Tracy Farrington wrote before 8 AM that he had Violet-green Swallows over the big pond at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek's Ygnacio Valley. I did not leave the house until about 9:30 and by that time it was fairly windy. No Violet-green Swallows for me, in fact I had a hard time finding my usual sparrows.
But I rode my bike past the equestrian area and around the corner to the entry gate of the private Seven Hills School. Rough-winged Swallows were flying over this pond, which we call the Seven Hills Pond. Along the closest edge of this concrete pond is a single smaller oak tree. While looking at the swallows, I found the Tropical Kingbird perched in the lower right branches of this tree. It hawked insects several times while I watched.
A couple of Ring-necked Ducks remain on the big pond, along with Buffleheads and a single Common Goldeneye.
A gorgeous Red-shouldered Hawk landed on one of the light poles along north San Carlos, the street which runs the length of the park.
Hugh B. Harvey