03/24/19 – Kingfisher Surprise at Charleston Slough

Charleston Slough is a wetland area, where one can find variety of birds in different areas from song birds to shore birds. There’s 2 trails: one that goes to the Palo Alto side and another that goes to the Mountain View side. I love Charleston Slough birding trips with Allen Royer from Santa Clara Audubon Society. The most recent trip was on March 24th and there were many birding surprises those happened and made this trip more memorable. My favorite was the Kingfisher Surprise. We walked into the part of the trail crossing the weeds and headed towards the road that has a small canal opening. In past we usually saw Mallards, Black Phoebes, Anna’s Hummingbirds, White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows, I was expecting one of these species. But to my surprise I saw a Belted Kingfisher perched on the bare branch and pointed it out for everyone. So, that was my favorite part of the trip – The Kingfisher Surprise. Enjoy some pictures below!

Belted Kingfisher (Male)
Belted Kingfisher (Male)

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