Birding Archive

The Journeys of Debi Shearwater October 17, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Nature Education, seabirds, Sightings

An interview with Debi Shearwater, founder of Shearwater Journeys and recipient of the Ludlow Griscom Award at the 2018 Monterey Birding Festival

By Taylor Crisologo

Debi Shearwater received the Ludlow Griscom Award at the 2018 Monterey Birding Festival held in Monterey, California. The award is given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made significant contributions to our…

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Monterey Pine Egret Colony in Alameda – A Photo Blog September 26, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

 

Text and photos by Gerry Traucht

“Once almost hunted into extinction for the value of their feathers – an ounce of feathers surpassed the value of an ounce of gold – these birds were saved by the landmark Migratory Bird Treaty Act passed in 1918. In celebration of the MBTA centenary, 2018 has been named the Year of the Bird.”

 

 

 

A Great Egret, a majestic white bird with

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Getting to Know the Anna’s Hummingbird September 4, 2018

Posted by GGAS in bird feeders, Birding, Nature Education, San Francisco Wildlife

By Taylor Crisologo

I’ve always been captivated by the bright allure of hummingbirds. Their beautiful, iridescent
feathers and busy demeanors have made them some of my favorite birds to watch. I was even
more impressed by hummingbirds when I learned that all hummingbird species are only found in
North and South America. This discovery made me feel that much luckier to know this bird, as
they are a treasure…

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The American Kestrel’s Mysterious Decline August 21, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Nature Education, San Francisco Wildlife

By Taylor Crisologo

Crickets chirped, hidden somewhere in the brown ocean of grass beside the trail. The sun cast a golden glow on the hills, dotted with oak trees. In the distance, a lone American Crow called. It was an hour before sunset, and we were making our way along the trail in search of American Kestrels.

“There’s one!” Dan exclaimed, pointing to a small, dove-sized bird hovering above the trail…

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Birders thrilled watching wayward bird at Lands End August 14, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, San Francisco Wildlife, Sightings

by Janice Bressler

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Richmond ReView/Sunset Beacon August 7, 2018

Bird watchers from all over California have been flocking to the Outer Richmond District this summer, hoping to spot a Parakeet Auklet – a little seabird that spends this time of year breeding on the rocky shorelines and islands around Alaska. Why are birders…

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Flight of the Condors August 8, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Nature Education

By Taylor Crisologo

The air was cool and crisp. It was just before sunrise, so you could begin to see swatches of color painting the sky. On the horizon, the twisting curves of the mountains were beginning to be illuminated. We were the only ones awake at this hour in the small motel. Our bags packed, we walked outside into the dawn.

I’ve been a birder since my first months in college. There, I discovered a community…

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An Owl by Any Other Name July 16, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Sightings

By Joe Galkowski

The ghost owl, death owl, white owl, monkey-faced owl, church owl, and my favorite: the hobgoblin owl, these are just a small selection of the common names used for barn owls. The Latin name for the species is Tyto Alba which simply means white owl. Seems like an appropriate moniker, so why so many other names for the world’s most common owl? Most likely their nocturnal nature, eerie calls,…

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