Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Alameda Creek Trail (North) - June 22, '11

Walking Distance: 7.4 miles (estimate)
Walking Time: 2 hrs., 58 min. (5:11 - 8:09 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Alameda Creek Trail parking lot, Union City, near border with Fremont, CA

I was determined to make it out to the end of the (North) portion of the Alameda Creek Trail -- to it's endpoint, where it meets the San Francisco Bay and back -- before dark. And, I did, just barely. I don't recommend stranding yourself in the dark in the baylands, unless there's a full moon and/or you bring a flashlight. There's always the danger of running into a --- no, not a mountain lion, or a rabid raccoon -- but rather a skunk, who might shoot first and ask questions later. Also, most parks want most visitors out by a certain hour -- generally 9 or 10 p.m. during the warmer months.

But, back to this particular walk. I was rewarded with a great, close-up view of waves lapping at the shoreline by a lone picnic table at the end of this unpaved, packed gravel, trail. And, that made the long walk worth it -- as did seeing a pair of pheasants and many other birds.

Wildlife Sightings:
3 white pelicans flying overhead; 1 great blue heron; 17 American Avocets; 2 crows; 15 red-winged blackbirds; 91 sea gulls; 18 swallows; 4 horses; 1 blue jay; 4 Canada geese; 3 butterflies; 65 little brown jobs (LBJs); 6 killdeer; 2 turkey vultures; 2 falcons/kestrels; 2 pheasants (pair); 7 snowy egrets + 2 great egrets; 11 ducks