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Date: 12-5-2013 12:24 AM
Subject: Byxbee Park
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Tags:bird, byxbee park, duck, fence, field trip, floof, great egret, ground squirrel, gull, hawk, northern harrier, palo alto, plane, pole field, slough, squirrel
Byxbee Park

On Sunday D. and I took a little walk around Byxbee Park in Palo Alto.  There was some construction going on due to the underlying landfill having settled over time.  We were perturbed to see many of the environmental art elements had been obliterated in the process

But we also saw lots of birds in Mayfield Slough, including canvasback ducks, ruddy ducks, northern shovelers, a great egret, some avocets and black-necked stilts, an immature western gull, and three northern harriers flying over the salt marsh and the slough and setting the flocks of ducks to flight.  We also saw several ground squirrels, some wild radish seed pods, many small planes and a training helicopter landing at nearby Palo Alto Airport.  And we were very glad to see that the iconic Pole Field (telephone poles of varying heights with their tops in a uniform plane, reminiscent of ruined pier pilings in adjacent San Francisco Bay and representing "the contrast between man's control and nature's self-regulation") was still standing.

Here are some of the pics I took.


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