Following the third-hand report of a Little Blue Heron along Waterfront Road in Martinez, a number of us took a look out there today. David Kent, Tracy Farrington, Albert Linkowski and I took various looks around the area. None of us found a Little Blue Heron.
I drove east on waterfront road until the road was flooded before the Walnut Creek channel. I checked Waterbird Pond on Waterbird Way at the Acme Fill entrance gate. Albert and I both check the Mococo Ponds north of the railroad tracks on the entry road to EcoServices. And I'm sure we all checked the area directly under I-680 and McNabney Marsh proper.
Albert and I found each other before 6:30 PM and exchanged information. He had a Ring-necked duck in McNabney, I saw a male Cinnamon Teal. He had seven Green-winged Teals in a plastic-lined pond at the EcoServices entrance. I had counted six. I had about 60 Black-necked Stilts in the Waterbird Way pond, plus some dowitchers and Greater Yellowlegs. There were some Least Sandpipers in the plastic-lined pond, as well.
McNabney had at least 30 Snowy Egrets. Some flew north across the road east of I-680 just before Albert and I met, some flew across as we were conversing. Albert did photograph a Green Heron on a fence post almost directly under the freeway just before we met.
I do not know how many others might have been birding during the day. I can only speak for the four of us that we did not find this bird.
Hugh B. Harvey