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1978-02-03: CA: Palo Alto Baylands

@PAB: Palo Alto Baylands
Grebe, Western @Palo Alto Baylands
Harrier, Northern @Palo Alto Baylands

1978-02-11: CA: Palo Alto

@DP: Palo Alto Duck Pond
@PAB: Palo Alto Baylands
@PSA: Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
@YH: Palo Alto Yacht Harbor
@day: Palo Alto
Wigeon, American @Palo Alto Baylands
Mallard @Palo Alto Baylands
Shoveler, Northern @Palo Alto Baylands
Pintail, Common @Palo Alto Baylands
Scaup, Lesser @Palo Alto Duck Pond
Scoter, Surf 3♂ @Palo Alto Baylands
Over the channel.
Duck, Ruddy @Palo Alto Baylands
Grebe, Pied-billed @Palo Alto Yacht Harbor
Grebe, Horned @Palo Alto Yacht Harbor
Grebe, Western @Palo Alto Yacht Harbor
Cormorant, Double-crested @Palo Alto Baylands
Over the road.
Egret, Snowy @Palo Alto Yacht Harbor
Night-Heron, Black-crowned @Palo Alto Baylands
Coot, American @Palo Alto Baylands
Plover, Black-bellied 1+ @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Killdeer 6+ @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Avocet, American 200 @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Willet @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Curlew, Long-billed 5+ @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Godwit, Marbled 300 @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Sandpiper, Least 200+ @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Dunlin # @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Dowitcher, Long-billed 300+ @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Gull, Mew # @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Gull, Ring-billed # @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Gull, Western 1+ @Palo Alto Baylands
Gull, California 1+ @Palo Alto Baylands
Dove, Rock @Palo Alto Baylands
Dove, Mourning @Palo Alto Baylands
Owl, Burrowing @Palo Alto Baylands
Maude? at the old station, across the road from the air terminal and just south, between the parking lot and the road.
Hummingbird, Anna's @Palo Alto Baylands
Oregon Expressway x US-101 interchange.
Vocalizations: By song.
Starling, European @Palo Alto Baylands
Pipit, Water 1+ @Palo Alto Baylands: spoils area
Sparrow, Savannah @Palo Alto Yacht Harbor
Near the north harbor entrance.
Blackbird, Red-winged @Palo Alto Baylands
Meadowlark, Western @Palo Alto Baylands
Blackbird, Brewer's @Palo Alto Baylands
Finch, House @Palo Alto Baylands
Sparrow, House @Palo Alto Baylands

1978-02-13: CA: PA: city

@day: PA: city
Waxwing, Cedar 30 @PA: city
First tree south of Brooks, Bryant Street.
Towhee, Spotted @PA: city
Stanford campus.

1978-02-16: CA: Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir

@LB: Los Banos NWR
@M: Merced NWR
@SJ: San Jose
@SLR: San Luis Reservoir
@SMR: Sandy Mush Road
@day: Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Goose, Snow 2000+ @Merced NWR
Goose, Canada @Merced NWR
Gadwall @Los Banos NWR
Wigeon, American @Sandy Mush Road
Mallard @Los Banos NWR
Teal, Cinnamon 
@Los Banos NWR
@Sandy Mush Road
Shoveler, Northern @Los Banos NWR
Pintail, Common 
@Merced NWR
@Sandy Mush Road
@Los Banos NWR
Teal, Green-Winged @Los Banos NWR
Scaup, Greater ~12 @San Luis Reservoir
Bufflehead @San Luis Reservoir
Goldeneye, Common 1 @San Luis Reservoir
Merganser, Common 1♀ @San Luis Reservoir
Duck, Ruddy @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Pheasant, Ring-necked 
@Merced NWR
@Los Banos NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 
@Los Banos NWR
@San Luis Reservoir
Grebe, Western 1-2 @Los Banos NWR
Cormorant, Double-crested @Los Banos NWR
1a @Los Banos NWR
1i @Los Banos NWR
Bittern, American 1 @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Ten feet from the car window. Pretty unwary compared to Palo Alto bitterns.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Los Banos NWR
Egret, Great @Los Banos NWR
Egret, Snowy @Los Banos NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
See photo under Long-billed Curlew.
Kite, White-tailed 2 @Los Banos NWR
Just south of the refuge entrance.
Hawk, Marsh # @Los Banos NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Hawk, Ferruginous 1 @Sandy Mush Road
Hawk, Rough-legged 1 @Sandy Mush Road
Kestrel, American # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Sora ? @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Vocalizations: Heard 'so...'
Gallinule, Common 1 @Los Banos NWR
Coot, American # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Crane, Sandhill # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Stilt, Black-necked @Los Banos NWR
Avocet, American 
@Merced NWR
@Los Banos NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 1 @Los Banos NWR
Willet 1 @Merced NWR
Curlew, Long-billed 
# @Los Banos NWR
# @Sandy Mush Road
Sandpiper, Western # @Merced NWR
Most abundant peep.
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Merced NWR
Dunlin # @Merced NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed 
@Merced NWR
@Los Banos NWR
Snipe, Common # @Los Banos NWR
Gull, Ring-billed # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Gull, California ? @Los Banos NWR
Gull, Glaucous-winged @Sandy Mush Road
Dove, Rock @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Pigeon, Band-tailed ? @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Dove, Mourning @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
East of Gilroy.
Woodpecker, Nuttall's 1 @Los Banos NWR
On a half-submerged log.
Flicker, Red-shafted 1 @Los Banos NWR
Phoebe, Black @Los Banos NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1+ @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Shrike, Loggerhead ~12 @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Scrub-Jay, Western @San Jose
Crow, Common @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Los Banos, in town.
Wren, Long-billed Marsh 4+ @Los Banos NWR
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Merced NWR
Thrush, Hermit @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Robin, American @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Thrush, Varied 2 @Merced NWR
Mockingbird, Northern @Los Banos NWR
Starling, European # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Pipit, Water 
@Merced NWR
@Los Banos NWR
@Sandy Mush Road
Warbler, Audubon's @Los Banos NWR
Sparrow, Vesper #? @Sandy Mush Road
Sparrow, Lark @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Sparrow, Savannah @Los Banos NWR
Sparrow, Fox 1 @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Sparrow, Song 
@Merced NWR
@Los Banos NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned 
@Los Banos NWR
@Merced NWR
Sparrow, Golden-crowned @Merced NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Blackbird, Tricolored @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Huge flocks, mixed with Red-winged Blackbirds.
Meadowlark, Western @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Los Banos; Merced NWR; San Luis Reservoir
Cowbird, Brown-headed @Sandy Mush Road
Finch, House @Sandy Mush Road
Sparrow, House @Merced NWR

