This month, the club began the day at Alviso Marina County Park, where we saw 3 of the Black Rails that are known to inhabit the marsh there, along with a calling Virginia Rail and a Sora. Afterwards, the group headed over to Don Edwards NWR, and then to Franks Dump of Hayward Regional Shoreline. There, we picked up on good numbers of shorebirds and ducks, many of which are just coming back into the area after spending the last few months further north. Hayward had a few species of particular interest, including a Ruddy Turnstone and a Baird's Sandpiper. Continuing north, Arrowhead Marsh produced Ridgway's Rails as always, and we were able to see the continuing American Redstart found by Adrian Hinkle at Creekside Park. Finally, we ended our day at the Swage Ponds of West County Wastewater District, in Contra Costa. There, the continuing first county record Buff-breasted Sandpiper found by Aaron Maizlish gave nice looks, as well as 4 Baird's Sandpipers and a Red-tailed Hawk with prey.
Attending members: Ethan, Max B., Lucas C., Lucas S., Mark, Joachim, Joseph, Nicolas, Sergey
Photo Credits: Mark Schulist, Max Benningfield, Lucas Stephenson, Lucas Corneliussen