Not a whole lot has changed in Heather Farm Park, which is why I have not reported. We are seeing fairly regularly up to three Great Egrets, a Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Herons and Green Herons, but for me today it was only one Night-Heron.
More than 100 Canada Geese were on the ball field closest to Ygnacio Valley Road today; they move around depending on the mowing of the grass.
Today only one Red-shouldered Hawk was behind the owl box, sometimes one is there and one in a tree up the slope.
There must not have been any river otter activity, because the 60+ Mallards were scattered all over the large, mostly natural pond. Just over a week ago, the City had a crew using a machine to skim the scum from the pond.
The Anna's Hummingbirds like to hawk small gnat-like insects and I saw that activity again today.
Yesterday I heard a Downy Woodpecker, today I heard a Nuttall's. Also heard Crows and Scrub-Jays.
The eucalyptus trees between the boat ramp and chin-up bars had lots of Bushtits high, House Finches and at least one Chestnut-backed Chickadee. I also found a Song Sparrow for the first time since July 22. I am sure they are around, they are quiet, now, and much harder to find. In the same area were some Lesser Goldfinches. I counted about 25 House Finches on the ground near the chin-up bars this morning.
Swallow activity is way down, too, but I had a couple of Barn and a couple of Cliff Swallows today.
The CA Towhees had been very active for quite a while, then were quiet like the Song Sparrows. The last couple of days I saw them again near the wooden railing. Yesterday 4 of them nearly crashed my bike as I watched them chasing and fussing on the grass. When they finally landed on the sidewalk, they were joined by a fifth. Today, one of them turned out to be a young Cowbird begging and being attended by an adult Towhee.
On the other side of the ridge from the park, Fred Safier has recently had Western Tanagers, so I have been watching and listening, especially around the eucalyptus trees. Not yet for me.