Palo Alto Baylands birding

I had a short and chilly stop by the Baylands on the way home from work yesterday to see what was afoot. It was only about 40 minutes before sunset when I arrived, so I didn’t get to complete my usual walk before it got too dark to bother, and I missed the area where a Eurasian Wigeon was recently spotted.

Winter is upon us – I dind’t see a single Egret in the palm trees by the duck pond and just a couple of lonely Black-crowned Night Herons. Raptors were out more than I’ve recently seen, with a Cooper’s(?) Hawk, which posed nicely for a few photographs, a White-tailed Kite, which did no such thing, and a buteo seen between the duck pond and the Palo Alto Airport.

Cooper's(?) Hawk at Palo Alto Baylands