Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Seal Point Park - Feb. 12, '12

Walking Distance: 4 miles (estimate)
Walking Time: 2 hrs., 42 min. (12:12 - 2:54 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Public parking lot, Seal Point Park, San Mateo, CA

Today's walk was mostly along a paved (asphalt) combined bicycle/pedestrian path by the Bay. I started this walk at Seal Point Park, where I headed south, passing the large, fenced in dog park (separate areas for big and little dogs) as I headed toward Foster City. I walked over a bridge, out to the end of a Bay Marsh Boardwalk; and around a large Tidal Marsh Restoration area.

When I reached the golf driving range and putting area (marked by tall, netted fencing), I heard a chorus of frogs, in a strip of grassy bog area, in between the trail and the tall fencing. However, I didn't see any frogs. Had I tried to peer into where they were, I'm sure they would have all gone quiet.

Further on, before I turned around and headed north back to Seal Point Park, I spoke to a few kite-surfers who were sitting out near the rocks (by the water), talking, and enjoying the company of three or four feral cats. The cats in this area have been the focus of Project Bay Cat -- an organization that has helped spay or neuter and manage/care for the population the cats who are wild or abandoned in this area. I was surprised to learn that some of these cats have managed to survive for many years. It can be a very tough life.

I also enjoyed taking a few pictures of three dogs out on a walk with their owners. Thank you JustPam.

Wildlife Sightings:
35 ducks; 53 pigeons; 14 little brown jobs (LBJs); 6 snowy egrets; 65 sea gulls; 1 Western/Clarks grebe; 4 unidentified brownish shorebirds (UBBs); 2 hawks; 1 hummingbird zooming by; 4 balls (1 soccer, 2 golf, 1 plastic); 1 ground squirrel; 4 feral/abandoned cats; 28 blackbirds; 1 bumblebee; 3 chairs

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