Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ravenswood SF2 - Dec. 28, '11

Walking Distance: 1.4 mi.
Walking Time: 1 hr., 00 min. (4:24 - 5:24 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Parking area, west end of Dumbarton Bridge; Menlo Park, CA

I found a place to park -- among the remaining traces and trappings of construction -- at the foot of the Dumbarton Bridge (Menlo Park end). I walked south, past the Cargill keep out signs on one side, along a fairly new, packed dirt, short spur trail (shown as a red line on the Bay Trail map).

I enjoyed scenic views of the Bay to the East, and the Dumbarton Bridge arching up and over, toward the East Bay. And a bit further south was the old Dumbarton bridge, still mostly intact.

Interpretive signs along this trail are yet to be completely installed. But, there were enough signs to get the drift of the work that had been done in the way of habitat restoration in this area, part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

This Ravenswood "SF2" section of trail turned slightly right/west until it came to an end at a closed gate/fence. I then walked back the way I'd come.

From this trail one can spot several man made islands that now serve as nesting grounds for wild birds.

It was a great evening for sunset watching. This area was far enough out into the baylands, so that there were no buildings to block the view.
Golden light that made everything beautiful -- even some weeds highlighted against a board wall. Beautiful light is undeniable.

Wildlife Sightings:
1 great blue heron; 8 little brown jobs (LBJs); 2 snowy egrets, 1 great egret; 71 unidentified brownish shorebirds (UBBs) + 20 little sandpipers + 16 willets; 63 ducks; 9 sea gulls; 44 American Avocets; 1 kite (bird) hovering in distance; 2 cormorants; 1 Western/Clarks grebe

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