Friday, October 9, 2009

Loop around Oracle - Oct. 8, 2009


Walking Distance: 2.85 miles
Walking Time: 52 minutes (6:00 - 6:52 p.m.)
Start & End Point: Parking near intersection of Bridge Parkway and Island Drive, Redwood Shores, CA

In this second walk segment today, I walked along the slough and around Oracle (Parkway). The sun was setting as I finished my walk around the Oracle glass-encased towers. There were several murders (what a great name for a group) of crows filling the sky around the Oracle complex and surrounding waterways. It looked very much like the flying monkeys scene from the movie "The Wizard of Oz."

Wildlife Sightings: 10 sea gulls; 2 cormorants; 50 crows; 8 snowy egrets and 2 great egrets; 167 Canada geese (on Oracle lawns - one hissed when I walked too close on the path); ~ 40 little unidentified brown shorebirds on mud/water's edge; 6 ducks flying overhead + 30 in the water; 1 coot; and 2 little fawn/mouse-colored, white-fronted geese with yellow legs and beaks.

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