Arastradero, 2001

On April the 28th: “A quick (three hours!) turn round the north of one my favourite preserves finally located the male Lawrence’s goldfinch. It was near the junction of the Meadowlark and Corte Madera trials. I had never hiked the section north of Arastradero Road but at this time of the year it produces all five species of swallow and Vaux’s and white-throated swifts. Plus western bluebirds and distant views of a pair of golden eagles over the Stanford dish.

“There are still plenty of calling birds that I cannot recognise. I am happy though with western tanager the day after at Stevens Creek for my 193rd Santa Clara species. It’s kind of distinctive?”

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