Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Redwood Shores -> Belmont - Oct. 10, 2009

Walking Distance: 2.31 miles
Walking Time: 1 hour, 12 minutes (2:00 - 3:12 p.m.)
Start & End Point: Island Park, across the street from Oracle headquarters, near Highway 101 and the border of Redwood Shores and Belmont, CA

My intention was to park at Island Park, and cross the slough to walk the loop (above Oracle loop) shown (with a red line) on the map. However, I ended up meandering around quite a bit. (It's always a good idea to take map with you.) And, like most wanderings, there are occasional nice rewards for doing so. I overlapped with some of the loop shown, but I'll need to go back and cover the rest.

Wildlife Sightings: 1 rabbit; 2 great blue herons; 7 killdeer flying overhead; 1 sea gull; 1 black-necked stilt; 2 ground squirrels on lawns and 1 "regular?" squirrel (is there a difference between tree and ground squirrels?); 3 crows; 2 ducks; 1 hawk; 5 doves; 2 coots; 2 skippers; 3 little brown jobs (LBJs); 1 tiny little brownish shorebird skittering around cement edge of man-made pond/lagoon; 4 snowy egrets; and 4 unidentified brownish shore birds in mud, near egrets.

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