It was cold today and the smoke was not as bad as yesterday. Two Ring-necked Ducks have decided to stick around, and today they were joined by two Double-crested Cormorants. The new community garden area continues to attract sparrows and finches. Yesterday afternoon a Lincoln's Sparrow was on the fence, but many White-crowned Sparrows are present along with Lesser and American Goldfinches.
A Belted Kingfisher is heard or seen almost every day, along with the expected Nuttall's and Downy Woodpeckers, and the occasional Northern Flicker.
Today a Black-Crowned Night-Heron was in a tree, while a Snowy Egret was along the edge of the large, mostly natural pond. Another was at the pond next to the private Seven Hills School.
A couple of Coots, Pied-billed Grebes and at least one Common Gallinule are also on the more natural pond.
In addition to many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Saturday and again yesterday afternoon, an unusual Wilson's Warbler was present.
Late in the day, more than 170 Canada Geese collect on the north ball fields. This is something which seems to happen every fall/winter. I have often wondered how many locales in the Central County they visit during the day.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek