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Feathered Friends at the Wildlife Refuge

Feathered Friends at the Wildlife Refuge, 12-28-08

A couple of weekends ago, D. and I went to the wildlife refuge in Fremont to learn about the birds commonly found there. We took some pics.

Here's my pics:

Newark Slough in the foreground, San Francisco Bay in the background, salt ponds full of ducks in between.

The pumphouse.  The pumps are gone now, but they used to help move bay water in and out of the various salt evaporation ponds that were here before this area was a wildlife refuge.

Looking back down the slough from the Tidelands Trail, with the pumphouse and old hunting cabin in the distance.

A snowy egret pokes around in the mudflats as the tide ebbs along the Harrier Spur Trail at sunset.

A cryptic post sits sentinel at the edge of the parking lot.

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Here's D.'s pics:

From the observation deck outside the visitor's center, looking north over San Francisco Bay to San Bruno Mountain.

Looking down upon the old pump house.

Looking west to the Dumbarton Bridge.

The zeppelin Airship Ventures cruises past us on its way back to Moffet Field in Mountain View.

A lesser yellowlegs patrols the shore of the slough.

One of the gates used for controlling the flow of salty bay water in and out of what used to be salt evaporation ponds.  They are now being slowly converted back to the original habitat.

A pair of Canada geese honks going overhead.

This nature walk is brought to you by the number 6. 

An eared grebe floats on one of the salt ponds at the refuge.

A peek inside an old, disused hunting cabin on the slough.

An emergency vehicle drives along the Tidelands Trail, lights flashing.

A snowy egret comes in for a landing in Newark Slough.

Plumbago flowers.

An outcropping of serpentine, the official California State Rock

Another snowy egret poking around in the slough.

Naturalist Mansur takes a break from leading the walk to take a picture of his own.

A red-tailed hawk perches in a tree on the edge of La Riviere marsh.  Its mate circles nearby.

Looking east from the refuge across town toward the huge Niles sign on the hill at the mouth of Niles Canyon.

Tags: canada goose, dumbarton bridge, field trip, fremont, la riviere marsh, newark slough, pumphouse, red-tailed hawk, serpentine, snowy egret, wildlife refuge, zeppelin

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