Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 Super sMeW Birdathon

8 eBird checklists
Charleston Slough
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
Don Edwards Center
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
Stevens Creek Reservoir
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
Palo Alto Duck Pond
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
Stevens Creek County Park Villa Maria
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
Santa Clara
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,
McClellan Ranch Preserve
eBird - Casual Observation, 0mins,

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.

102 Species
8 Locations