Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Redwood Shores - Sept. 28, 2009

Walking Distance: 2.47 miles
Walking Time: ~ 90 minutes (3:45 - 5:15 p.m.)
Start & End Point: End of Spar Drive, Redwood Shores, Redwood City, CA

My friend Toni and I crossed (briefly) through San Carlos to get to Redwood Shores, but, my understanding is that this peninsula (formerly occupied by Marine World/Africa U.S.A. park) is part of Redwood City. We first walked down as close to the San Carlos airport as we could get, and then turned back around and walked out toward the Bay and the end of the Redwood Shores peninsula. Today was about 30 degrees (Farenheit) cooler than yesterday, and a cool wind whipped up on our walk back to the car, almost threatening to tip the scales from Blissful Stroll to Death March. (The Death March Index is a 1-10 scale I created to measure difficulty. Blissful Stroll = 1; and Horribly Un-fun Death March = 10.)

There were large numbers of birds around us, but they were too far away to identify. We enjoyed watching a few large flocks of (mystery) birds swooping around in the sky, changing shape and color as they turned in different directions.

Wildlife Sightings: Ah, the problem with not having binoculars. The following list is infested with question marks: 12 black-neck stilts?, 2 lizards, ~200 brownish birds (sandpipers?, godwits?, others? out a bit too far for me to see); 3 LBJs; 4 egrets + 1 large white egret?; 1 little yellow LBJ; 1 "skipper" butterfly/moth.

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