Heather Farm Walnut Creek July 5
Having been away just over 2 weeks, I was prepared for a very quiet morning in the park; this is the normal summer doldrums birding time. It was quiet, but I also had some interesting observations.
While on the gravel boat ramp for the large, mostly natural pond, I heard a loud sound I could not immediately place. Then I realized it was a Great Yellowlegs. I do not know where it was or to where it flew, despite checking several locations where it might have been along the edge.
For the first time in years, I saw a baby Pied-billed Grebe, complete with head stripes. It was swimming near an adult out in the middle of the pond.
Also present were a Kingfisher, which caught a small something, a Green Heron, a single Black-crowned Night-Heron and a Common Gallinule.
Several swallows were flying over the pond, Barn, Violet-green and I think a Rough-winged Swallow.
A Red-shouldered Hawk was heard several times, one Nuttall's Woodpecker called and I heard White-breasted Nuthatch in maybe three locations.
Hugh B. Harvey