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Birding at Mori Point, Pacifica

Normally, we visit Mori Point to look for frogs and snakes, but this time we will be looking for birds. This bird outing will be led by Noreen Weeden, Golden Gate Audubon Conservation Project Manager, and Eddie Bartley,wildlife photographer. 

This area is home to an incredible diversity of birds. The San Francisco (or Salt Marsh) Common Yellowthroat , a California Species of Special Concern, breeds here. The rare wetland and coastal lagoon ecosystem attracts rarities and vagrants every year, like the Tropical Kingbird.

Set your alarm clocks because we are heading out early for this trip.

Photo © Catherine Salvin

Wild Equity Institute Executive Director, Brent Plater, and students from Downtown High School spot nuthatches at Mori Point. 


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  • Clay

    Wonderful time birding Mori pt. The company was positive and the work in the park was inspiring. Thanks to Noreen and Eddie for their expertise, Amy for the hard work with a smile and Brent for all the 'hard' work in the trenches (courts). With help from the rest of us we'll see Sharp park converted into a park for both people and our animal relations.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Richard A.

    had a great time; thank you!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Amy

    Here is the list of birds we saw/heard from Noreen and Eddie. If you would like it in an excel spreadsheet, please send me an email. The comments have a word limit so the complete list is in a few posts.

    Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
    Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
    Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (California) (Buteo lineatus elegans)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Western) (Buteo jamaicensis calurus)
    Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) Heard Only
    Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
    Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans)
    Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

    October 20, 2013

    • Amy

      Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
      Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
      Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
      Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
      Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
      Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) (Aphelocoma californica
      American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
      Common Raven (Corvus corax)
      Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
      Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
      House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
      Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
      Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
      Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) Heard Only
      Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
      American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

      October 20, 2013

    • Amy

      California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)
      European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
      Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) Heard Only
      Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)
      Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)
      Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
      California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)
      Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group])
      Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
      Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
      White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
      Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
      Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
      House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
      Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)
      Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)

      October 20, 2013

  • Michael N.

    Hi, I would need a ride on Oct 20. From San Francisco, Palo Alto, a Caltarian or a Bart station in between.
    Thanks,
    Michael

    October 13, 2013

    • Robin

      Hi Michael - Not quite sure where u need a ride from based on your post, but i live in outer Richmond district in SF and can give u a ride from the City...

      October 14, 2013

    • Michael N.

      Sorry, I cannot make it tomorrow. There's no early morning Caltrain on Sunday to bring me by appropriate time to meet Robin for a ride. Next time. Have fun!

      October 19, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Is it silly to attend this event if one does not have access to binoculars?

    October 15, 2013

    • Robin

      last time the group leaders shared their binocs & i can certainly share mine with you too! :) plus they often set up a scope for all of us to look through when there is something good to see...

      October 15, 2013

    • Amy

      You should come even if you don't have binoculars. We will share the ones we have.

      October 15, 2013

  • Amy

    Please post here if you have space in your car or need a ride. BART stations make great meeting points.

    October 13, 2013

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