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February 1st, 2018 - Pahavit's Universe

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Date: 2-1-2018 12:03 AM
Subject: Bay Trail, Sunnyvale
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Tags:bay trail, bird, duck, egret, field trip, gull, kestrel, moon, pelican, plane, ruddy duck, slough, snowy egret, sunnyvale, turtle
Bay Trail, Sunnyvale


On Sunday D. and I decided to enjoy the beautiful sunny and mild faux-spring weather by taking a little walk on a section of the Bay Trail in Sunnyvale.  Here are some of the pics I took.


Looking up the trail.





A coot swims in a waterway next to the trail.





A flock of black-necked stilts swoops over the water.





A pied-billed grebe has excellent camouflage in this habitat.





A white pelican attends to its preening in the slough.









A kestrel surveys the landscape from atop a light pole.





A yellowlegs surveys the slough from atop a wooden pole, a relic from the salt pond days.





A look at the slough, flat as a pancake today.





A ruddy duck hen bobs up from feeding below the surface.





Cormorants bask and preen on old wood posts.





A juvenile gull settles into the slough to feed.





A rarely-seen Eurasian wigeon swims in the slough.





A snowy egret looks for things to eat along the edge of the slough.





A Gulfstream G650 business jet takes off from nearby Moffett Field.





A western pond turtle basks on abandoned salt pond equipment.





A waxing gibbous moon is a precursor to the super blue blood moon.




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