Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bayview Trail - June 26, 2011

Walking Distance: 
Walking Time: 47 min. (6:59 - 7:46 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Coyote Hills parking lot, Fremont, CA

The Bayview Trail in Coyote Hills Regional Park (solid red line trail on Bay Trail map) was a beautiful trail to walk near sunset. From the parking lot south of the Visitor Center (near large rock peak/outcropping), I walked south and then west, and then north.

There was also a sign pointing toward the Bayview Trail -- which is a paved asphalt trail that, in most spots, is wide enough for bicyclists and walkers. Although it's best for walkers to keep to one side and to pay attention; cyclists may be zipping by around corners on the trail.

Unfortunately this park closes at 8 p.m., so I couldn't stay until the sun actually set over the Bay. However, I lingered as long as possible, and left just in time to avoid receiving a citation (for not being out of the park in time). And it was worth it. I look forward to coming back and finishing this walk, hopefully during another summer evening like this one.

On the way in, I walked by the same area with a large concentration of snowy egrets as I'd seen recently on a walk out to Shoreline (via No Name trail). This time my view was from a different angle (higher up in the hills), and I enjoyed watching terns, swooping by in the same area (near a large outflow or inflow pipe, where fishing or dining conditions were probably attractive).

Wildlife Sightings:

4 swallows; 1 black beetle; 23 snowy egrets, 1 great egret; 25 sea gulls; 1 white pelican flying overhead; 1 ladybug; 8 terns; 2 ground squirrels; 4 ducks

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