For the first time in a while I went birding at Coyote Hills in Fremont. It’s hard to bird here in early winter, as it gets dark early, and I don’t like to pay the $5 entrance fee if I can’t be there for at least an hour or two!
There were a large number of white-tailed kites around, more than I’ve previously seen at one time, perhaps 10-12 individuals. These were the highlight of the day, and I spent some time trying (mostly in vain) to get decent photographs of the elusive little buggers.
Otherwise it was mostly the usual suspects in the marshland, and I ran out of daylight before I could explore the hills. It was a good walk, and I saw a fair number of species, several first for 2006:
American White Pelican
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Northern Scrub Jay