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