Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hayward Interpretive Center - June 19, '11

Walking Distance: 3.9 miles
Walking Time: 2 hrs., 08 min. (2:58 - 5:06 p.m.)
Start and End Point: One-way: Alec dropped me off at end of W. Winton/Hayward Regional Shoreline (park), and picked me up at the Hayward Interpretive Center (4901 Breakwater Av., Hayward, CA)

Three or four miles is not generally a long walk in the baylands, on a nicely developed (solid red line) trail on the Bay Trail map, but it was fairly hot today; and my pace tends to slow when it gets too hot. This was a nice area, with sweeping views and a fair amount of bird activity; however, there is no real shade -- it's all out in the open. (So, while you're likely to get a breeze, being close to the water, I'd recommend doing this walk a bit earlier or later in the day if hot, direct sun bothers you.)

Thank you to Alec for driving today and picking me up at the Hayward Interpretive Center. In part due to the heat today, I arrived late to the Interpretive Center, but was able to peek inside for a few minutes before it closed. I look forward to coming back later and seeing more. (Note: I did return later, but they were closed. It's best to call ahead to double check hours.)

Wildlife Sightings:
10 black-necked stilts; 44 swallow-like birds + 34 swallows; 1 crow; 5 balls; 21 butterflies/moths; 1 great egret, 1 snowy egret; 30 terns; 16 little brown jobs (LBJs); 9 ground squirrels; 1 bumblebee; 15 sea gulls; 1 black-crowned night heron; 1 large/long cloud of ankle ht. gnats/UFBs + 1 small cloud eye-level gnats/UFBs; 2 red-winged blackbirds; 13 ducks; 12 American Avocets; 2 UBBs; 1 cormorant

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