Field Trip: American Canyon Wetlands

Date: Friday October 29, 2010

Time: 8:00 AM

Trip report added on 11/4/2010. (NSAS Event)


Leader: Murray Berner

Trip Report by Cheryl Harris
What a fantastic morning! We met at 8am in the pouring rain but noted sunlight on the horizon. So we "gathered our forces" and proceeded as planned. Cloudy, gray, cool but no rain there. Observed 65 species including Sora, Virginia rail, Lincolns sparrow, Green heron, Loggerhead shrike & many other surprises!

The new trail is wonderful, winding between ponds & ending with great vistas of the Napa River. The rain created fresh, delightful fragrances & very interesting patterns on the Eucalyptus trunks that line the road.

eBird List:
Number of species: 65

Canada Goose X
Gadwall X
Mallard 30
Cinnamon Teal 20
Northern Shoveler X
Northern Pintail X
Green-winged Teal (American) X
Canvasback 11
Ruddy Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Western/Clark's Grebe
Great Blue Heron X
Great Egret X
Snowy Egret X
Black-crowned Night-Heron 6
Turkey Vulture 2
White-tailed Kite 4
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2
American Kestrel 2
Merlin 1
Virginia Rail 4
Sora 8
Common Moorhen 6
American Coot X
Black-bellied Plover X
Black-necked Stilt X
American Avocet X
Greater Yellowlegs X
Willet X
Marbled Godwit X
Western Sandpiper X
Least Sandpiper X
Dunlin X
peep sp. X
Long-billed Dowitcher X
Ring-billed Gull X
Western Gull X
California Gull X
Herring Gull (American) 2
Glaucous-winged Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 60
Mourning Dove 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 5
Black Phoebe X
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) X
American Crow X
Common Raven 2
Bushtit X
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren (Coastal Pacific) X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling X
American Pipit 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 1
Song Sparrow X
Lincoln's Sparrow X
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1

This list was generated automatically by eBird

Pre-trip Description: On this cloudy Friday we'll look at shorebirds, gulls and sparrows out the river trail beginning at the parking lot at the corner of Eucalyptus Dr. and Wetlands Edge Dr. in American Canyon. It's a stroll on a paved trail to the Napa R.

The Napa carpool leaves at 8:00 am from behind Sweeneys Sport Store in the Riverpark Shopping Center, located south off Imola Ave. between Coombs and Jefferson (link to a map below). Folks from Vallejo can meet us at the parking lot described above.

Rain will cancel.

Read more about these trips on the Friday Bird Walks page.

Lunch break on Friday Bird Walk © 2010 Dave McMullen NSAS Viewing Station at SF Bay Flyway Festival © 2008 Dave McMullen Friday Bird Walk at Long Canyon © 2010 Dave McMullen * Murray at Coast.jpg Δ

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