Alvarado/Wildcat Canyon Regional Park (Richmond)

In anticipation of a Christmas Bird Count in Richmond this year, come explore one of its original parks, Alvarado/Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. This is the original homeland of the Ohlone’s Huchiun tribe that extended from Temescal Creek to the San Pablo Creek and Wildcat Canyon drainages. In 1772 the arrival of Spanish troops marked the ... Read more

Hilltop Lake Park (Richmond)

Join me for an easy, flat 0.75 mile stroll around Hilltop Lake in Richmond to look at ducks, woodpeckers, passerines, and maybe raptors and a wader or two. Freshwater pond surrounded by willows, cattails, and native and ornamental trees and shrubs. Check out ebird bar chart for this location at Please bring binoculars. There ... Read more

SF San Pablo Bay Boat Trip (SOLD OUT)

This trip is now FULL but you may register to be on the waiting list in case of cancellations. San Francisco Bay, the largest and one of the most important estuaries along the Pacific Flyway, is right in our own backyard.  Join us as we cruise from Berkeley toward the Golden Gate Bridge and north ... Read more

Albany Shoreline

Come out to the Albany shoreline to see what waterbirds and shorebirds are overwintering, and hopefully find a Burrowing Owl too! Returning birders, newcomers and all levels of experience welcome! For a sense of how this walk goes, here's a blog from 2019: We'll meet 2 hours after (a fairly high) high tide for ... Read more

Berkeley Aquatic Park

All are welcome and LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folks are especially invited to a participatory field trip. We all benefit when anyone shares their observations, knowledge and enthusiasm. There should be large birds that can be seen without binoculars, including migratory and winter water birds. We will likely discover land birds by sight and ear too. ... Read more

Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve (San Francisco)

We’ll cover about two miles with significant climbing on mostly well-graded trails with some rocky spots and exposed roots ( in the UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve. The preserve is a 61-acre remnant of more than 2000 acres of eucalyptus trees planted by Adolf Sutro. We will be looking and listening for birds and ... Read more

Coyote Creek Lagoon (Fremont)

Part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR. Late November should provide lots of shorebirds, rails, waterfowl, and land birds, and maybe a few raptors. We will walk about 3.0 miles total on both wide, flat trails on the levee and some narrower trails through the marsh. The only benches are a short distance ... Read more


Birding in the Moraga area on level trails and fire roads owned by East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). This area features a variety of habitats: chaparral and scrub, grassland, pine-oak woodland, marsh, and the top of the reservoir. Likely birds include raptors, sparrows, California Thrasher, nuthatches, wrens, and the shy Wood Ducks. We will ... Read more

American Canyon Wetlands (Napa)

Come explore this wonderful area with me. We’ll stroll along a flat, easy 2 to 2.5 miles around Napa River wetlands with bordering woodland and grassland to see ducks, shorebirds, waders (including more Black-crowned Night Herons than you can count), raptors, woodpeckers, wintering sparrows and more. Check out the birds you may see at eBird ... Read more

Miller-Knox Shoreline Park (Richmond)

Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline is truly one of the gems of the East Bay. Along the shoreline, beautiful views of the Bay complement the opportunity to see a variety of waterbirds. As you head inland, you pass through open fields, dense scrub, and then up into the rolling hills, some of which are blanketed in forest. ... Read more

Fort Mason (San Francisco)

Meet in front of the Community Garden to explore several different habitats in this compact part of GGNRA. Although migration is over, there are a number of wintering species at Fort Mason, and the species count in November can be as high as 50.  We'll explore Aquatic Park for returning ducks, grebes and loons.  We'll ... Read more

Dotson Family Marsh and Giant Marsh (Contra Costa County)

At Dotson Family Marsh, we are likely to see sparrows and Western Meadowlarks in the grassland areas, as well as shorebirds feeding on the mudflat as the tide goes out. At the Giant Marsh, we will look for birds on the shoreline, in San Pablo Bay and in the upland eucalyptus groves. We will be ... Read more