Super sMeW Birdathon

Sunday, April 20, 2008, Led by Mary and Stephanie

102 Species at 8 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall DEC
Mallard SCR
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
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)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer DEC
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet CS
Dunlin CS
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Rock Pigeon RASCC
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl DEC
Strigidae (Owls)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Steller's Jay SCCPVM
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Barn Swallow RASCC
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit SCCPVM
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Cinclidae (Dippers)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit SCCPVM
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)
House Finch SCCPVM
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
Don Edwards Center, CA = DEC
McClellan Ranch, CA = MCR
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County, CA = RASCC
Stevens Creek County Park, CA = SCCP
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria, CA = SCCPVM
Stevens Creek Reservoir, CA = SCR

102 Species at 8 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall DEC
Mallard SCR
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
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)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer DEC
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet CS
Dunlin CS
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Rock Pigeon RASCC
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl DEC
Strigidae (Owls)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Steller's Jay SCCPVM
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Barn Swallow RASCC
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit SCCPVM
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
Cinclidae (Dippers)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit SCCPVM
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)
House Finch SCCPVM
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
Don Edwards Center, CA = DEC
McClellan Ranch, CA = MCR
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County, CA = RASCC
Stevens Creek County Park, CA = SCCP
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria, CA = SCCPVM
Stevens Creek Reservoir, CA = SCR

102 Species at 8 Locations

Stevens Creek County Park
Stevens Creek Reservoir
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria
McClellan Ranch
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County
Don Edwards Center
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Charleston Slough
Stevens Creek County Park
Stevens Creek Reservoir
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Steven's Creek Bridge 3 – 9:05 am

Birdathon clock starts ticking at 9:05, when we pull over at Bridge 3. No dipper, but 3 members of the Bob Hirt birdathon team. We leave without satisfaction, but 200 yards down the road, we find Bob Hirt, staking out a dipper. Thanks, Bob!

Cooley picnic area – 9:15

Saturday I watched Mike & Mike work the Cooley area and find two nice dendroica species. What a surprise when our second dendroica in the same location turns out to be a Hermit Warbler. Bird of the day! We stay long enough to see the Bob Hirt gang find the same Hermit Warbler and we are gone.

Boat launch – 9:30

Common Mergansers at the corner of Steven’s Creek and Monte Bello Road. Four minutes spent at the Boat Launch turns up the Osprey but no Caspian Tern. Onward!

Villa Maria picnic area – 9:40

Possibly our most successfully planned & executed stop of the day. Uphill we went until we heard the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher and Wrentit, then we turned around and split. On the way out, we meet Bob Hirt AND Lori Cuesta. It’s old home week!

McClellan Ranch - 10:20

This stop did not work out as planned – no Lincoln’s Sparrow. No White-crowned Sparrow. No tanager, no nuthatches. But good ground made up with swifts and an Oriole.

Transit – 10:50

Black-crowned Night Heron flew up from the pond at Bubb and McClellan to land on the power wires. First of several good birds picked up in transit.

Don Edwards EEC – 11:10

Bit of a gamble, making the long drive to the EEC, and it looked like a disappointment until the survey team pointed out a roadside Burrowing Owl. We hit our three target species for this stop and were surprised to count 21 species added at this stop.

Palo Alto Duck Pond / Yacht Harbor – 12:08

We thought this would be the last stop of the day – but the mudflats were only lightly populated. Spotted Lori Cuesta & team on our way out. Wonder what they found that we missed?

Shoreline / Charleston Slough – 12:40

Last 25 minutes! Run, run! Crossed paths with Bob Hirt again with 10 minutes to go. We had a list of about 10 more expected species which we did not find at this stop, but when time ran out at 13:05, we were very happy with the day's results. 102 species in four hours.

Northern Harrier... the last bird ID'ed at 13:05.