Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Coyote Hills Regional Park - June 23, '11

Walking Distance: 6.6 mi. (estim.)
Walking Time: 2 hrs., 52 min. (11:23 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Pkd: public parking lot, in front of Coyote Hills Vistor Center; Fremont, CA

Today's mid-day walk started at the Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, in Fremont.

Thank you to Sandy for joining me on today's walk. Fortunately we had a pleasant breeze, after a few days of fairly hot weather.

We started our walk from the Park's Visitor Center, and walked south and then west toward the "No Name Trail" (following solid red line trails on Bay Trail map). There was a large concentration of snowy egrets and other birds as we made our way between the hills and out toward the San Francisco Bay. The birds were in an area that looked like it might be rich in small fish or other food items.

It was wonderful to walk out, almost literally, into the Bay, across the No Name Trail to the Shoreline Trail. We walked a large loop trail - heading north and then back (east) inland again, and around and south, back to the Visitor Center. Parts of this trail were unpaved (packed gravel) and parts were paved (asphalt).

Wildlife Sightings:
4 ladybugs; 6 ground squirrels; 8 great egrets; 9 snowy egrets; 12 swallows; 11 terns; 197 sea gulls; 5 grasshoppers/crickets (small, beige); 2 cormorants; 17 white pelicans; 3 little brown jobs (LBJs); 1 great blue heron; 4 butterflies.

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