Steven's Creek Bridge 3 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 9:30
Common Mergansers at the corner of Stevenâ€™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 â€“ 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. Itâ€™s old home week!
McClellan Ranch - 10:20
This stop did not work out as planned â€“ no Lincolnâ€™s Sparrow. No White-crowned Sparrow. No tanager, no nuthatches. But good ground made up with swifts and an Oriole.
Transit â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 12:08
We thought this would be the last stop of the day â€“ 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 â€“ 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.