Birding at Lake Merced (SF)

Today was another great bird outing with my Field Ornithology class. There were about 25 of us all told (many from the two more advanced classes our instructor Joe teaches), with plenty of scopes to share. It was an overcast day, but stayed dry, and I saw a ton of new birds. We started at…

Chrissy Field birding

Since the days are light longer, I swung by the Palace of Fine Arts and Chrissy Field before my birding class tonight. I haven’t birded either place with any frequency, but a recent report of Red-shouldered Hawks preying on Pigeons and Coots at the PFA piqued my interest. No raptors were seen at the PFA,…

Coyote Hills Birding

In the mood for something a little different, I went back to my old stomping grounds of Coyote Hills. When I lived in Fremont, I birded and hiked here frequently, and in fact, the diversity of wildlife here is what really got me into birdwatching. Alas, since it’s about a 40 minute round-trip detour from…

EA 105 – Field Ornithology, Class I

Last night was the first class of the second half of the 14-class series of Field Ornithology classes I’ve been taking since February. Since the second half is a separate fee from the first, and due to normal class attrition, there were only perhaps half as many people there as there were on the first day of the first half.