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Albany Shoreline Bird Walk

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Migration is in full swing along the Pacific Coast Flyway, so come to the Albany shoreline to see who’s showing up or passing through.  Novices, advanced birders, and everyone in between are welcome as we visit the Albany mudflats, McLaughlin Shoreline State Park, and the Albany Bulb.  For a sense of how this walk goes, see this pre-CoVID blog.

We’ll meet nearly 2 hours after high tide for excellent views of an abundance of shorebirds, ducks and other denizens of the newly exposed mudflats.  Then, an easy, mostly flat 1-mile loop on gravel/dirt paths around the McLaughlin Shoreline Park uplands area to pick up land birds (possible Western Meadowlark & Say’s Phoebe) as well as views of the open water for diving ducks, pelicans, grebes, and more (Peregrine Falcon and Osprey have both been seen here recently).  Continuing on out to the Albany Bulb (optional), we’ll pick up more species including possible Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, White-tailed Kites and various woodland species, along with spectacular views of the Bay including SF, Mt. Tam, the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Easy to leave anytime if you need to leave early. There is a handicap-accessible pit-latrine bathroom.  Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have them, but I’ll have a few extra pairs of binoculars if you don’t have any.  Dress warmly, it’s often windy here.

Check out previous August sightings here on eBird:
Albany mudflats
Uplands (McLaughlin Shoreline State Park) 
Albany Bulb

Leader: Fred Werner, sustainablefred@gmail.com,  (510) 610-1256

This trip is free but advance registration is required. Registration will open two weeks before the trip and close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.  Directions for registered participants are below.

Please note the public health guidelines for this trip, as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Walk is limited to 25 participants plus the leaders. There will not be a waiting list.

  • Participants must register online and acknowledge acceptance of our liability waiver. Each person must register separately. No “drop ins,” please.

Thank you for your flexibility in helping us ensure that everyone remains healthy! Because we have to limit the size of trips, please do not sign up unless you are committed to attending.


From I-80, go west on Buchanan towards Golden Gate Fields.   Park as soon as you can on the right. Just past the “Albany Waterfront Trail” sign, look for us at the first observation platform. Parking is free (keep valuables out of sight) but very limited.  Bike or carpool if you can, or take the AC Transit 80 bus from either the El Cerrito Plaza or Ashby BART stations.

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UVKrWoh1YF62



September 19
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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