Santa Clara County, June 2000

Wood-pewee, warbling vireo, common merganser (aka goosander), great-tailed grackle, black swift and black-throated grey warbler put the list at 158. Living as I was at the top of Page Mill Road, my San Mateo total also used to inch along and began to look a little respectable on 88, especially after a July 8 visit:

“I saw one Vaux’s swift this morning flying over Alpine Pond, where I dipped on the Virginia rail. It seems difficult to imagine where that could hang out. Incidentally how do you pronounce Vaux’s swift?”

Yeah, how do you?

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