Bird Walk November 11

The Chavez Park bird walk originally scheduled for October 13 has been rescheduled for Monday, Veteran’s Day holiday, November 11, 2019. We’ll meet a 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Spinnaker Way. Map.

Maureen Lahiff, veteran field trip leader with the Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) will join me in leading the outing. Maureen has led dozens and dozens of GGAS bird walks and brings a broad and deep knowledge of our feathered friends. i’m pretty much a bird learner still and this will be my first bird walk leadership experience.

The Oct. 13 event had to be postponed because a human footrace was scheduled for the same time and place, and because the annual bird migration has been delayed this year. Only a handful of birds was to be seen on that date. Maureen has consulted all available calendars and found no conflicts for the November 11 date. By that time, there should be — I underline should — a diversity and quantity of shore and water birds escaping from the frosty northlands. You can follow this blog for my sightings of birds in Cesar Chavez Park and the adjacent North Basin in the coming weeks.

As before, you’re welcome to prep for the walk by viewing my 24-minute Burrowing Owl documentary here and the 9-minute survey of 52 species I’ve photographed in the North Basin, here.

The walk is flat on an asphalt trail. There is usually ample parking, and a porta-potty not far. There’s a water fountain along the walk. Depending on the situation, we may make a short side trip on the Virginia Street extension, a flat dirt road that’s easy to navigate when dry. Maximum walking distance is about 1.5 miles. All of it, including the dirt segment if dry, is wheelchair accessible.

Bufflehead on North Basin, October 26 last year

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