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1980-07-07: CA: Palo Alto

@DP: Palo Alto: Duck Pond
@FB: Palo Alto: Flood Basin
@PAB: Palo Alto: Baylands
@PAC: Palo Alto: cloaca
Where the sewage outflow meets the Bay.
@day: Palo Alto
Route On a declining tide.
# @Palo Alto: Duck Pond
# @Palo Alto: Flood Basin
Mallard @Palo Alto: Duck Pond
Pintail, Common @Palo Alto: cloaca
scaup sp. @Palo Alto: Baylands
Duck, Ruddy 10 @Palo Alto: cloaca
Egret, Great @Palo Alto: Baylands
Sea Scouts area.
Egret, Snowy # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Rail, Clapper 3 @Palo Alto: Baylands
Description: Primaries look black in flight.
That's three more than I usually see in midsummer.
Coot, American @Palo Alto: cloaca
Plover, Black-bellied 5 @Palo Alto: Baylands
On bay mud.
Description: Black axillars.
Killdeer @Palo Alto: Baylands
Stilt, Black-necked # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Behavior: Swooped and yelled at by several of them, even the one that only had one leg.
Avocet, American 1 @Palo Alto: cloaca
sandpiper sp. # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Willet # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Description: Alternate plumage.
Godwit, Marbled # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Bay mud.
dowitcher sp. # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Gull, Ring-billed # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Gull, California # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Tern, Caspian @Palo Alto: Baylands
Well out over the bay.
Vocalizations: Call heard.
Tern, Forster's # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Dove, Rock # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Dove, Mourning @Palo Alto: Baylands
I-280 in Cupertino.
Swallow, Cliff # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Swallow, Barn # @Palo Alto: Baylands
Mockingbird 2 @Palo Alto: Baylands
Near the Palo Alto Airport.
Sparrow, Song # @Palo Alto: Baylands
On territories in the pickleweed.
Cowbird, Brown-headed @Palo Alto: Baylands
Finch, House @Palo Alto: Baylands
Near yacht harbor parking lot.
Sparrow, House @Palo Alto: Duck Pond

1980-07-08: CA: Cupertino: home

@day: Cupertino: home
Chickadee, Chestnut-backed 2 @Cupertino: home
Two on birdbath, bathing.
House list #21.

1980-07-14: CA: Cupertino: 10305 Calvert

@day: Cupertino: 10305 Calvert
Also found a 3' gopher snake in the back yard.
Robin, American 1i @Cupertino: 10305 Calvert
In my backyard.
Breeding: Very young, most probably born near here.
Oriole, Hooded 1♂ @Cupertino: 10305 Calvert
On the bird bath.

1980-07-14: CA: Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth

@ML: Moss Landing
@PRM: Pajaro River mouth
@Z: Zmudowski State Beach
@day: Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Scoter, Surf 6+ @Moss Landing
Scoter, White-winged 2 @Moss Landing
Merganser, Red-breasted 2♀ @Moss Landing
With scoters in the harbor.
Description: Red head, gray body.
Duck, Ruddy 3 @Moss Landing
Quail, California 
@Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
On a wire near Molera Road.
@Moss Landing
Small covey near the houses north of the Marine Lab.
Loon, Red-throated 
1 @Moss Landing
1 @Pajaro River mouth
Grebe, Pied-billed @Zmudowski State Beach
Farm pond.
Egret, Snowy 2 @Moss Landing
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 1i @Moss Landing
Hawk, Red-tailed @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Near Freedom.
Kestrel, American @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
On a wire, SR-156.
Coot, American @Zmudowski State Beach
#a @Zmudowski State Beach
#i @Zmudowski State Beach
Plover, Black-bellied # @Moss Landing
Stilt, Black-necked 1 @Moss Landing
Willet # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Description: Most in alternate, a few in basic plumage.
Whimbrel 1 @Pajaro River mouth
Flying down the river.
Godwit, Marbled # @Pajaro River mouth
Huge numbers.
Sanderling # @Pajaro River mouth
Sandpiper, Least # @Pajaro River mouth
Description: Very scaly alternate plumage. Yellow legs.
Dowitcher, Short-billed 40 @Pajaro River mouth
Vocalizations: 'tyu^3'
Gull, Heermann's # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Gull, Western # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Tern, Caspian 
100 @Pajaro River mouth
# @Moss Landing
Tern, Forster's 200 @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
At Pajaro River mouth and around generally.
Tern, Elegant 
150 @Pajaro River mouth
# @Moss Landing
Dove, Rock # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Dove, Mourning # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Kingfisher, Belted 
1 @Moss Landing
2 @Zmudowski State Beach
Shrike, Loggerhead 
@Pajaro River mouth
@Moss Landing
Swallow, Cliff 1-4 @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Swallow, Barn # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Robin, American @Moss Landing
Parking lot.
Starling, European @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Sparrow, White-crowned 1i @Moss Landing
Behavior: Eating a grasshopper.
Meadowlark, Western @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Near Gilroy on US-101.
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth
Finch, House @Moss Landing
Sparrow, House # @Moss Landing; Pajaro R mouth

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