Birding Peru – rich culture, wonderful birds January 3, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, International Birding

By Pat Kirkpatrick

As a trip coordinator for Golden Gate Audubon Society, I and my co-volunteer Rubi Abrams have had the opportunity to research and offer GGAS members a selection of inspiring national and international birding trips every year. Since I’m an intermittent birder and a lifelong lover of travel, this volunteer job at GGAS has been a perfect match, and it has enabled me to go on some memorable…

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Best holiday gift – the Christmas Bird Count December 29, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Maureen Lahiff

December 17 was the Third Sunday of Advent. We lit the rose candle for joy at the 5 p.m. Saturday evening Mass. But I got my best present of the season a bit early: the 77th Oakland Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

I’d like to share both facts and personal reflections about why the CBC matters so much to me and to ecology and conservation. This piece is in the spirit of the father of interpretive naturalists…

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Big, sunny Christmas Bird Count in Oakland December 18, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Over 300 Golden Gate Audubon Society members and friends hit the streets, parks, shorelines, and golf courses of the East Bay on Sunday to defend the Oakland Christmas Bird Count’s size record…. and to spot a few birds too.

The sunny, mild weekend weather didn’t augur well for California’s water supply, but it made for a beautiful day of birding.

This was the 77th …

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Morcom Rose Garden: Birding Hotspot December 14, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots

By Blake Edgar

In a sunken amphitheater between two of Oakland’s busiest boulevards, a pair of resident Wild Turkeys has been the most conspicuous avian attraction in recent months at the Morcom Rose Garden, delighting visitors as the tom persistently pursues his intended with a fully fanned tail. Turkeys also dominate the bird observations on iNaturalist from this location.

Roughly a mile from Lake

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Four plovers of the Bay Area December 5, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Linda Carloni

One of the (many) great things about the City of Alameda is the birding. Our long sandy bay-side beach and mudflats offer a feast of winter shorebirds. Among my favorites are our four plovers.

Plovers are in the family Charadriidae – chunky small-to-medium-size shorebirds with short necks, large eyes, and relatively short bills. Unlike their sandpiper colleagues, they are visual feeders.…

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