Sunday, October 18, 2009
Belmont Slough, Foster City Blvd. - Oct. 16, 2009
Walking Distance: 1.55 miles
Walking Time: 50 minutes (1:42 - 2:32 p.m.)
Start & End Point: Parked Southwest of Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA
I stopped to buy some mango juice at an Asian market off Foster City Boulevard before walking this afternoon. After a few days of cooler weather, it felt hot. The Death March Index was still relatively low (only a 5 or 6 out of 10). My whining here is vaguely relevant because the more uncomfortable I am, the less I'm likely to notice around me. (Better sun than snow or sleet, any day.)
And so, I went right on identifying, and mis-identifying, the wildlife listed below. I can't yet distinguish between the dozen or more similar-looking, brownish shorebirds including curlews, godwits, plovers, sandpipers, yellowlegs, and others. So, my apologies to all these birds. Ditto on smaller, brownish songbird-sized birds, aka little brown jobs, who tend to dart around too quickly.
6 snowy egrets; 1 great blue heron; 10 unidentified brownish shorebirds; 7 little brown jobs (LBJs); 1 crow; 8 pigeons; and 14 snails.