Palo Alto Baylands birding

Today was a great day at the Baylands, with one life bird, and several year birds. It was a very low tide when I arrived, and there were fewer than normal birds in the sloughs – lots of diversity, just not a lot of individuals. The egret colony by the duck pond is getting very…

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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.

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Birding @ Sutro Baths & Sutro Heights Park (SF)

Today was my 3rd outing with my adult ornithology class, and again we had a great trip and saw many good birds. It was windy and cold at the coast, so we mostly birded from the terraces of the Cliff House since they’re somewhat sheltered. Far off in the sea, visible only through scopes (which…

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Quickie birding @ Strybring Arboretum

I did a short birding walk through the Strybring Arboretum in Golden Gate Park at lunch today, and although there wasn’t a whole lot about, I saw a few nice birds. I saw another Hermit Thrush, my second ever, in the underbrush, as well as a washed-out-looking (juv. female?) Townsend’s Warbler. and a young Hooded…

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Hiking @ Point Lobos State Reserve

(This is the first of several hike reports and a trip report that I can finally write now that I’ve finished going through and editing the photos I took!). En route to a 3-day weekend in Big Sur for my birthday, we stopped off at Point Lobos State Reserve, just south of Carmel, for some…

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Off to Big Sur!

I’m about to head out the door for a 3-day b’day weekend in a yurt in Big Sur, thanks to my wonderful girlfriend Sarah   We plan on doing lots of short hikes and lots of not-much-at-all.  The weather forecast is 68-73F today through Sunday, so we should have some great wildlife viewing and perhaps…

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Birding @ Chain of Lakes, SF

Today was the second outing with my Field Ornithology class, and we saw some pretty good birds at the Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park. Again I didn’t bring my camera since the idea is to learn about birds rather than to photograph them, but this is an area I’ve birded and photographed extensively,…

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Bald Eagle Cam!

This Tuesday at my Field Ornithology class, I learned of a Bald Eagle cam on Santa Cruz Island of the coast of Southern California! Apparently eagles nested here frequently until DDT drove them away some 40+ years ago. Now a pair is back and nesting again for the second year in a row – check…

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