San Mateo County, California
Field Trip Report
Coal Creek Open Space Preserve
September 18, 2016
Leader: Jennifer Rycenga
A dozen intrepid explorer-birders enjoyed discovering the hidden gem that is Coal Creek Open Space Preserve. Starting from the Cloud's Rest Scenic Pullout along SR 35, we trekked down the Clouds Rest Trail, to the riparian along Alpine Road. We finished our loop by climbing back along the Meadow Trail. Everyone was impressed with the variety of habitats and the spectacular views. Bird highlights included good looks at California Thrasher, Acorn Woodpecker, and three separate fly-overs by Osprey. Thirty-four total species were detected by the group. Donna Schulman, visiting from New York City, took the group pictures below. Thanks to all for participating, especially when it turned into the hottest day of the year!
Jennifer helps to orient the group (Donna Schulman, photo)
Jennifer Rycenga, right; Chris O'Connell left. Chris biked uphill to participate in this field trip!
(Donna Schulman, photo)
Acorn Woodpecker, Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, September, 2016
(Jennifer Rycenga, photographer)