San Jose Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 19, 2010, Led by Mary and Bill

Photos by Bill Walker

68 Species at Drawbridge, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Canada Goose [581]
Gadwall [373]
Canvasback [120]
Ruddy Duck [19]
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Eared Grebe [1431]
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey [1]
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet [1]
Dunlin [91]
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Western Gull [455]
Herring Gull [184]
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)

68 Species at Drawbridge, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Canada Goose [581]
Gadwall [373]
Canvasback [120]
Ruddy Duck [19]
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Eared Grebe [1431]
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey [1]
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet [1]
Dunlin [91]
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Western Gull [455]
Herring Gull [184]
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Weather: overcast, 45-55 degrees, period of heavy rain alternating with calm and drizzle.

Our CBC experience has been changing dramatically since the levee protected Salt Pond A20 was breached, allowing tidal action to resume. Where once we saw only Eared Grebes, we now routinely find thousands of ducks. Brown and American White Pelicans circle overhead looking for fish.

Our best birds of the day were two Prairie Falcons who stayed in our count area for most of the day, flying power pole to power pole and posing for well-lit scope views.

Also seen: 823 peeps, 600 Ducks, 577 Gulls, 1 Western Jackrabbit. Mary and I were joined as always by Lori Cuesta and first-time Drawbridge birder Rob Furrow, who was an excellent addition to the team. Thanks, Rob!