Saturday was the 3rd field trip w/my fellow Field Ornithology students, led by our instructor, Joe Morlan, and we had a good outing, although no rarities were seen.
A banded Red-tailed Hawk at Middle Lake
Wednesday was another great class in the continuing field ornithology class I’m taking. It’s hard to believe that next week is the last class of this session (but the next set of 7 classes starts the following week, and I do plan on continuing to take this class indefinitely, or until we finish the book, whichever comes first).
Red-tailed Hawk at Point Reyes on last weekend’s field trip
Oops, almost a week late here, but last Monday, 1 October, I birded Shoreline at Mountain View Park and had a fine time of it, although I didn’t see any rarities.
American White Pelicans, American Coots, Ducks, and Dowitchers in Charleston Slough
Last night’s class began with Joe’s account of the annual WFO meeting in Las Vegas the previous weekend. One gets the impression that Joe doesn’t much care for LV :).
Of the convention and trip:
Marbled Godwit at Palo Alto Baylands Park
Another fun- and fact-filled class last night. Joe talked about the carniverous River Otters inhabiting Rodeo Lagoon (see my post about our field trip for more on this). 3 species not seen on previous class trips (for the last 20 or so years) to the lagoon were noted: Common Tern, Blackpoll Warbler and Black-bellied Plover.
Today was the first field trip in the fall semester of the continuing Field Ornithology class I’m taking, and it was a bang-up day, even with somewhat soggy weather. Unlike the first semester, when I left my camera at home so I could focus on learning, I decided to bring it along today, in case anything interesting turned up.