1978-02-18: CA: Palo Alto

@FB: Palo Alto Flood Basin
@MC: Palo Alto Flood Basin: Matadero Creek
@day: Palo Alto
@home: Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Route Scoping the flood basin, over to Matadero Creek on the west side.
Gadwall @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Wigeon, American @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Mallard @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Teal, Cinnamon 5♂ @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Shoveler, Northern @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Pintail, Common @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Canvasback # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Most numerous at the corner of Matadero Creek and the frontage road.
Redhead 2♂ @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Main pond.
Scaup, Greater @Palo Alto Flood Basin: Matadero Creek
Duck, Ruddy @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Grebe, Pied-billed @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Egret, Snowy @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Sora @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Vocalizations: By call.
Gallinule, Common @Palo Alto Flood Basin: Matadero Creek
Coot, American @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Killdeer @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Stilt, Black-necked @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Yellowlegs, Greater 2 @Palo Alto Flood Basin
With stilts on the south side of the south pond.
Snipe, Common @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Vocalizations: Call transcribed as 'yidzzt'.
I looked right at it and didn't see it.
Gull, Ring-billed # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Most numerous gull.
Gull, Western # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Gull, California # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Second most numerous gull.
Gull, Herring # @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Gull, Thayer's 1? @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Gull, Glaucous-winged @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Gull, Glaucous 1? @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Description: Bill stout but all black; unmarked except for a dirty marbled color overall.
Jack Grimes swore it was a Glaucous.
Dove, Mourning 
@Palo Alto Flood Basin
@Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Flicker, Red-shafted @Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Shrike, Loggerhead ? @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Scrub-Jay, Western @Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Robin, American 
@Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
@Palo Alto Flood Basin
Embarcadero Road.
Starling, European @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Bayshore Road.
Warbler, Audubon's @Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
House list.
Towhee, California @Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Sparrow, Savannah @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Sparrow, Song @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Sparrow, White-crowned 
@Palo Alto Flood Basin
@Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Blackbird, Red-winged @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Meadowlark, Western @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Blackbird, Brewer's @Palo Alto Flood Basin
House list.
Finch, House 
@Palo Alto Flood Basin
@Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
Sparrow, House @Palo Alto: 3101#22 Middlefield Road
House list.

1978-02-19: CA: PA: City: home

@day: PA: City: home
Thrasher, California @PA: City: home
134 Waverley.
Towhee, Rufous-sided @PA: City: home
134 Waverley.
Sparrow, White-crowned i @PA: City: home
Description: On the posterior half of the crown, two black stripes were separated by a white stripe, the adult pattern. On the anterior half, two rufuous stripes were separated by a gold stripe, the immature pattern.
Sparrow, Golden-crowned @PA: City: home
Description: The crown of this late immature bird showed a gold center between two converging black stripes that became thinner posteriorly.

