Today was my last field trip with my Field Ornithology class (they have another next weekend, but I cannot make it), and it wound up being a great walk, with a few lifers. Since I live near Golden Gate Park I bicycled to the Arboretum, locked up, and joined our group at 9. We started…
For lunch today, Sarah & I got sandwiches in the Inner Sunset and went to Stow Lake to see what birds were afoot. Sarah walks there nearly every morning and has seen numerous chicks recently, so I brought along my camera to see what I could see. Canada Goose gosling A pair of Canada…
14 April, 2007 We awoke early in the morning to pounding rain, which tapered off to a drizzle by the time we got up. Breakfast at our B&B was a tasty buffet of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, and savory pastries, just my thing! By the time we finished eating the rain had stopped entirely, so…
Tonight was the 4th class in the second 7-class series of Introductory Field Ornithology I’ve been taking this year from CCSF. Before class I swung by Sutro Baths to see what was a-wing.As I scoped from the terrace of the baths’ ruins, two women climbed over a barrier, intended to prevent access to the less stable parts of the ruins, descended some stairs to the shore, and one of them proceeded to disrobe while the other took photographs! Birds of a different color, eh?
Avian-wise there wasn’t a whole lot afoot, although I quite enjoyed using my new Pentax XW14 eyepiece – it has an incredibly wide angle of view, and superb optics, despite the buffeting wind and spraying waves. Still new to my scope, I was amazed at how many Clark’s & Western Grebes were in the choppy waters by the Golden Gate – there were at least a couple of hundred!
In the 40 minutes I was there, I saw:
– American Coot
– Anna’s Hummingbird
– Barn Swallow
– Black Oystercatcher
– Black Phoebe
– Brandt’s Cormorant
– Brown Pelican
– Clark’s Grebe
– Cliff Swallow
– Common Raven
– Double-crested Cormorant
– Red-tailed Hawk
– Song Sparrow
– Violet-green Swallow
– Western Grebe
– Western Gull
My notes from class follow:
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…
13 April, 2007 Sarah & I left home at around 9:30, heading north on US101 to Cloverdale, then northwest on picturesque, but extremely windy, Hwy 128. We were both excited to be heading to Mendocino, as I’d only been there as a child, and Sarah never. Along the way we stopped at the Apple Farm…
Another informative class tonight, and I’m glad I missed out on last Saturday’s field trip, since it poured rain and they cut it short after only 90 minutes (Sarah & I were enjoying very pleasant weather on the Mendocino coast :).
My notes for the evening follow.
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,…
Sarah & I had a nice walk today at Las Gallinas Storage Ponds in Marin, although the midday time and strong winds kept the bird numbers a little lower than they’d been on our prior visit to this area. Despite the strong gusty winds blowing from the west, a fair number of waterfowl were visible…