Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 5, 2017

Birding The Richmond Bay Trail 11/5/17

Today we went birding along the Richmond Bay Trail from Pt. Isabel to and including Meeker Slough and back. We ran into another birder who said he saw a Hooded Merganser in Meeker Slough, which he had never seen before. We hadn’t either, but did find it. When I got home I discovered today was the first day anyone had recorded a sighting of a Hooded Merganser on eBird. Meeker Slough was especially good for waterbirds today with a Hooded Merganser, a Bufflehead, a Canvasback and numbers of Mallards, American Coots, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeons and Northern Shovelers.

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We had a total of 38 different birds. We heard but did not see two Ridgway Rails.  I also read a report that the Wilson Snipes were seen today on the backside of the Island between Meeker Slough and Shimada Park but didn’t get that far.

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Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa, California Nov 5, 2017
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     60 F , calm to breezy, sunny, high tide. Pt. Isabel to and including Meeker Slough and back. Submitted an additional report specific to only Meeker Slough.
35 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  40
Northern Shoveler  7
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  20
Green-winged Teal  20
Canvasback  1
Bufflehead  1
Clark’s Grebe  1
Western/Clark’s Grebe  80
Pelagic Cormorant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Snowy Egret  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
White-tailed Kite  1
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk  1
Ridgway’s Rail  2     Heard only
American Coot  X
Black-bellied Plover  1
Marbled Godwit  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  X
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Black Phoebe  3
American Crow  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
California Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
House Sparrow  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40333087

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

Meeker Slough, Contra Costa, California, Nov 5, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling 0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny, 60 F, Calm to Breezy, High Tide
12 species

Canada Goose  40
Northern Shoveler  7
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  20
Green-winged Teal  20
Canvasback  1
Bufflehead  1
Hooded Merganser  1     Female
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  10
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Black Phoebe  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40332804

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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