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40.85 N 124.19 W
Wetland birds are abundant from October thorough May. The extensive
trails make birding a pleasure here. The Humbolt Bay National Wildlife
Refuge has great views of the bay and its birds.
Elkhorn Slough / Moss
36.49 N 121.44 W
One of the top 3 Christmas Bird Count areas each year. Shorebirds
galore at the Slough. Check the Moon Glow Dairy Farm for Tri-colored
Blackbirds. Eat an artichoke fritter in Castroville.
34.02 N 116.31 W
Combine the Mojave Desert with an oasis here and there and you get
BIRDS! Bendire's Thrasher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Scott's Oriole
can be seen. An excellent spot during migration. Many eastern vagrants
accidentally end up here.
41.56 N 121.41 W
Six national wildlife refuges in southern Oregon and northern
California attract waterfowl and, in the winter, Bald Eagles. The
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Tule National Wildlife
Refuge are perhaps the best in winter.
37.95 N 119.18 W
Mono Lake is famed for summer and fall migrants as well as the strange
rock deposits left behind by falling water levels. You may be lucky
enough to see a California Gull!
36.36 N 121.53 W
Pelagic (open ocean) trips run by
Journeys will be looking for Flesh-footed and Buller's
Shearwaters; Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels. The "regular"
species are likely to add half a dozen birds to your life list! Whales
are always a possibility.
35.34 N 120.85 W
Peregrines, Merlins, Snowy Plover, Eurasian Wigeon, Brant, and a 200+
species Christmas Count. 122 species seen in one day, without moving!
Stop at nearby Montana de Oro State Park for Hutton's Vireo,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee and more (best in August through November
and in winter, bring your scope and scan the ocean).
33.38 N 117.53 W
Look for the endangered California Gnatcatcher in the brushy areas
surrounding the Slough -- before the developers get them! This is a
wonderful spot that needs to be protected!
Reyes / Bodega
38.00 N 122.58 W
This is such a great spot they built a Bird Observatory here! This
natural migrant trap has good birding all year around. Something
really rare seems to turn up every year.
33.05 N 115.41 W
An absolutely UNBELIEVABLE experience any time of year! This huge
oasis in the middle of the desert attracts millions of birds in the
winter! The south end is best for birds like Shorebirds, Burrowing
Owls and Mountain Plover. Take a friend and Cher the experience as you
look for Yellow-footed Gull during the hot, Sonny, smelly summer.
/ Tijuana Slough
32.41 N 117.17 W
An early September pelagic (open ocean) trip may let you see Black and
Least Storm-Petrels and Craveri's and Xantus's Murrelets. Clapper
Rails are at Tijuana Slough. Point Loma can be a great spot during
San Francisco Bay
37.48 N 122.28 W
Seabirds flying over the water. Rails and other marsh birds at the
southern end of the bay. Over 250 species and up to 800,000 waterbirds
at one time. San Francisco is an ideal vacation spot for the entire
family. It is OK to leave your heart here, but don't leave your
34.25 N 119.43 W
With over 430 birds recorded here, birders will think they died and
went to heaven. The San Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean combine
for exceptional birding -- especially in winter. Yellow-billed Magpies
are common in the foothills near Nojoqui Falls Park.
Yosemite National Park
37.44 N 119.42 W
Tourists come for the scenery. Birders see all that plus some
spectacular birds as they move off the beaten path. Look for Great
Grey Owls, Northern Pygmy-Owls, Williamson's Sapsucker, American
Dipper and Red Crossbills. Black Swifts nest at Bridalveil Falls.
Featured Hot Spot:
Bay National Wildlife Refuge
40.37 N 73.52 W
Nestled between Brooklyn and the JFK Airport , in the shadow of the
Statue of Liberty, is a wonderful wetland area officially called
Gateway National Recreation Center. Great for migrants. Something rare
is always turning up here. You can even bird by subway!
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