Chicken-Watching Journey – BionicOldGuy


Saturday two buddies from my native driving group and I carpooled as much as Sunnyvale. Our mother or father membership, Almaden Cycle Touring Membership, had a bird-watching journey that looped from Sunnyvale over to the shoreline path alongside San Francisco Bay, then previous a particular road in Mountain View subsequent to the Google campus the place egrets and herons nest. There have been surprisingly few birds within the bay in comparison with different occasions I’ve been on the shoreline path, however we had good luck seeing the nests and mama and half-grown child egrets. It was all in all a really good journey.

Twenty 5 miles in about two and a half hours
Surprisingly arduous work for a flat journey (Common coronary heart 124, max 159), on my non-assisted upright. There was a headwind for little bit of the journey.
Pelicans on this slough subsequent to San Francisco Bay
Blue Heron. Sorry it’s blurry
Now the trail is subsequent to south San Francisco Bay
The Area-age trying constructing to the left is essentially the most placing constructing of the Googleplex, with the remainder of the campus to the fitting. Some nerd humor: Google’s title is a play on phrases on the phrase “googol”. A “googol” is 10 to the hundredth energy. A”Googolplex” stands for ten to the facility of a googol, an unimaginably massive quantity. I don’t know what the dry space is within the foreground, presumably it’s a reclaimed former salt pond.
Wanting south from the identical spot in direction of Nasa Ames and Moffett subject. The massive rounded constructing to the fitting is airship hanger 1 whereas the 2 massive constructions to the left are airship hangers 2 and three. These hangers at Moffett Discipline date again to the Thirties. Lockheed P-3 Orion plane used to take off from Moffett routinely on lengthy sub-detection missions. The noise of their turbopr takeoff was fairly pronounced the place we lived in Mountain View and Sunnyvale.
The Googleplex up shut. We got here to see the Swallow’s nests below the balcony
A child peeking out of one of many nests
That is on a street adjoining to the Google campus. The town of Mountain View blocked it off to motor automobiles when it was found that Egrets and Herons are nesting within the bushes alongside this road.
These are the Eucalyptus bushes containing the nests. We noticed a mama Egret feeding her infants however I didn’t catch it on digital camera. Our journey chief additionally noticed a heron in its nest however I couldn’t spot it.
My spouse and I lived in these residences in Mountain View- 45 years in the past. The residences look about the identical, though they now have a fancier signal.



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