Birding Archive

Brown-headed Cowbirds in the Bay Area January 31, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

Editor’s Note: When I was new to birding, I was puzzled by the hostility shown by many veteran birders to the Brown-headed Cowbird. Mere mention of a cowbird among sightings during the Christmas Bird Count compilation dinner would draw boos! This excerpt from San Francisco’s Natural History: From Sand Dunes to Streetcars, the new book by Harry Fuller, explains why. 

By Harry Fuller

One…

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San Francisco’s changing bird life, Part 2 January 24, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

This is the second of three excerpts from San Francisco’s Natural History: From Sand Dunes to Street Cars, a new book by longtime Golden Gate Audubon member and trip leader Harry Fuller.

By Harry Fuller

In his 1870 book on birds of California, J. G. Cooper said the California Thrasher was a common wintering bird in San Francisco. It is no longer seen within the city limits. The thrasher requires the sort…

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San Francisco’s changing bird life, Part 1 January 17, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

This is the first of three excerpts from San Francisco’s Natural History: From Sand Dunes to Street Cars, a new book by longtime Golden Gate Audubon member and trip leader Harry Fuller.

By Harry Fuller

Nothing more clearly shows the vast changes in the bird life of San Francisco than the near extirpation of the California Quail since 1980. People have severely affected bird populations, mainly by hunting…

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Applause for the Ridgway’s Rail January 10, 2018

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By Miya Lucas

Walking on the shoreline of the North or East Bay, you have a chance to encounter one of our year-round residents that is also an endangered species – the Ridgway’s Rail.

Formerly known as California Clapper Rails, Ridgway’s Rails are secretive birds and you’re likely to hear them before you see them. Their clapping sounds remind me of hands clapping, like an audience applauding after…

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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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