Big Break and Marsh Creek Trail

kathy jarrett

GGAS Big Break and Marsh Creek Trail Bicycle Trip, Sat Apr 10,
Highlights: Western Kingbirds, Green Heron, Bonaparte's
Gulls, pair of Northern Harriers.

We started at the new trailhead which is the
first right just past Vintage Parkway and went out to the new fishing pier to
have a good view of the water. The wind was in our faces and there was the
threat of rain, so we went nearly to Sunset Rd on the trail before turning back,
about 17 miles in all. Between Delta and Sunset Roads the trail passes a sewage
treatment plant where we saw the Antioch? Primrose and a Fremontia tree in
bloom. The Bonaparte's Gulls and a large number of Northern Shovelers were at the Ironhouse Sanitary District Sewage
ponds which are only a short distance in from the trailhead at Fetzer and Jordan Lanes.
37 species
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Northern Shoveler
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Harrier
Swainson's Hawk
American Kestrel
California Quail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Bonaparte's Gull
Rock Pigeon (I)
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling (I)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
House Sparrow (I)

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