While we were sheltering in place earlier this year, birds that raise their young in Alameda were doing just that, laying eggs and raising chicks. How did some of “our birds” do this year? Let’s start at the west end of the Island, Alameda Point.
Western bluebirds are favorites of many, with the male’s brilliant royal-blue colors and rusty breast. The species has long been seen on Alameda Point perching near the soccer fields and using the nest boxes installed for them near Crab Cove.
It’s easy to miss the cryptic-colored snowy plovers on Crown Beach, even if you’re intent on finding them. They’re small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, and their pale tan backs and snowy white bellies blend in perfectly with the sand.
As of Dec. 29, the number of harbor seals on the float at Alameda Point exceeded 70 on nine days, hitting a new record for December. On Dec. 23, the number of seals on the float reached 80, a new record for a single day. Seals were packed so tightly that some were barely hanging onto the edges.
Volunteers are needed to help prepare the Alameda Wildlife Reserve at Alameda Point for the return of the endangered least terns in April. The first “cleanup party” of the year takes place Sunday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Ocean Cleanup (OC) announced that it finished the six-month task of assembling “System 001” at Alameda Point last Friday, Aug. 31. Tomorrow, Sept. 7, the company will transfer the system from Seaplane Lagoon to the offshore supply ship Maersk Launcher.