It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday


There are still many White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek's Ygnacio Valley.  They are some of our winter birds.  Today I found almost alternate-plumaged Audubon's and Myrtle Warblers.  A Merlin was in a conifer high above the dog park, and we still have more than 20 Ring-necked Ducks.  The lone female Common Goldeneye continues.

On the other hand, today the Canada Goose family was down to 2 goslings; it was 4 last week and 3 over the weekend.  A Cackling Goose was on the sidewalk around the concrete pond not far away.  A pair of Mallards had 4 ducklings at the large, mostly natural pond.

The Ruby-crowned Kinglets continue to sing, as do the Mockingbird and the Red-winged Blackbirds.  A pair of Killdeer is hanging out at the equestrian area parking lot; I keep hoping they cross the road to the fenced solar panel area which also has a gravel base.

Yesterday was a three-swallow day with Rough-winged, Barn and Violet-green Swallows seen.  Today I had a single Barn Swallow and others unidentified as they flew high and behind trees.

I did not see the Tropical Kingbird today, it is often a couple of weeks between sightings.  I did see a Green Heron and a Black-crowned Night-Heron.  The latter was in the reeds to the left of the gravel boat ramp.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

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