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Date: 4-9-2019 12:17 AM
Subject: NWR Mallard Slough Trail
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Tags:alviso, bird, california poppy, canada goose, field trip, great blue heron, great egret, ground squirrel, mushroom, native wildflower, plane, railroad, raven, salt marsh, salt pond, slough, train, train tracks, wildlife refuge
NWR Mallard Slough Trail


On Sunday D. and I visited the National Wildlife Refuge to spend some time on the Mallard Slough Trail.  Here are some of the pics I took.


The road in.





California poppy, and yarrow.







A view of the salt marsh.





A Canada goose makes itself at home on the trail.





A freshwater slough on one side of the trail.





A salt pond on the other side of the trail.





A raven investigates the edge of the salt pond.





A great egret in a salt pond.





Goldfields are in bloom





A freight train barrels through the salt marsh.





An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 takes off for Guadalajara from nearby San José International.





A huge stand of goldfields makes an explosion of bright color next to the trail.





A great egret and a great blue heron look for things to eat in a salt pond.





The Union Pacific train tracks run alongside the refuge.





A ground squirrel checks out the scene next to the tracks.





Another great egret perches on a discarded concrete slab in a salt pond.





Another Canada goose hangs around next to the trail.





Here's a goose sitting on her nest, inconveniently located immediately next to the trail.





Mushrooms sprout from decaying tree roots in the refuge's native plant garden.




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