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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).