Birding Year around – Northern California and Point Reyes National Seashore during 2017

Birding the Point Reyes National Seashore just northeast of the Gulf of the Farallones and southeast of the Cordell Bank.  This area is a migrant trap, a peninsula jetting out into the Pacific Ocean miles west of the mainland.  We will bird Douglas Fir Forest, Oak Savannah – rolling hills, Pacific Ocean beaches, lagoons, wetlands, streams and the Light House Point in search of Pelagic species from land. Contact me for early for planning and to lock in your dates.The Great Beach

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| March 2017 event

Clients Testimonial –  January 2017

Rich Cimino led our small group of birders inland from the San Francisco Bay area and Point Reyes in Central California for two days. He started us off in grand fashion by getting us lingering looks at a couple of Ridgeway’s Rails.  He took us to several places that weren’t even on our radar and led us to many target birds much more quickly than we could have achieved on our own, if we’d found them at all, saving us much valuable time in the process.

When we told him we would be birding on our own in search of California Condors a few days later, he told us precisely where we could find them.  His directions were right on the mark and we found the birds effortlessly.  We probably would have missed them without his guidance.

In addition to being skillful with bird-finding, Rich is very personable and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. He has a deep knowledge of Central and Northern California that extends beyond birding expertise. He gave us recommendations on restaurants that led us to excellent dining, and a fabulous bakery that got our mornings off to a great start.

The next time I’m in the area, I will certainly team up with Rich for more great birding.

Ron Morris – Winston-Salem, NC

March 19th 2016 | Olompali State Park 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM 

Pacific slope flycatcher

Pacific slope flycatcher

Meet in the parking lot of the state park. There is a $8.00 parking fee.  Field trip is at no cost. The hike will be leisurely through Oak-California Bay forest habitat.  Bring binoculars, a bird field guide and water.  No Pets.  Young children welcome.  Call Rich Cimino for directions or check www.parks.ca.gov/olompali.

| April 19th. 2017 | Mines Road, Livermore Alameda County with Marin Audubon Society, – meeting location below.

Some birds are just easier to see on Mines Road than anywhere else in Alameda County, including Bald and Golden Eagles, Phainopeplas, Rufous-Crowned Sparrows, Wrentits, Yellow-Billed Magpies, Violet-Green Swallows,  and maybe even a rare Lewis’s Woodpecker or scarce Lawrence’s Goldfinch.  Join Rich Cimino for an all-day adventure to see what we can find.  The winding road climbs into the mountains for some 30 miles with little room to park on the shoulders.  The weather may be warm, but rain cancels  Bring food and water.  Two meeting spots 7:15 AM in Bon Air parking lot on Barry Ave.,Larkspur or Meet at the Jack-in-the-Box on N Livermore Ave. at 9:00 AM to form carpools.  From I-580 eastbound in Livermore, take the exit for N Livermore Ave. and turn right onto N Livermore Ave.  The Jack-in-the-Box will be on your right.  Mines Road is about 10 minutes from this starting point.  Rest room facilities are available at Jack-in-the-box and at The Junction (28 miles up Mines Road). Field trip finishes at 4PM.

Greater Yellowlegs Niven Park mudflats.

Greater Yellowlegs-Niven Park mudflats.

|  March 18th, 2017 to 12:30 PM | An easy birding walk beginning at low tide and ending with a 5 ft. high tide.  Birding San Quentin Point and the Marin SFBay Trail along San Pablo Bay, Marin County.
Meet in the parking lot for the Jean and John Starkweather Shoreline trail-head of the SFBay Trail.
Directions to Shoreline Park: Take Hwy 580 west and over the Richmond San Rafael Bridge There is a $5.00 bridge toll. Take the first exit which is Francisco Blvd., merging right onto E. Francisco Blvd.
Continue to drive past the Marin Rod and Gun Club another one third of a mile to a business center on your right.  You will see a Bay Café sign. This is The Bay Park Center. Turn right
here and continue to drive straight ahead to the Jean /John
Starkweather Beach trail-head parking.

Dunlin San Rafael Bay

Dunlin – San Pablo Bay

 

 

Birding San Pablo Bay for diving ducks and grebes, as well wading birds and Gulls species.
We will also look for the Puget Sound variety of White-crowned Sparrow.
Bring your scope, water, a snack, and a smile. We will not break for lunch. However there are restaurants nearby for lunch afterward.
There are no rest rooms available during this Bird walk. If you wish to create a map for direction use the Bay Café address which is 2165 E. Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Field trip leader is Rich  Cimino
925-353-0266

| March 19, 2017 | Marin Audubon Bird walk along Corte Medera Creek and the mud flats of Niven Park 8:30AM.  Meet at Niven Park.  Field trip has no cost. This bird walk will have water birds, general bay area species with the possibility of early arriving  White crowned Sparrow – Pugetensis and the Golden Crowned Sparrow. Call Rich Cimino for directions.

Testimonial: March 2016

YBT – Point Reyes Woodpecker TrailMAS.PDF

 

 

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