Sunny skies and moderate temperatures greeted the 20 or so participants in this morning’s birdwalk at the park, led by Golden Gate Audubon Society’s veteran birder Maureen Lahiff. A respectable variety of bird species showed themselves, and thanks to the expertise in the group I saw two birds new to me: the Hermit Thrush and the Townsend’s Warbler.
Among the highlights: Brown Pelicans flying very near and diving; big grebes swimming close to shore, a number of Bufflehead flocks in easy range. Much farther out, visible only in spotting scopes, were Goldeneye, Ruddy Ducks, and a male Surf Scoter. Maureen helped the group distinguish between Eared Grebes and Horned Grebes, both of which were present, and between Western and Clark’s Grebes, also seen. We also saw an American Pipit on the west side of the park, further west than I’ve ever seen one. Maureen will post a complete list of the birds seen on the jaunt on eBird.