On Sunday D. and I visited the Emily Renzel Wetlands in the Baylands Preserve to enjoy a quiet winter's day in the marsh. Here are some of the pics I took.
A look at Hawk Pond, at the trailhead.
A northern harrier perches on a bench next to another pond.
A great egret perches on a dead tumbleweed in the pond.
A look at Egret Pond, on the other side of the trail.
An Anna's hummingbird rests on a cattail at the edge of Egret Pond.
The marsh is part of a flood control basin for the city of Palo Alto.
Lots of pickleweed, dock, saltbush and salt grass.
A Cessna Cardinal flies overhead toward nearby Palo Alto airport.
Canada geese fly over the marsh.
A vernal pool in the marsh.
California aster floof.
Buds of a blue gum eucalyptus near Matadero Creek.
Several crows gang up on a northern harrier in a tree near the creek.
A crow with a rock in its beak engages in aerial combat with the harrier.
Another look at a large variety of waterfowl in Egret Pond.