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1976-11-10: CA: (?Palo Alto)

@day: (?Palo Alto)
Waxwing, Cedar @(?Palo Alto)

1976-11-02: CA: Santa Clara

@day: Santa Clara
Owl, Burrowing @Santa Clara
This is Charlie, sort of a mascot at the Tandem plant on Stender Way in Santa Clara.
Warbler, Audubon's @Santa Clara
Slide says “Santa Clara, Tandem orchard.” Vivitar 400mm, f/5.6, 1/500.

1976-11-04: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

Notable:  American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon
@day: Palo Alto Baylands
Wigeon, American x Wigeon, Eurasian @Palo Alto Baylands
Description: Rusty head of European, rusty flanks of American.

1976-11-05: CA: Moss Landing

@ML: Moss Landing
Duck, Ruddy @Moss Landing
Grebe, Eared @Moss Landing
Second photo shows the bird holding what is apparently a pipefish.
Cormorant, Brandt's @Moss Landing
Dunlin @Moss Landing

1976-11-06: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@PAB: Palo Alto Baylands
Teal, Green-Winged @Palo Alto Baylands

1976-11-09: CA: Monterey

@Mont: Monterey
Scoter, Surf 2♂ @Monterey
Cormorant, Brandt's @Monterey

1976-11-15: CA: Sunol; Calaveras

@CR: Calaveras Reservoir
@SP: Sunol Park
@day: Sunol; Calaveras
Hawk, Sharp-shinned @Sunol; Calaveras
Eagle, Golden i @Calaveras Reservoir
The first photo shows an eagle landing on a high-tension tower, with two Yellow-billed Magpies in flight nearby.
Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied @Sunol; Calaveras
Sapsucker, Red-breasted @Sunol; Calaveras
Phoebe, Say's @Sunol; Calaveras
Magpie, Yellow-billed # @Sunol; Calaveras
Bushtit, Common @Sunol; Calaveras
Nuthatch, White-breasted @Sunol; Calaveras
Creeper, Brown @Sunol; Calaveras
Dipper, American @Sunol Park
At quite a low altitude, below the “Little Yosemite” section, not far west of the headquarters.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Sunol; Calaveras
Bluebird, Western @Sunol; Calaveras
Thrush, Hermit @Sunol; Calaveras
Towhee, Rufous-sided @Sunol; Calaveras
Sparrow, Fox @Sunol; Calaveras
Sparrow, Golden-crowned @Sunol; Calaveras

1976-11-17: CA: Palo Alto

Notable:  Eurasian Wigeon
@FB: Palo Alto Flood Basin
@SL: Stanford: Searsville Lake
@day: Palo Alto
Wigeon, Eurasian 1 @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Wigeon, American # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Snipe, Common @Stanford: Searsville Lake

1976-11-18: CA: Palo Alto Flood Basin

@day: Palo Alto Flood Basin
Bittern, American @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Nikon FTN with 50-300mm zoom at 105mm, 1/1000, f/8.

1976-11-20: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@PAB: Palo Alto Baylands
Heron, Great Blue @Palo Alto Baylands
The photos show the bird capturing, engorging, and finally having swallowed a sizeable rat. In my opinion, they can have all the rats they can catch.
Rail, Clapper @Palo Alto Baylands
Sparrow, Song @Palo Alto Baylands

1976-11-21: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@day: Palo Alto Baylands
Grebe, Horned @Palo Alto Baylands
Cormorant, Double-crested @Palo Alto Baylands
Ted Chandik, the Baylands naturalist, said this image is clear enough that he can identify the fish as a sculpin. The second photo shows the distended neck just after the fish went down.
Rail, Clapper @Palo Alto Baylands
Behavior: The photo shows the rail holding a small rodent, probably a Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, but the Ring-billed Gull is about to steal it.
Sora @Palo Alto Baylands
Gull, Ring-billed @Palo Alto Baylands
Pipit, Water @Palo Alto Baylands

1976-11-22: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@day: Palo Alto Baylands
Rail, Virginia @Palo Alto Baylands
Leonard Compagno and I refer to the area where this picture was taken as Timorous Rail Marsh. It is on the west side of the main salt marsh, hard by the Palo Alto Airport. In days of very high tides like today, the water tends to push all the rails (including Soras) to the vegetation at the edge berm. Then, when the water starts to recede, you can see them move back out into the marsh. Getting a picture, however, is difficult; they move very fast and prefer heavy cover.
Plover, Semipalmated @Palo Alto Baylands

1976-11-24: CA: All

@day: All
Thrasher, California @All

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