This article was contributed by Valerie Egland, a R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation Emeritus board member and candidate for San Benito County Supervisor District 2.
Black Friday Birding was again offered by R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation. Last year we observed the bird population in cool drizzling weather at the San Benito County Historical Park with Mark Paxton. It was decidedly successful according to avid Birders attending. With Mark now in Washington State, Anita Kane asked Debi Shearwater if she would be interested in leading a small group in the recently opened Regional Park behind the San Benito High School campus. (See map of area)
Debi Shearwater was recently featured here in BenitoLink for her successful business, Shearwater Journeys. We feel quite honored to have found Debi willing to take us on. With that assurance we advertised the event, sighting 9 a.m. on Black Friday.
Those attending were not disappointed as the clouds drifted by, opening up to the blue, blue sky, sunshine warming the field. Just a delightful morning to wander along the trails, stopping as Debi or one of the group would spot a bird for identification. We saw Cassin’s Kingbird, American Kestrel, and a flyover Prairie Falcon among others we’d all most likely recognize, but not quite know anything about! We all learned a lot about San Benito County bird populations, scarcity, rarity, nesting, niches, food sourcing and more than I can recount.
Debi told us that the Historical Park is packed with a great bird population and that she would be interested in leading a Mother’s Day Bird Walk in the park. So as the days roll by and May seems near, watch for an announcement on the R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation Facebook page. The R.E.A.C.H. web page lists some of the parks and open spaces in San Benito County.