This past week I’ve seen Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Bufflehead, Osprey, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Common Loon, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Black Oystercatcher, Ruddy Duck, all on the water. On shore, White-crowned, Golden-crowned and Savannah Sparrows, Western Meadowlarks, Black Phoebe, House Finches, Spotted Towhee, and the usual gulls and crows.
No guarantee that all or any of the same will show up for the birdwalk tomorrow, Monday, Veteran’s Day, at 8:30 a.m. We’ll meet at the corner of Marina Blvd and Spinnaker Way, where there’s usually lots of free parking. Maureen Lahiff, a veteran Golden Gate Audubon Society field trip leader, will be there and bring a spotting scope. I’ll be there with my long zoom camera and tripod. Chances are we’ll have a good time and see some birds. Maybe even some new ones.
Most of the aquatic bird life is in the first 3/4 mile, on a flat asphalt trail. After that there’s an option to continue on that trail, which forms a loop back to the beginning, or to branch out up a bit of a hill on a dirt trail into a forested grove to see what’s flying in there. Your call.