Spring Day on Mines Road, April 10, 1999
Weather: cold, occasional rain, overcast.
Most important sighting was Art Edwards of Livermore, out with a friend. This is Mr. Bird of Livermore area. Been hitting the hot spots there for two decades, leads trips, etc. He handed me the updated milepost summary of Mines & Del Puerto Canyon that can replace the 15 year old Jean Richmond chapter. Here is a summary of Art's superb birding data for Livermore and
Mines Road: http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/LivermoreL&C.rtf.
Murrieta's Well Road: Great Horned Owl, Nuttall's Woodpeckers, singing Bullock's Orioles, YB Magpies in riparian. NOFL, MODO, KILL, YRWA, BRBL, RWBL, SCJA, BLPH, WCSP, HOFI
MP .9 (approx) We. Meadowlark, Sav. Sparrow, Oak Titmouse, EUST, YBMA, WCSP. GCSP, BRBL, RWBL.
MP 2.0 Ac. Woodpecker, Kestrel
MP 2.5 AMRO
MP 3.0 Wild Turkey calling, Sharp-shinned Hawk
MP 4.2 West. Bluebird, Mockingbird, BH Cowbird, RWBL, BRBL, BLPH, WCSP, SCJA
MP 5.54 Cal. Thrasher singing, Wrentit singing, ANHU, PUFI, RTHA, BUOR, CAQU singing, SCJA, FOSP
MP 5.6 Roadrunner running across road, twice, FOSP, CORA, Lark Sparrow. CATH, SCJA, Kestrel, Mallard
MP 7.0 OC Warbler, DEJU, SPTO, BEWR, SCJA, OATI, MODO
MP 8.19 By small pond west of road: Kingfisher, VG Swallow, BUOR, SCJA, HOFI, wild Turkey
MP 8.52 HETH, WIWR, WEBL, SCJA, YRWA, WREN, MODO
MP 8.70 Lo. Shrike, TUVU, SCJA, ANHU, CAQU, HOFI
MP 9.94 BEWR, ACWO, SCJA, RCKI, TUVU, RTHA
MP 10.0 CATO
MP 11.1 St. Jay
MP 11.96 Linc. Sparrow, BEWR, CATO, SCJA
MP 12.63 NOFL, SCJA, ACWO, WEBL, CATH, CATO, SPTO, OATI
MP 13.8 WB Nuthatch, HETH, YRWA, SCJA, RCKI
MP 14.5 Co. Merganser in creek
MP 15.2 (at bridge) BLPH, GCSP, OATI, HETH, WEBL, Kestrel
MP 16.5 AMRO, BEWR, CORA, FOSP, GCSP
MP 20 Wood Duck in creek
Side Trip into Del Valle Park: COOT, PBGR, RBGU, WEGU, VGSW, Northern Rough-wing, Gr. Yellowlegs, WREN, OCWA, WCSP, AMRO, AMCR, TUVU, CAQU, SCJA, YBMA, RSHA, GREG
In Santa Clara County
Ponds, west of road: Bufflehead, SOSP, BASW, BLHE, CORA, SPTO, SCJA, YRWA, NUWO, MALL
The Junction: ALHU, ANHU, ACWO, DEJU, AMRO, BLPH, PUFI, GCSP, WCSP, OAT
.3 mi. so. of The Junction: TRSW, VGSW, EUST, BRBL, WEBL, Kestrel nesting in oak, TUVU, CORA
YL Ranch Road, 5 mi. south of Junction: WEME, WEBL, NOFL, ACWO
Missed: Lew. Woodpecker, all goldfinches, any unusual warblers or hummies, all vireos and flycatcher (save BLPH), Golden Eagle, BT Pigeon, Pr. Falcon, Tanager, Gnatcatcher.