Birding Archive

Wild Osprey Boat Cruise May 31, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Sightings

By Melani King

Osprey boat tour? That was the email subject line from my friend Ann inquiring whether I’d be interested in this boat trip. Of course I would! What better way to check out many of the Osprey pairs from a bay vantage?

Disclaimer: I am one of the many Richmond and Rosie, sfbayospreys.org-obsessed viewers. And so is my retired husband. Before I leave for work, the webcam site is left up onscreen, …

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Jay Yard Bird Stories May 1, 2018

Posted by GGAS in bird feeders, Birding

by Jim Chiropolos

I have often wondered which of these species is more assertive and my yard is proving to be a great location to watch the two species interact. Next to the house is a gully frequented by Steller’s Jays. The other side is more open with houses and favored by Scrub Jays, so the yard is a border used by both species. 

When I hung a suet feeder, I was fascinated by the interaction. Both species used the…

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Treasure hunting March 23, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Eric James Schroeder

As I drove into the Maxwell Cemetery, I was doubtful. As birding habitat goes, this small country cemetery in the middle of California’s Central Valley, didn’t look very promising. Grass, a few scattered shrubs and trees, and many weathered upright grave markers. I parked my car on a narrow gravel road in the center of the small cemetery and got out. Perched on a tall headstone about…

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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

Posted by GGAS in Birding

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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