Date: 6/1/19 6:59 pm From: Jennifer Frost -Dunbarton <jennfrost67...> Subject: [NHBirds] Recent trip to Northern CA-Birds sightings
I just returned from an extensive trip to see our son in Northern CA for the first time.
I thought some might find my birding list interesting!
Acorn woodpeckers (my dream was to see one and I saw 3 in a cactus garden) Allen's Hummingbird these and 3 other species of hummingbirds were literally swarming around noisily everywhere in the Golden Gate botanical gardens.Magical American Crow's abundant American Goldfinch American Robin's, everywhere Anna's Hummingbird Barn Swallows Bewick's Wren Black Crowned Night Heron, seen below a cliff in a tidal pool catching crabs Black Phoebe Brandt's Cormorant Brown Pelicans very abundant, seen many times flying over the ocean Bufflehead Blue Heron California Scrub Jay California Towhee many with full grown babies, abundant in gardens.Not timid Canada Geese Chestnut backed Chickadee Cliff Swallows Dark eyed, "Oregon" Junco's.noisy and abundant in many areas Double Crested Cormorant House Finches Lazuli Bunting beautiful Mallard Ducks ( first pair we saw where on a beach with Harbor seals!) Oak Titmouse Osprey Pelagic Cormorant Pigeon Guillemot's nesting in Cliff's at Point Lobos Pygmy Nuthatch Red tailed Hawks Red winged Blackbird Ruby Throated Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird Sandhill Crane Snowy Egret Song Sparrows Steller's Jay always try to steal your food! Tree Swallows, abundant Tricolored Blackbird Turkey Vultures very abundant everywhere we went Violet Green Swallows Western Gulls many nesting on cliffs Western Grebe White Crowned Sparrows, singing their hearts out everywhere! White tailed Kite
As I was not specifically birding (sightseeing activities with family) I was thrilled to have been able to carve out opportunities to see and be able to identify all of these, many lifers! I marvel at how much fun, easy and exciting it is to bird everywhere you go.