Before the fireworks, Southern Waterfront

Eddie Bartley

July 3: Did a mini-Bio-blitz at Pier 94 and Yosemite slough with Bob Hall and Brent Plater this morning

Pier 94 highlights included a LEAST SANDPIPER that circled us calling, briefly landed in the marsh, a raft of 86 Western and Clark's Grebes , a PELAGIC CORMORANT in Islais Creek, 5 Caspian Terns plunge diving and two NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS foraging in the upland. There were at least two fledged Red-winged Blackbirds. The very vocal Mockingbird included a pretty good California Towhee song and an even better Willet in it's repertoire. 

Yosemite Slough: a visit to this neglected area is always a sobering visit but the slough itself is looking a bit cleaner and the uplands had at least two fledged SAVANNAH SPARROWS, on fed repeatedly by a parent during our visit. The Mockingbird at this location did a fair Belted Kingfisher mimic. 

Pier 94 had a surprisingly high number of aquatic invertebrates, butterflies in fair numbers at both sites.

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley

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