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Birds--Birdathon, 2017

This was a team made up of members of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, plus a spouse: Bob Hirt, leader; Peter and Diane Hart; Phil and Joan Leighton; Marlene Macek; and yours truly. Our assignment was to see as many birds as we could between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 30, 2017; the four hour time limit, not to mention our inclination to hang around interesting birds rather than charge ahead to keep moving, meant that our efforts were confined to Stevens Creek Park in the foothills (Cupertino), and Shoreline Park by the Bay (Mountain View). We had a lot of fun and saw some good birds; pictures of some of them follow, in chronological order. I've included some obviously flawed photos that I thought might nonetheless evoke memories for the Board But Not Boring gang.
Townsend's Warbler, male
Townsend's Warbler, male
Black-headed Grosbeak, male
Black-headed Grosbeak, male
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-throated Gray Warbler, male
Black-throated Gray Warbler, male
Western Bluebird, male
Western Bluebird, male
Orange-crowned Warbler, singing
Orange-crowned Warbler, singing
Red-shouldered Hawk, adult on nest
Red-shouldered Hawk, adult on nest
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, flying
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, flying
Northern Flicker, Red-shafted male
Northern Flicker, Red-shafted male
American Avocets, mating
American Avocets, mating
Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Gadwalls
Gadwalls
Black-crowned Night-Heron, juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron, juvenile
Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe
Bewick's Wrens, adult feeding fledgling
Bewick's Wrens, adult feeding fledgling