The Birds of Campbell

There are lots of birds to see in Campbell.

The other day I was watching a flock of parrots fly by my home in Campbell and, I thought that it might be fun to list some of the birds one might see in Campbell.
Yea, I know that sounds a bit odd, but there really is a flock of green parrots in Campbell.  The flock has grow in the past 12 years to 5 – 7 birds.  Their range is roughly bordered as follows:
Hacienda (south)
Virginia (east)
San Tomas Aquino (west)
Connie or Linda (North)
 You can hear and see them at dusk as they do a fair amount of squawking at that time.
Now, I know you can see these birds all over the area (at most local parks), but they seem to have established a rookery in and around the perk ponds along Hacienda (off Winchester behind Effi’s).  It is important to be mind full in the spring as you drive in the area as the parents will lead their goslings across the street all the time.  You can even see “Geese Crossing” (no really, it makes a great and funny picture for posting on Facebook).
These are really big birds to see in a neighborhood that is not backed up against the hills.  I have seen them in the southern neighborhoods of Campbell.  I assume they are hunting cats and Chihuahuas).
You can often spy red tailed hawks on the light poles over looking the intersection of 17 and 85 as well.
Me?  I love these birds.  I always know I am going to have a good day when I see a snowy egret.  You can see them all the time along the Los Gatos Creek Trail as well as around the perk ponds near Hacienda & Winchester, the ponds at Budd and San Tomas Expressway and behind McGlincy (off Curtner).
During the day if you walk around the neighborhoods in the southern portion of Campbell you can almost always (during the summer) hear the “clack clack clack” of a woodpecker looking for bugs in the trees or on a power pole.  Harder to see the little beasts, but you can hear ‘em a ways off.
These are pretty birds.  You can attract them to your yard with an Oriole Feeder.  Yes, there is a special feeder for these birds.  It looks like a hummingbird feeder (I cannot tell the difference).
So these are my favorite birds in the area.  What sorts of birds are found in your neighborhoods?


Louis Stone-Collonge

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