The WWF (aka Team Funyuns) 2011 Big Day

Saturday, April 09, 2011, Led by Rob, Mary, and Bill

149 Species at 20 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall RASCC
Mallard RASCC
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Wild Turkey ELCPSW
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey CR
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle RASCC
Cooper's Hawk SCPJNT
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet AM
Marbled Godwit CS PADP
Dunlin LC
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Bonaparte's Gull DM.SWPCP
Ring-billed Gull DM.SWPCP
Western Gull DM.SWPCP
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Rock Pigeon RASCC
Strigidae (Owls)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Northern Flicker RASCC SCPJNT
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin PADP
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Say's Phoebe RASCC
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Steller's Jay SCPJNT
Alaudidae (Larks)
Horned Lark RASCC
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Tree Swallow RASCC
Barn Swallow RASCC
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit OP
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Brown Creeper SCPJNT
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Pacific Wren SCPJNT
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit NA
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Bullock's Oriole OP ELCPSW
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Purple Finch SCPJNT
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, CA = AQCP
Alviso Marina, CA = AM
Anderson Reservoir, CA = AR
Calero Reservoir, CA = CR
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
Don Edwards Center, CA = DEC
Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, CA = DM.SWPCP
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool, CA = ELCPSW
Fortini Trail, CA = FT
Geng Road, CA = GR
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, CA = GOGP
Jubilee Christian Center, CA = JCC
Lake Almaden, CA = LA
Lake Cunningham, CA = LC
Lexington Reservoir, CA = LR
New Almaden, CA = NA
Oka Ponds, CA = OP
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County, CA = RASCC
Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail, CA = SCPJNT

149 Species at 20 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall RASCC
Mallard RASCC
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Wild Turkey ELCPSW
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey CR
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Golden Eagle RASCC
Cooper's Hawk SCPJNT
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet AM
Dunlin LC
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Bonaparte's Gull DM.SWPCP
Ring-billed Gull DM.SWPCP
Western Gull DM.SWPCP
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Rock Pigeon RASCC
Strigidae (Owls)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin PADP
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Say's Phoebe RASCC
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Steller's Jay SCPJNT
Alaudidae (Larks)
Horned Lark RASCC
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Tree Swallow RASCC
Barn Swallow RASCC
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit OP
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Brown Creeper SCPJNT
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Pacific Wren SCPJNT
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit NA
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
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)
Purple Finch SCPJNT
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, CA = AQCP
Alviso Marina, CA = AM
Anderson Reservoir, CA = AR
Calero Reservoir, CA = CR
Charleston Slough, CA = CS
Don Edwards Center, CA = DEC
Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, CA = DM.SWPCP
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool, CA = ELCPSW
Fortini Trail, CA = FT
Geng Road, CA = GR
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, CA = GOGP
Jubilee Christian Center, CA = JCC
Lake Almaden, CA = LA
Lake Cunningham, CA = LC
Lexington Reservoir, CA = LR
New Almaden, CA = NA
Oka Ponds, CA = OP
Palo Alto Duck Pond, CA = PADP
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County, CA = RASCC
Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail, CA = SCPJNT

149 Species at 20 Locations

Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County
Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County
Lexington Reservoir
Oka Ponds
Lake Almaden
Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail
New Almaden
Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
Fortini Trail
Calero Reservoir
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County
Anderson Reservoir
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County
Lake Cunningham
Ed Levin County Park Sandy Wool
Rural Areas of Santa Clara County
Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant
Jubilee Christian Center
Don Edwards Center
Alviso Marina
Charleston Slough
Geng Road
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Calero Reservoir
Alviso Marina
Calero Reservoir
Don Edwards Center
Palo Alto Duck Pond
Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We started at 4:15am with two owling stops on Hicks Road and McAbee Road, which netted us NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and WESTERN SCREECH-OWL. Great Horned Owls were silent all morning.

We went to the John Nicholas trail for the dawn chorus, where PACIFIC WRENS were plentiful.

Oka Ponds and Almaden Lake yielded their expected collection of regulars, including GREEN HERON and WILSON's SNIPE at Oka and a good gull flock at Almaden.

We were unable to find CHIPPING SPARROW at Jeffrey Fontana park where Janna Pauser had pointed it out to us a week earlier.

We enjoyed the scenery at New Almaden and Fortini Trail (both sites new to us) while picking up RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW and CALIFORNIA THRASHER.

We used mid-day to crank through a series of short stops for staked-out birds in the south county, including BLUE-WINGED TEAL and HORNED LARK in Morgan Hill; BALD EAGLE and ROCK WREN at Anderson Reservoir. We we struck by seeing CASPIAN TERN at three different sites during the day.

By late afternoon, strong winds at Ed Levin County Park and Alviso Marina made both stops difficult for listening and generally unproductive, although we did manage to hear one short burst from a VIRGINIA RAIL at the Marina.

We almost called it a day when a MERLIN spooked all the shorebirds at the Palo Alto yacht harbor mudflats, but we hung in long enough to find a Cinnamon Teal behind the Lucy Evans center for our last bird of the day at 8pm.