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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
1976-11-00-0025
This is Charlie, sort of a mascot at the Tandem plant on Stender Way in Santa Clara.
Warbler, Audubon's @Santa Clara
1976-11-02-0002
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.
1976-11-04-0029

1976-11-05: CA: Moss Landing

@ML: Moss Landing
Duck, Ruddy @Moss Landing
Grebe, Eared @Moss Landing
1976-11-05-00241976-11-05-0031
Second photo shows the bird holding what is apparently a pipefish.
Cormorant, Brandt's @Moss Landing
1976-11-05-0009
Dunlin @Moss Landing
1976-11-05-0013

1976-11-06: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@PAB: Palo Alto Baylands
Teal, Green-Winged @Palo Alto Baylands
1976-11-06-0034

1976-11-09: CA: Monterey

@Mont: Monterey
Scoter, Surf 2♂ @Monterey
1976-11-09-0036
Cormorant, Brandt's @Monterey
1976-11-09-0034

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
1976-11-15-00281976-11-15-00111976-11-15-0015
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
1976-11-15-0030
Phoebe, Say's @Sunol; Calaveras
Magpie, Yellow-billed # @Sunol; Calaveras
1976-11-15-0034
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.
1976-11-15-00201976-11-15-0016
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
1976-11-17-0018
Wigeon, American # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Snipe, Common @Stanford: Searsville Lake
1976-11-17-0027

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

@day: Palo Alto Flood Basin
Bittern, American @Palo Alto Flood Basin
1976-11-18-0024
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
1976-11-20-00271976-11-20-00321976-11-20-0036
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
1976-11-20-00101976-11-20-00041976-11-20-0016
Sparrow, Song @Palo Alto Baylands
1976-11-20-0013

1976-11-21: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@day: Palo Alto Baylands
Grebe, Horned @Palo Alto Baylands
1976-11-21-0023
Cormorant, Double-crested @Palo Alto Baylands
1976-11-21-00251976-11-21-0026
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.
1976-11-21-0022
Sora @Palo Alto Baylands
Gull, Ring-billed @Palo Alto Baylands
Pipit, Water @Palo Alto Baylands
1976-11-21-0004

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.
1976-11-22-0016
Plover, Semipalmated @Palo Alto Baylands
1976-11-22-0019

1976-11-24: CA: All

@day: All
Thrasher, California @All

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