S & I dropped by the Palo Alto Baylands for an hour today amid some peninsula-based errands we were running. Due to the heat and somewhat early hour (4:30pm), there wasn’t very much afoot.
The rookery in the palm trees was full of squaking SNOWY EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, but we didn’t see any GREAT EGRETS. Along with the usual hybrid ducks, MALLARDS, and RING-BILLED GULLS in the pond, there were several breeding-plumaged CALIFORNIA GULLS.
The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD nest by the ranger station had two young ‘uns poking up their head – hopefully not many people will find this nest, as it’s low to the ground, and vulnerable. Also nesting was a KILLDEER, inside the cordoned-off gravel area between the ranger housing and interpretive center.
Other than that it was the usual NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, BREWER’S BLACKBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, MARBLED GODWIT, and HOUSE SPARROW. No trace of the rumoured cattle egret, alas!