I returned to the Bayland Nature Preserve in Palo Alto this morning to spend some time with the shorebirds. Clear skies and warming temps were a match from two days ago.
Though sunlight was behind them I couldn't resist photographing the avocets on the other side of the dike.
The canal on my right held a few Black-crowned Night Herons, but no other birds. At the end of the dike a small turnaround and a sewage pond all that was left to explore. The pond held a few Black-necked Stilts and dozens more Short-billed Dowitchers. I found no other shorebirds, but a pair of young Common Gallinules among them. They were all too far below the bank to digiscope, but I photographed a few of the Dowitchers as they flushed and flew by.
As I was leaving the pond I spotted a Black Phoebe foraging near the gate. I could only get document photos of the bird as the fence blocked a direct view of the bird.