1978-02-24: CA: Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton

@CSR: Crystal Springs Reservoir
@HMB: Half Moon Bay
@PB: Pescadero Beach
@PH: Princeton Harbor
@PM: Pescadero Marsh
@PP: Pigeon Point
@SU: Stanford University
@day: Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Gadwall @Pescadero Marsh
Wigeon, American @Pescadero Marsh
Mallard @Pescadero Marsh
Teal, Blue-winged @Pescadero Marsh
1♂ @Pescadero Marsh
1♀ @Pescadero Marsh
Teal, Cinnamon 60+ @Pescadero Marsh
Shoveler, Northern @Pescadero Marsh
@Pescadero Marsh
@Half Moon Bay
South of Half Moon Bay in farm ponds.
Scaup, Greater 
@Pigeon Point
@Pescadero Marsh
@Princeton Harbor
@Half Moon Bay
Scoter, Surf 
@Pigeon Point
@Princeton Harbor
Scoter, White-winged 
@Pigeon Point
@Princeton Harbor
Bufflehead @Pescadero Marsh
Behavior: Copulating.
Goldeneye, Common 
♀ @Pigeon Point
♀ @Pescadero Marsh
♀ @Princeton Harbor
Merganser, Red-breasted 
3♀ @Pescadero Marsh
2♀ @Pigeon Point
2♀ @Princeton Harbor
2♂ @Princeton Harbor
Duck, Ruddy @Pescadero Marsh
Loon, Red-throated 
@Pigeon Point
@Princeton Harbor
Loon, Pacific @Pigeon Point
Loon, Common @Princeton Harbor
Grebe, Pied-billed 
@Pescadero Marsh
@Crystal Springs Reservoir
Grebe, Horned @Crystal Springs Reservoir
Grebe, Red-necked @Pigeon Point
Grebe, Eared @Pescadero Marsh
Grebe, Western 
@Pescadero Marsh
@Pigeon Point
@Princeton Harbor
Cormorant, Brandt's 1 @Pigeon Point
Cormorant, Double-crested 1-2 @Pigeon Point
Cormorant, Pelagic # @Pigeon Point
Heron, Great Blue 6 @Pescadero Marsh
All feeding within a fifty-yard radius.
Egret, Great @Pescadero Marsh
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Seen from I-280.
Eagle, Bald 1 @Pescadero Marsh
Stalked to within 80 yards. When the king rises, all rise (that is, when it flew, everything flew).
Hawk, Marsh # @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Hawk, Rough-legged 3 @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Kestrel, American @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Rail, Virginia @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Coot, American @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Plover, Black-bellied 2 @Pescadero Marsh
Killdeer @Pescadero Marsh
Oystercatcher, Black 1 @Pescadero Beach
Sandpiper, Spotted @Crystal Springs Reservoir
South of the east end of the bridge that crosses the reservoir.
Tattler, Wandering @Pescadero Beach
Willet @Pescadero Beach
Whimbrel 1 @Pescadero Beach
Godwit, Marbled @Pescadero Marsh
Turnstone, Black 
# @Pescadero Beach
6 @Pescadero Marsh
Surfbird 1 @Pescadero Beach
@Pescadero Marsh
@Princeton Harbor
Sandpiper, Western 1 @Pescadero Marsh
Dunlin @Pescadero Marsh
Gull, Mew @Pescadero Marsh
Gull, Western 
@Pescadero Beach
@Pescadero Marsh
Gull, California @Pescadero Marsh
Gull, Herring @Pescadero Marsh
Gull, Thayer's @Pescadero Marsh
Gull, Glaucous-winged 
@Pescadero Beach
@Pescadero Marsh
Tern, Forster's @Princeton Harbor
First of the year.
Murre, Common @Pigeon Point
Guillemot, Pigeon @Pigeon Point
Murrelet, Marbled @Pigeon Point
Dove, Rock @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Dove, Mourning @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Kingfisher, Belted @Pescadero Marsh
Woodpecker, Downy @Pescadero Marsh
North side, a woodlot on water.
Flicker, Red-shafted @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Phoebe, Black @Pescadero Marsh
North side, a woodlot on water.
Scrub-Jay, Western @Stanford University
Crow, Common @Pescadero Marsh
Vocalizations: By its so-called voice.
Raven, Common @Pescadero Marsh
Swallow, Tree @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Swallow, Violet-green @Pescadero Marsh
Bushtit, Common 
@Pescadero Marsh
@Pigeon Point
Wren, Long-billed Marsh @Pescadero Marsh
Vocalizations: Abundant swearing.
Wrentit @Pescadero Marsh
Thrush, Hermit @Pescadero Marsh
Robin, American @Pescadero Marsh
Thrush, Varied @Pescadero Marsh
Starling, European @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Pipit, Water @Pescadero Marsh
Warbler, Audubon's @Pescadero Marsh
Yellowthroat, Common @Pescadero Marsh
Towhee, California @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Sparrow, Savannah @Pescadero Marsh
Sparrow, Song @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton
Sparrow, White-crowned @Pigeon Point
Blackbird, Red-winged @Pescadero Beach
Blackbird, Brewer's @Pescadero Beach
Finch, House @Pigeon Point
Sparrow, House @Pescadero; Pigeon Pt; Princeton

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