELCPSW
Old Calaveras Road
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Sora MBG5
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)
Rock Pigeon CS
Seen from the highway
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl MCR
Strigidae (Owls)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Loggerhead Shrike ELCPSW
Old Calaveras Road
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Common Raven MBOSP
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Tree Swallow ELCPSW
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Oak Titmouse MBOSP
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit MBOSP
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
House Wren ELCPSW
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit MBOSP
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Cedar Waxwing ELCPEPA
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Song Sparrow MBOSP
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Alviso Marina, CA = AM
Byxbee Park, CA = BP
Calaveras Reservoir, CA = CR
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
Don Edwards Center, CA = DEC
Ed Levin County Park Elm Picnic Area, CA = ELCPEPA
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool, CA = ELCPSW
Jubilee Christian Center, CA = JCC
Marsh Road, CA = MR
McClellan Ranch, CA = MCR
Monte Bello Gate 5, CA = MBG5
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, CA = MBOSP
O'Connor Street, CA = OCS
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Shoreline Lake, CA = SL
Stevens Creek County Park, CA = SCCP
Stevens Creek County Park Ranger Station, CA = SCCPRS
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria, CA = SCCPVM
Stevens Creek Reservoir, CA = SCR

143 Species at 19 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall CS
Mallard MBG5
Bufflehead PADP
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Wild Turkey SCCPVM
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey SCR
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle ELCPSW
Old Calaveras Road
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Sora MBG5
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)
Rock Pigeon CS
Seen from the highway
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl MCR
Strigidae (Owls)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Loggerhead Shrike ELCPSW
Old Calaveras Road
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Common Raven MBOSP
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Tree Swallow ELCPSW
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Oak Titmouse MBOSP
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit MBOSP
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
House Wren ELCPSW
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit MBOSP
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Cedar Waxwing ELCPEPA
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Song Sparrow MBOSP
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Alviso Marina, CA = AM
Byxbee Park, CA = BP
Calaveras Reservoir, CA = CR
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
Don Edwards Center, CA = DEC
Ed Levin County Park Elm Picnic Area, CA = ELCPEPA
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool, CA = ELCPSW
Jubilee Christian Center, CA = JCC
Marsh Road, CA = MR
McClellan Ranch, CA = MCR
Monte Bello Gate 5, CA = MBG5
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, CA = MBOSP
O'Connor Street, CA = OCS
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Shoreline Lake, CA = SL
Stevens Creek County Park, CA = SCCP
Stevens Creek County Park Ranger Station, CA = SCCPRS
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria, CA = SCCPVM
Stevens Creek Reservoir, CA = SCR

143 Species at 19 Locations

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Monte Bello Gate 5
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Monte Bello Gate 5
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Stevens Creek Reservoir
Stevens Creek County Park Ranger Station
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria
Stevens Creek County Park
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria
McClellan Ranch
Charleston Slough
Shoreline Lake
O'Connor Street
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Byxbee Park
Alviso Marina
Don Edwards Center
Jubilee Christian Center
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool
Golden Eagle
Old Calaveras Road
Loggerhead Shrike
Old Calaveras Road
Ed Levin County Park Elm Picnic Area
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool
Calaveras Reservoir
McClellan Ranch
Charleston Slough
Rock Pigeon
Seen from the highway
Marsh Road
Byxbee Park

Trip Map

Trip Notes

0330 -- Alarm goes off. Earliest. Alarm. Ever. Last minute preparations, gear shoveled into car, gas purchased at the last possible minute.

0430 -- Rendezvous with team.

0500 -- Enter Monte Bello Open Space Preserve under cover of darkness, to the tune of the Chariots of Fire theme. Play owl tapes, identify other birds by sound as dawn begins. Light rain does not deter us. 32 species so far

0715 -- Second stop, same park. Lightning raid on Monte Bello Gate 05 yields Sora but no Ring-necked Ducks. 8 more species.

0815 -- Stevens Creek Reservoir and upland locations. Tallied another 23 species, including Spotted Sandpiper.

1030 -- McClellan Ranch. Brief stop lengthened by pouring rain. Added 7 species including Barn Owl but no Wood Duck.

1130 -- Charleston Slough. One hour lightning rain on one of our birdiest spots adds 37 species, including Common Moorhen but not Black Skimmer. From here on, every species is a struggle. 107 so far.

1245 -- Detour on the way to Palo Alto Duck Pond produces surprise of the day, Great-tailed Grackle at O'Connor St. entrance to Bay Trail. Luckily, it flies into the correct county. +3 species.

1315 -- Eight species at Palo Alto Duck Pond, including Peregrine Falcon and Clapper Rail.

1345 -- Quick hike up the hill at Bxybee Park yields Burrowing Owl but not hoped-for Ross's Goose. Special treat, breeding plumage Bonaparte's Gulls over the water treatment plant. Added 5 new species. 123 so far.

1500 -- Nearly fruitless stops at Jubilee Christian Center (American Kestrel only) and State & Spreckles Pond (House Sparrow only) followed by successful hunt for Virginia Rails at Alviso Marina. Total of 3 new species in Alviso. Bob plays Rocky theme music.

1530 -- Don Edwards Environmental Education Center yields far off American White Pelican and some much-needed Gulls. Total of 5 new species, 131.

1630 -- After Golden Eagle and Loggerhead Shrike on Old Calaveras Road, Ed Levin Elm Picnic Area yields elusive Cedar Waxwings. Sandy Wool Lake area begins with frustrated search for Lawrence's Goldfinch. We hike up to the sycamores for Rufous-crowned Sparrow and House Wren. White-throated Swift is a nice bonus. Lawrence's Goldfinch finally showed as we returned to the cars. + 9, for 140

1840 -- Bald Eagle sitting on nest and Rock Wren at Calaveras Reservoir. 142.

1910 -- Ring-necked Duck at Felter and Marsh Road, our last species of the day, lucky number 143.

1930 -- Wrap our personal biggest day ever with 143. Pledges of $2.75 per species pledges plus fixed pledges of $240 brings us to $633 dollars raised for SCVAS environmental education programs.