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Bay Area Bird Blog » Birding Sites
5th 2008
Birding Sites

Posted under local birds

I occasionally interview local birders, and one of the questions I ask is “what are your favorite birding sites.” I hope that over time this will turn into a list of the best birding sites in the Bay Area.  Here are some of the answers from Bob Lewis (BL) and Arnel Guanlao (AG) [with my comments in brackets]:

For water birds:

  • MLK Jr Regional Shoreline in Oakland [This is not far from the airport, and is frequently visited by Golden Gate Audubon’s Eco-Oakland program] (BL).
  • Hayward Shoreline, especially the area known as “Frank’s dump.” [Directions courtesy of Peter Dramer: From the end of W Winton Ave, take either trail out to the bay and then head north along the Bay Trail. Frank’s Dump is the water just north of the radio towers [and east of the Bay Trail.  Peter says that this area has many birds around high tide but may be nearly empty at other times.] (BL)
  • The end of Grant Avenue in San Leandro (BL).
  • Bodega Bay (BL). 
  • Alviso [the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, near San Jose] (AG)
  • Radio Road Waterbird Pond [in Redwood City; check a map carefully, it’s hard to find] (AG)
  • Hayward Regional Shoreline (AG)

For upland birds:

  • Tilden Park around Jewel Lake (BL).
  • Briones Regional Park, starting at the Bear Valley Road entrance (BL).
  • “Sunol Regional Park is super, but a bit far from Berkeley” (BL).
  • FAVORITE: “EBMUD’s Upper San Leandro Reservoir, from the Valle Vista staging area.  You can get a permit to enter the area at the Tilden Nature Center” (BL)
  • Outer Point Reyes (AG).
  • Coyote Point [in San Mateo, south of the SF Airport] (AG).
  •  Carmel River [just south of Carmel] (AG). 

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    I watched an Osprey with fish in talons land on 30 ft. pole supporting the driving range nets at Mariners Point golf course on June 5 ~10:15 am. Another bird followed it to it’s landing, Osprey sounded alarmed with high shreeking calls (similar to red tail hawk) took off from post and dropped the fish. Osprey stared to circle area to retrieve flying directly into the netting. Did this twice then finally flew off over the bay north of San Mateo Bridge. Walked down fairway to locate fish found 7 inch stripped bass still alive. Amazing experience to witness this huge raptor. Haven’t seen an Opsrey outside the Russian river while kayaking.

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  4. Sree V on 23 Oct 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Speaking of ospreys, I feel compelled to share my story :-)
    Wife & I went camping to Sonoma coast stae beach park, abt 1hr N of SF. We stopped at the ticket booth to pick up our campground permits. I heard shrieking and looked up. I saw 2 ospreys right above my head, not more than 50 feet in the air. One of them had a long fish in its talon, and it seemed like the other one was chasing it. They flew around in circles for a while, and then flew away. The 2 days we are at the camp, I had one eye in the sky for a repeat viewing, but they never showed up! The memory of the first sighting was magical though.

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