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Duck Pond - Where Have All The Water Fowl, Seagulls, And Other Migrating Birds Gone?

Original post made by Visitor, another community, on Jan 6, 2020

We were visiting family over the holidays and decided to visit the duck pond at the Baylands.
We have traditionally visited this place for nearly 6 decades, and were shocked to see no ducks, or other birds in or around the pond.
Typically at this time of year, we are accustomed to seeing many migrating species enjoying the warmer winter weather in the Bay Area.
Does anyone know what has happened?
My adult children also noticed seeing fewer (to no) scrub jays, and quail near their home in the Palo Alto Hills.
Has anyone else noticed a decrease in our local bird population?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2020 at 7:34 pm

I had been commenting on the exact same thing over the past year with friends who also visit regularly and we had all noticed the same thing on more than one occasion.

I was there about a week ago on a fine, sunny afternoon. There were some mallards in the duck pond, the first I had seen there for quite a while, but there were many, many mallards in the water behind the duck pond. My impression was that at low tide anyway, there were still plenty of waders walking around in the mud as well as some birds swimming on the incoming tidal water.

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