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Please join us on an excursion to one of the Bay Area's great birding locations. Our bird walks are intended for both beginners who want to learn more about our local birds, for advanced birders who are looking to add interesting as yet unobserved species to their lists and for anyone interested a short hike with a great group of people.

Schedule:    

January 7 Lafayette Reservoir, East Bay Municipal Utility District
woodland birds, waterfowl
Hiking Difficulty: 2
February 11 Grizzly Island Waterfowl Management Area
waterfowl, pelicans, raptors
Hiking Difficulty: 2
March 4 Upper San Leandro Reservoir
waterfowl (possibly Wood Duck), wrens, finches, raptors
Hiking Difficulty: 2
April 1 Jewel Lake, Tilden Regional Park
woodland birds, warbler migration begins
Hiking Difficulty: 2
May 6 Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park
woodland birds, warblers, hummingbirds
Hiking Difficulty: 3
June 3 Briones Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District
woodland birds, breeding or summer residents
Hiking Difficulty: 4
July 1 Hayward Regional Shoreline, East Bay Regional Park District
shorebirds, waterfowl, swallows
Hiking Difficulty: 2
August 5 Albany Bulb
waterfowl, shorebirds
Hiking Difficulty: 1
September 2     Arrowhead Marsh, East Bay Regional Park District
marsh birds (including rails), waterfowl, shorebirds
Hiking Difficulty: 1
October 7 Los Vaqueros Reservoir
water birds, raptors
Hiking Difficulty: 2
November 4 Contra Loma Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District
water birds, snipes, bitterns, flickers, merlin, white
Hiking Difficulty: 2
December 2 Heather Farm
water birds, woodland birds, winter residents
Hiking Difficulty: 1

Our bird walks are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month (except February). We meet at the Walnut Creek store at 7:45 AM and generally return about 10:00 AM depending on the location. A local naturalist guides the group to birding hot spots in our area.

Coffee and donuts are served after the walk. No reservations needed and there is no cost.

American Birding Association Principles of Birding Ethics

Conversation with a Hawk


One thing we hate to see when we look out the window into the backyard is a brownish streak that zips through and snatches a songbird. The culprit is usually a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. And, to make things worse, to watch it eat the bird in front of you. I happened to be out in the yard filling bird baths when this exact thing took place, literally a few feet from me. Luckily, the hawk missed its victim and landed on the bird bath.

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