Monday, October 19, 2009
Foster City; rest of Lagoon/Slough Purple Line - Oct. 18, 2009
Walking Distance: ~ 2.1 miles (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hour, 13 minutes (5:32 - 6:45 p.m.)
Start & End Point: Street parking (legal visitor spot) on Beach Park Boulevard, Foster City, CA
Today, I finished up the asphalt path (purple line on the map above) running parallel to Port Royal Ave. and Beach Park Boulevard. I dubbed this place big bird land. There were more large egrets and herons (and many other birds) in this lagoon/slough than almost any other place on my walk to date. I actually walked past the north end of the purple line, under the Hillsdale Ave. overpass (white line on map), and kept going a big longer, before turning around and heading back to where I parked the car.
4 cormorants; 3 crows; 89 ducks; 10 snowy egrets; 3 terns; 3 unidentified brownish shorebirds; 2 sea gulls; 16 great egrets; 2 great blue herons; 29 black-necked stilts; 36 coots; 1 brown pelican; 2 killdeer; 1 American avocet; 9 Canada geese; 1 mini-cormorant (under water most of the time, so difficult to study more closely); and 1 black-crowned night heron who appeared to have an egret pal (but, more likely, unwanted competition for a hunting/fishing spot).