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WestAreaPond.jpgPond in the fall West Pond is a stormwater detention basin located east of Lake Blvd. and north of Arlington Blvd. The City of Davis manages the pond to support an array of wildlife. It is a wonderful place to watch egrets, Canada Geese and others. The bike path on the eastern edge is nice, with several decks for viewing the ponds. There are a number of benches along the path, allowing passers-by to sit back and enjoy the view. A section of the path has some large bumps.

A companion to the Northstar Ponds are the delightful West Ponds, located in west Davis. The best way to get there is to go south on Denali Drive from Covell Boulevard, and turn west on Isle Royale Lane, to where there is a small grassy park. From here, there is a path extending along the entire eastern side of the ponds. The west and north sides are not accessible. Egrets and various species of ducks are usually here. Upon occasion, in winter, hooded mergansers have been seen. One of the ponds' greatest claims to fame among birders is that an eastern phoebe was found here in the winter of 1993, for a first record for the county. The Yolo Audubon Society is a co-sponsor of these ponds.

For more information or to join the Friends of West Pond, contact <grtrapp AT comcast DOT net>.

Or check out the complete Friends of West Pond's list of Birds you are more or less likely to see by clicking here.

Pictures

WestPondBench.jpgThis charming bench was hidden between an evergreen tree and the West Pond fence in Jan. 08; Not sure if it's still there.

WestPondflower.jpgThere is a garden along the path around the West Pond which features flowers such as this one, which bloomed Nov. 07 Path.jpgA beautiful tree in full bloom leans out over the West Pond path on a sunny winter afternoon, February 15, 2010. PoopSign.jpgWest Pond's wonderful poop sign westpondwinter.jpgA full pond, February 15, 2010 westpondsummer.jpgDried up in the summer Hooded Mergansers.jpgHooded Mergansers on West Pond in January, photo by J. E. Ryan hummer.jpgAnnas hummingbird (male) at the Kniphofia flowers. Ryan/Trapp photo westpondpurpose.jpg westpondlifesign.jpgWildlife in West Pond CanadianGeese.JPGThe West Pond is a favorite of Canadian geese, who also favor the Northstar Park pond. Here is a mother goose leading her goslings across the grass in the West Pond in May 08. WestPondGeese.JPGGeese on the water OldSign.jpgThe old sign West_Pond_Fall_Reflect_1_new.jpg West_Pond_Early_Fall.jpg West Pond Fall Reflections 2.jpg Foating on Davis Pond.jpg Pondaru.jpg Pondaru2.jpg reflect.jpg reflect2.jpgSunset December 2012 woodduck.jpgWoodduck phoeboe.jpgBlack Phoebe duks.jpgNorthern Shoveler (Spoonbill) and American Widgeon turtle.jpgTurtles gossling.jpgGosslings May 2014 woody.jpgWoodducklings 2014

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2011-11-27 00:10:59   There were three pair of Hooded Mergansers there tonight at sunset, in addition to a lovely peaceful evening. —Otter


2013-01-14 20:32:33   The name of the Pond itself per the city map book is "West Area Drainage Pond" traditionally shortened to "West Pond." The pond near 113 and Covell is called "Evergreen Pond." West of Lake Blvd. is Stonegate Lake (private) and the Stonegate Retention Basin.

The greenbelt name is reflected in the landscape plans as "Aspen Stonegate East Pond Edge Greenbelt" and is shortened to Aspen Pond Greenbelt. "West Pond" is well-described on daviswiki. Can someone please add the Aspen Pond Greenbelt to the list of greenbelts in West Davis? Thanks! JE Ryan for the Friends of West Pond —JER

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