Birding Archive

Greater Sage-Grouse on their lek: unforgettable experience June 20, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Maureen Lahiff

On a Golden Gate Audubon Society trip in late March, an early adventure as part of Birdathon 2017, we had a long, full day of birding on Saturday and a wonderful morning on Sunday. We visited a number of areas around Susanville (Lassen County), and then caravanned to Honey Lake, Jack’s Valley, and Eagle Lake. We saw almost 90 species, including wintering geese, ducks, and other water birds;…

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California Thrasher: curved bill, complex song June 13, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Miya Lucas

In the spring and summer, the song of the California Thrasher always puts a smile on my face.  The rapid pulsing, throbbing beat within a continuous melody reminds me of a rhythmic rap song. Often lasting three to five minutes, it’s one of the more varied and complex bird songs and lacks a characteristic, repeated phrase that is easily identified with that bird.

The Cal Thrasher belongs to…

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Peregrine Falcons nesting atop Cal’s Campanile June 7, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

When Doug Bell heard that a pair of Peregrine Falcons was nesting on the Campanile, he couldn’t believe his luck. An avid falconer, Bell has been fascinated with Peregrines — the fastest animal in the world — since he was a kid growing up in Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from UC Berkeley, where he studied ornithology and systematic biology. But never before had he heard of Peregrines nesting

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Behind the scenes with our Osprey nest cam June 1, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Diane Rooney

Like many of us, you’ve probably seen – and perhaps become addicted to – the live streaming Osprey nest cam that Golden Gate Audubon Society launched at the end of March. You may have watched Osprey parents Rosie and Richmond work on the nest and incubate their eggs, and then cheered when their two chicks hatched in mid-May.

But how did this stunning, intimate video feed from the nest come…

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Hatching strategies – when and why? May 29, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Daryl Anne Goldman

It’s breeding season — an opportunity for birders to watch courtship rituals, nest building, eggs hatching, and parents caring for their chicks. It’s fascinating how much diversity there is among species in the number of eggs in a clutch, what the newly hatched chicks look like, and how dependent or mobile chicks are after hatching.

Did you ever wonder why the eggs of songbirds…

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New season of Oakland heron rescues April 19, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

We’re delighted to launch a second year of rescuing young herons in downtown Oakland, together with our partners at Oakland Zoo and International Bird Rescue!

The busy streets of downtown Oakland are home to about 130 nests of Black-crowned Night-Herons and Snowy Egrets, making Oakland the largest night-heron rookery in the Bay Area.

But city streets are a dangerous place for young herons. If they…

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A field guide to my first field guide April 18, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Allen Fish

Chandler Robbins died last month.  He would have been 100 years old this July 17th. Never as famous as Roger Tory Peterson or David Sibley, Chandler Robbins made some of the most important contributions to bird research and conservation in the 20th century.

He conducted some of the earliest research on DDT, contributing to Rachel Carson’s crusade; he pioneered the U.S. Breeding Bird Survey,

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