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Spring migration in the city

April 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Brigid McCormack, S.F. Bay, spring migration

The sudden flash of yellow in the tree outside the Daly City BART station stopped me in my tracks. I’d been hustling from the parking lot to catch my 8:30 train — who knows what going through my head: a meeting, a lunch, a conference call, another meeting. But all that was erased completely by […]

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Great win for bird advocates in Petaluma

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, spring migration

Great news today that Caltrans will pull the nets off its construction project on 101 near Petaluma, and try to control nesting swallows in a safer manner. Bird advocates have complained that the nets are killing the migrating birds. Share on Facebook

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Far from Baltimore

May 28th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Saw a post on one of the listservs this morning about a sighting of a male Baltimore Oriole in San Mateo County. Now, you would think that the best place to find a Baltimore Oriole would be, well, Baltimore (or Camden Yards). But while this is a predominantly East Coast bird, we do have a […]

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Not-so-common beauty

May 28th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Despite its name, the looks of the Common Yellowthroat are anything but. The male of the species sports a unique black mask that gives it an air of mystery. That, combined with its distinctive yellow throat and olive body, makes for a pretty attractive warbler. The bird can be seen throughout North America, but here […]

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Summer Tanagers in time for summer

May 24th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

One of the more colorful birds to grace California during spring migration is the Summer Tanager. This bird spends its winters in Central American and northern South America and comes up into the Lower 48 in great numbers. The breeding range covers a large crescent of forest habitat from the middle of the East Coast […]

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White-faced Ibis in spring

May 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

The White-faced Ibis is a great-looking bird of the western wetlands. In the spring, it acquires its distinctive white feathers around its face. With its long decurved bill, it remains a favorite of bird enthusiasts. The bird is widespread throughout the Pacific Flyway and beyond, and many populations in California are permanent residents. But that’s […]

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Rise of the Black-chinned Hummingbird

May 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Cornell’s Birds of North America remarks of the Black-chinned Hummingbird that no superlatives apply. It is not the biggest, the smallest, the most colorful, etc. Nonetheless, we simply like ‘em. This great little bird spends its winters down along the western coast of Mexico (as we all wish we did). And explodes upward starting in […]

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Just don’t call it a Rock Pigeon

May 17th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Like its near-relative Rock Pigeon, the Band-tailed Pigeon is a hardy, adaptable creature. It’s able to live in towns around people, but also quite able to survive in the forests for which it is naturally built. Unlike the Rock Pigeon, the Band-tailed Pigeon is a native species that naturally occurs throughout the Pacific Flyway in […]

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Keep an eye on the Black-crowned Night-heron

May 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Not since the Wandering Tattler, have we seen a bird moniker so well suited to a member of the Avengers as the Black-crowned Night-heron. But certainly, this heron has much more going for than its cool name. First, it is the world’s most widespread heron, occurring on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. With its […]

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The coming of the Grasshopper Sparrow

May 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

The Grasshopper Sparrow is a small, inconspicuous bird, known for its buzzy, grasshopper-like song. It spends most of its winter in Mexico, and come up in late April and May to breed. We’re starting to see a great deal more of them right about now. The bird is most noticeable when males perch on top […]

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Toughing it out with the Tufted Puffin

May 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

In case you haven’t noticed, the migration of seabirds is often wildly different from other kinds of birds. But, like their land-based counterparts, seabird do move around quite a bit this time of year – sometimes for breeding, sometimes in search of food. A case in point is the Tufted Puffin. While a lot of […]

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Wilson’s Phalarope in town

May 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

The Wilson’s Phalarope is a true transequatorial migrant, wintering way down in southern South American and breeding up here in the Pacific Flyway. It can be found on our shorelines, as well as our salty interior lakes (for instance, Mono Lake). Check out the eBird map below the fold to see sightings in May (photo […]

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Vermillion Flycatcher brightens up the south

May 11th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

The Vermillion Flycatcher is really something to see. Bright in color, it stands out among all the flycatcher, for sure. It spends it winters from Mexico down to South America, and many come up in the spring to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Up here, it tends to like the warm, dry habitats […]

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Willow Flycatcher makes its move

May 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

The Willow Flycatcher is a commonly sighted migratory bird throughout North America, enjoying wet shrubby habitat from Maine to Southern California. They winter from southern Mexico to northern South America, and tend to come north in early May. We’re starting to get reports now in California. If you want to see how they enter the […]

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Winter finally gives way to spring in interior Alaska

May 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon Alaska, spring migration

Up until last week a very cold spring gripped Interior Alaska, slowing migration by several weeks. May 6 the weather finally changed and a flood of birds that had been waiting streamed north. This Peregrine Falcon was one, seen at Creamer’s Field State Waterfowl Refuge, an Important Bird Area of statewide significance. Read more about […]

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