I decided I hadn’t had enough birding after last Sunday’s morning walk at Lake Merced, so after picking Sarah up at our place, we headed down the peninsula. After a tasty dim sum lunch at Joy Luck Place in San Mateo, we went to Shoreline at Mountain View Park. This was Sarah’s first time at this nice bay-side park, and the birding proved to be pretty good.
In the largely-dry pond by the end of San Antonio Road were a few Mallards and a number of Northern Shovelers, but little else. Continuing east toward the bay, the slough on the left was chock-full of birds, mostly winter ducks. We saw hundreds of Northern Shovelers, a half dozen or so Cinnamon Teal, several Gadwall, numerous Green-winged Teal, a bunch of Mallards, and a few Scaup, but oddly, no American Wigeons, which were numerous on my last visit about 4 weeks ago. Also in the slough were a Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American Coots galore, and a smattering of Pied-billed Grebes.
In the forebay we looked out from the viewing platform. The little islands in the water had little activity, but many basic-plumaged American Avocets were around, as well as many hundreds more Northern Shovelers, a few dozen Green-winged Teal, a handful of Willets, and several hundred Dowitchers.
Heading south now, I spotted a bird I’ve never seen before at Shoreline, a Common Moorhen, which upon reflection, I have only ever seen at Coyote Hills Park in Fremont. They look very much like an American Coot, except that they have a white horizontal streak across their body, and their bill is yellow at the top and red at the bottom, as opposed to a Coot’s solid white bill. It was in deep shadow, however, and my the photos I took didn’t come out well (photos of other Common Moorhens I’ve seen are here, though).
We next walked along the east shore of Shoreline Lake, which had many Surf Scoters foraging, as well as a Willet, numerous Double-crested Cormorants, several Eared Grebes, and a few Pied-billed Grebes. A Northern Mockingbird perched in a treetop, and a flock of Mourning Doves hid in the shadows. Both common Zonotrichia sparrows (Golden- and White-crowned) pecked at the margins of the foliage.
Birds thinned out as we neared the lake’s store and boat rental center, although a dark Red-tailed Hawk gave us nice views. We continued a bit south from the lake on the chance of seeing Burrowing Owls, but like prior visits in 2007, the burrows that provided many excellent looks in 2006 appeared uninhabited. A Say’s Phoebe perched atop some brush was a bit of a surprise – another bird I’ve never seen here (or even near here, as nearly all of the Say’s Phoebes I’ve seen have been ~70 miles north of here in Point Reyes, where they’re pretty common).
With that we turned around and headed towards the car. We didn’t see much else on the way back – the large numbers of people out enjoying the park on this lovely day probably kept the brush birds in the brush, although we did spot a Black-crowned Night Heron hiding in the reeds by the forebay.
This is always a nice walk, and at 3’ish miles, is even approaching long’ish, unlike most birdwatching walks I do, which can’t really be considered exercise by any reasonable standard 🙂
Number of species: 33
Canada Goose – Branta canadensis X
Gadwall – Anas strepera X
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos X
Cinnamon Teal – Anas cyanoptera X
Northern Shoveler – Anas clypeata X
Green-winged Teal – Anas crecca X
Greater/Lesser Scaup – Aythya marila/affinis X
Surf Scoter – Melanitta perspicillata X
Pied-billed Grebe – Podilymbus podiceps X
Eared Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis X
Brown Pelican – Pelecanus occidentalis X
Double-crested Cormorant – Phalacrocorax auritus X
Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias X
Great Egret – Ardea alba X
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax X
White-tailed Kite – Elanus leucurus X
Northern Harrier – Circus cyaneus X
Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis X
Common Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus X
American Coot – Fulica americana X
American Avocet – Recurvirostra americana X
Willet – Tringa semipalmata X
Short-billed Dowitcher – Limnodromus griseus X
Ring-billed Gull – Larus delawarensis X
Western Gull – Larus occidentalis X
Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura X
Anna’s Hummingbird – Calypte anna X
Black Phoebe – Sayornis nigricans X
Say’s Phoebe – Sayornis saya X
Northern Mockingbird – Mimus polyglottos X
Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia X
White-crowned Sparrow – Zonotrichia leucophrys X
Golden-crowned Sparrow – Zonotrichia atricapilla X
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)