Zenfolio | Photography by Dan Quinn | 12/2/2016 Loop from Escobar Gate via Trails 3 and 2
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Modified 5-Jan-17
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A loop hike: Escobar Gate, Road F, Birding Transect Trail (nice serpentine!) -- along the ridge; Trail 3 down toward the riparian area; across San Francisquito Creek; follow Trail 2 back up to Escobar Gate.

There were robins on the ridge -- but nowhere nearly as many as last year. The kestrel was at the same post as on the Christmas Bird Count 12/19. A red-tailed hawk called from an oak tree. Fungus abounds. And of course, I passed my favorite oak trees.

Gateway Valley OaksLone Blue Oak"Phainopepla Tree"Robin and BluebirdWestern Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) (?) on RidgeAmerican Kestrel (Falco sparverius) on Radio AntennaAmerican Kestrel (Falco sparverius) on Radio Antenna (Detail)Oaks with Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) CallingRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Taking OffRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in FlightLone Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)American Robin (Turdus migratorius) in Valley OakValley Oak (Quercus lobata) with Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)Lone Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) & Windy HillOaks and MistletoeBare OakOak