Sunday D. and I felt like looking at some birds, so we spent a little bit of time at Byxbee Park in Palo Alto.
Byxbee Park sits atop a reclaimed landfill at the edge of the San Francisco Bay. It's a small section of the Palo Alto city dump that was decommissioned in the 1980s and landscaped into a park. It has several earthworks and land art pieces on it, including a series of mounds, a "pole field," a wind-wave sculpture, and other berms and concrete zigzags and chevrons on the hillsides.
We saw green winged teal, shovelers, canvasbacks, coots, Canada geese, a bufflehead, some grebes (at least one of which was probably a horned grebe), a cormorant, a falcon, whimbrels, a northern harrier and three western meadlowlarks. We were also thrilled to glimpse a pair of pheasants on our way out of the Palo Alto Baylands center next door. We'd stopped in there to see if they had info on the snails we saw roaming around in the mudflats at low tide. They didn't have any mollusc info, but we got to see the cool pheasants instead. I call that a fair trade-off. We also saw lots of ground squirrels and a jackrabbit.
It was a beautiful mild day to be out in the green hills, sloughs, marshes, wind and sky to enjoy the fresh air, mild sunshine, birds and wildlife.