Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture photograph taken on the Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose) August 2021.

Turkey Vultures are fairly large birds with long, broad wings. Their colors are dark brown with a featherless red head and pale bill. They are graceful but unsteady soarers and fly low to the ground and have a great sense of smell. Turkey Vultures are scavengers and can be seen at roadsides, farm fields, countryside, and landfills. They help clean the environment by eating flesh off dead animals before they decay. Researchers have noted that turkey vultures can travel 200 miles a day. Their life span is up to 24 years old and they live in Southern, Canada, North America, and South America.

Summer Design


Alviso Slough Trail taken at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso July 2021

Today’s weather

 

 

Tides and currents

 

 

Nature’s paintbrush

 

 

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow on the Mallard Slough Trail at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose)

The Song Sparrow is a very common sparrow in North America and are seen in people’s backyards. Their colors are often russet-and-gray with bold streaks down its white chest but in California they have a more darker tone. The Song Sparrow’s length is from 5.8 to 7.5 inches. You can see the bird living in fields or near water. They eat mostly insects or seeds and forage on the ground. One of the oldest known Song Sparrow was 11 years old.

Guadalupe River Mural

 

Pow Wow San Jose and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy have partnered together to create several murals along the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose from 2020 to 2021.

Kristina Micotti is the artist that recently painted the murals at the Guadalupe River Trail at Santa Clara Street near the SAP Center in San Jose. She was commissioned to paint these murals through Pow Wow San Jose and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. The murals are located on both sides of the Santa Clara Street underpass and along the Guadalupe River Trail.

Art can be method to give people hope and can inspire people for a brighter future for all.

 

https://www.instagram.com/kristinamicotti/

https://www.powwowsanjose.com/pwsj-2021

https://www.grpg.org/

Amtrak #532

amtrak

 

 

Capitol Corridor: Northbound from San Jose-Oakland-Emeryville/SF-Sacramento-Auburn

 

 

From the horizon

 

 

amtrak # 532

 

 

passes by

 

Earthy Glow

 

Salt pond at Alviso Slough Trail at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso

 

Unusual winter

 

creates

 

surprise of nature

American Avocet & Black-necked Stilt

The American Avocet bird is a relatively large shorebird with an upturned bill, long neck, and round head. It feeds by wading through shallow waterswhile looking for crustaceans, insects, and fish.  Breeding Avocet’s are brown, black, and white while the non-breeding Avocet’s are white and black.  It is found in wetlands, salt ponds, and evaporation ponds. During winter also uses inter-tidal mudflats, and flooded pastures. It’s habitat is from Washington and British Columbia, east to Minnesota, and south to California and Texas. 

 

The Black-necked Stilt has colourful rose-pink legs, a thin black bill, and black-and-white feathers. They are often seen moving through wetlands in search of food while making high pitched yapping sounds. You can often view Stilts on salt-marshes, flooded fields, or salt pans. Black-necked Stilt’s are found in wetlands from North America and the Caribbean south to central Argentina.

Babe the Muffler Man

 

Babe’s Muffler Service in San Jose has been in business since 1953. In order to attract more business, “The Muffler Man” was created in the 1960’s. There are more than 220 muffler statues throughout the United States. The City of San Jose designated Babe as a historic Landmark. The statue of Babe The Muffler Man is located at 808 The Alameda in San Jose near the San Jose Sharks hockey arena.