Birding hotspots Archive

Presidio of San Francisco: Birding Hotspot September 10, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots. Tags: Birding hotspots, Mary Louise Rosegay, Presidio, Presidio birds, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco birding.

By Alan Hopkins

With a bird list of more than 200 species, the Presidio has become a beloved site for Bay Area birdwatchers. The area has diverse habitats: ocean, bay, marsh, riparian, woodland, and more.

Founded in 1776, the Presidio was a military installation established first by the Spanish and held briefly by the Mexican Government. Then in 1846, after the Mexican American War, the Presidio became a holding of the United States. The 1,491 acre base…

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Vollmer Peak: Birding Hotspot March 9, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots. Tags: Berkeley wildlife, Birding hotspots, East Bay Birding, East Bay Regional Park District, Tilden Park, Vollmer Peak.

By Denise Wight

Vollmer Peak in Tilden Regional Park, at an elevation of 1,905 feet, is one of the highest peaks in the Berkeley Hills. With relatively easy access, one can enjoy not only diverse birding but incredible views. On a clear day the Farallon Islands appear to balance on the western horizon, and to the east you can see the outline of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Range across the Central Valley. Thanks to the foresight of the founders of the East …

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Point Isabel: Birding Hotspot October 4, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots. Tags: birding, Birding hotspots, East Bay Birding, East Bay Regional Park District, Hoffman Marsh, Meeker Slough, Point Isabel, Ridgway's Rail.

By Jess Beebe

Most people think of Point Isabel primarily as a dog park, and indeed it features one of the largest and most scenic off-leash dog areas anywhere. But this park is also the gateway to a premier birding destination, offering access to a delightful stretch of the San Francisco Bay Trail that meanders through a restored salt marsh and slough and past expansive mudflats.

Tires, shopping carts, and chunks of concrete remind us that this place –…

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Crissy Lagoon: Birding Hotspot September 20, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots. Tags: birding, Birding hotspots, Crissy Field, Crissy Lagoon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Presidio, San Francisco birding.

By David Assmann

Crissy Field Lagoon at dawn on a sunny day is the epitome of tranquility – herons and egrets feeding in a pristine lagoon with the Golden Gate Bridge perched majestically in the background. Seeing this birding jewel today, it can be hard to visualize its many previous incarnations, which included time as a military installation, a livestock display area, and a hazardous waste dump.

Prior to the arrival of Spanish settlers in 1776,…

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Mitchell Canyon: Birding Hotspot March 20, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots. Tags: Birding hotspots, East Bay Birding, Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park.

By Steve and Carol Lombardi

The north slope of Mt. Diablo near Clayton offers one of the best birding spots in the East Bay. Mitchell Canyon is a shady, steep-sided, north-facing canyon with varied habitat and more-or-less permanent water. It provides easy access to both the casual stroller and the serious hiker/biker/equestrian. (Birding by horse? Now, there’s a concept.)

The canyon is a delightful place to bird year-round, but becomes spectacular…

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Glen Canyon Park: Birding Hotspot December 23, 2015

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots. Tags: Birding hotspots, Glen Canyon Park, San Francisco birding.

By Dominik Mosur

During the most significant drought in California in a millennium, a trickle of water continues to wind its way down Glen Canyon, nestled between the Glen Park, Diamond Heights, and Miraloma neighborhoods of south central San Francisco. These headwaters of Islais Creek — thought to be the largest creek in pre-settlement San Francisco — eventually empty into the Bay below Highway 280. It is some of the last and most extensive…

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Coyote Hills: Birding Hotspot September 9, 2015

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots. Tags: Birding hotspots, Coyote Hills birding, Coyote Hills Regional Park, East Bay Birding, East Bay Regional Park District, Fremont birds.

By Pamela Llewellyn

When people visit from out of town and ask, “Where’s the best place to go birding?” I always have to pause and collect my thoughts.  San Francisco Bay is one of the richest and most diverse places to bird along the California coast — one of the major foraging, resting, and over-wintering spots along the Pacific Flyway.

Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont is one of my all-time favorite East Bay birding locations,…

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