Next stop, a look at the yacht harbor. We found one Dunlin with the sandpipers across from the Lucy Evans parking lot. A Merlin blew past at speed, spooking the smaller shorebirds. At the the duck pond and the exposed mud yacht harbor we poked our way to 7 gull species. I'm sure there were more.
Around 10:40 we gate-crashed some sort of January 1 community fun run to check out the golf course lakes visible from the parking lot at the end of Geng Road. We found single Greater White-fronted Goose among Canada Geese, but no mergansers.
By 11:30, we had made our way to Shoreline Lake, where our first bird was a Say's Phoebe on the golf course on the west side of the lake. Scoping from the shore near the pump housing, we saw one Spotted Sandpiper fly from the near shore to the largest island. We located 3 red-throated loons on the lake, where others have reported the same species.
Last stop of the day was McClellan Ranch, where our first sighting at 12:45 was a Sharp-shinned Hawk flying in to a high perch in the bare sycamores. We walked the perimeter trail without seeing many birds. The most productive area was near the junction of the trail into the garden area, where a large tree is down. Scrub jay, 2 woodpeckers, creeper, Townsend's Warbler, California Quail, Fox Sparrow and Lincoln's Sparrow were all seen here, while Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher and Stellar's Jay were only heard.*FIRT NOST was a typo turned into jargon for users of the PLATO computer system at the University of Illinois in the late 1970's. After the nightly system restart, the first person to post in =pad, a popular "group note" (equivalent to a news group) would excitedly declare their posting to be the "First Note" of the day. When typing quickly, First Note became "FIRT NOST" and became the standard way to announce your first-ness. This is our "FIRT NOST" birding note of 2008. Bwahaha!