San Mateo County, California
Field Trip Report
Photo courtesy Sonny Mencher
Redwood Shores Bird Walk
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Wonderful day today- Birding along Belmont Slough behind the Redwood Shores Library.
Great weather and group of birders -
Well worth missing start of some football game.
I was pleasantly surprised at number of people attending.
Approximately 15-17 adults and about 8-10 young kids.
As usual we started with a short slide show - expected birds and a few "possibilities" - although not likely
I went to my car to get scope, our pack of loaner binoculars and the bird ID cards.
Here Robin Smith took one group and Melissa Hero the rest out to the trail to wait for me.
First bird Robin and her group saw was the Gadwall x Shoveler hybrid
At about the same time Melissa sets up her scope and finds a Eurasian WIgeon
Both of my "possibilities-but not likely" within the first minute - Before I got back WOW.
Then Avocets - in basic and breeding plumage - mentioned as probably
Rest of list:
Great and Snowy Egrets
Variety of gulls
Black Necked Stilts
Green Winged Teals
Long billed Curlew