Monday, November 2, 2009

Burlingame, Part 1 - Nov. 2, 2009

Walking Distance: 3.15 miles
Walking Time: 3 hrs., 43 min. (1:46 - 5:29 p.m.) less 1.5 hrs. for breaks.
Start & End Point: Fisherman's Park parking lot,
Burlingame (near San Mateo border), CA

It was a beatiful day today: sunny, warm, and the Bay surface was
like glass.

I passed The Sherman (apparently an old, permanently docked Oakland Ferry boat) first. It took me a longtime to cover a little more than 3 miles, because I made two long stops: 1.) I paused to talk with a birder, NW of the Embassy Suites hotel, and that was quite a long, interesting conversation; and, 2.) I stopped to eat an early dinner at Max's Restaurant in Burlingame. The latter stop was also my turning around point. I took so many pictures of the moon rising on the way back that I worried the parking lot would be closed before I could pick up my car; but all was well. Run, run, picture, picture, run, run, picture, picture. I started to feel like a darting shorebird.

Wildlife Sightings:
3 cormorants; 8 Western grebes; 8 little tiny brown jobs (LBJs); 5 brown pelicans; 29 sea gulls; 2 butterflies; 2 feral cats (see image at right for cat next to the spay neuter Peninsula Humane Society building); 2 crows; 9 Canada geese flying overhead; 15 ducks (darker in color than normal mallards, saw on and under water); 105 UBBs in shallow water or water's edge; 3 black-necked stilts (flying past, close to water); 2 snowy egrets; 3 willets; 1 plover; and 1 couch.

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