Re: High number of wood ducks @ Valle Vista it’s a.m.
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Does anyone have info on why the Upper San Leandro Reservoir has been lowered so much, why EBMUD is cutting so many trees in the Valle Vista area, and what their plans are? Went to Valle Vista today and was shocked to see the reservoir doesn't even reach there at the moment. The only water was restricted to the old creek, carving a deep channel through the broad desolate mudflats, with channel banks so steep you can't see the water (let alone the few birds) in most of it. Very few waterbirds, no grebes or geese, the few ducks and coots mostly confined to the stretch around the farthest bend visible in the distance from the main trail.
Similarly, the creek as it runs under the bridge is very shallow with steep barren banks on both sides. First time I've been there and not seen a single bird from the bridge in either direction.
Also, lots of trees have been cut along the trials as mentioned earlier. Even if they're non-native, it seems like another habitat disruption. Would be great to hear some explanation of EBMUD's plans around this normally fabulous spot.
- Fred Werner
On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:29 AM <rudebuschj@...> wrote: