Palo Alto Baylands and Shoreline at Mountain View Professional Review and Guide
"Palo Alto Baylands is one of the best-known birding sites in the Bay Area. Its 1,500 acres include an extensive salt marsh where Clapper and Black Rails are both regularly seen. (The California Black Rail is classified as statelisted threatened, and the California Clapper Rail is classified as federally and state-listed endangered.) In addition to salt marsh, there are some freshwater marsh, extensive mudflats, and open grassy areas. Shoreline at Mountain View has much of the same kinds of habitats. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Clapper Rail, Burrowing Owl, Western Meadowlark. Summer—Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Least Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Black Rail, Long-billed Curlew, Thayer’s Gull, Short-eared Owl, Tricolored Blackbird. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."