San Mateo County, California
Field Trip Report
Holbrook-Palmer Park, Atherton; Union Cemetery and Stulsaft Park, Redwood City
April 14, 2012
Jennifer Rycenga, leader
At Union Cemetery, April 14, 2012: Elizabeth, John, Barbara, Chris, Douglas, and Jennifer Rycenga (leader)
We had a lovely day for our mini-eBirding field trip on Saturday April 14. We visited three small parks in the Redwood City/Atherton area - Holbrook-Palmer, Union Cemetery, and Stulsaft – and saw a total of thirty-eight species. Thirteen participants at the beginning of the trip, with four of us gabbing until 3:00 pm about the fine points of eBird data entry and information gleaning! Highlights included a small migrant flock at Union Cemetery, where we watched a Wilson's Warbler and an Orange-crowned Warbler bathing. We also saw a male Western Tanager coming into full breeding plumage; his call note enabled participants to learn this tell-tale sign of the presence of tanagers. A combative pair of Northern Mockingbirds drove American Crows away from the Mockers' nest site. Good birding! Thanks to John Bradley, a participant, for this fine picture of the Western Tanager.
Western Tanager, Union Cemetery, April 14, 2012 (John Bradley)