Birding Year around – Northern California and Point Reyes National Seashore during 2018

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 Rich AT 925-353-0266 or Yellowbilledtours@gmail.com for early 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 21 2018 | Olompali State Park 9:00 AM to 12 PM 

Pacific slope flycatcher

Pacific slope flycatcher

Meet in the parking lot of the state park. There is a $8.00 parking fee.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. Field trip cost is $35.00

| April 25th. 2018| Mines Road, Livermore Alameda County with Yellowbilled Tours 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 6:30 AM in Bon Air parking lot on Barry Ave.,Larkspur or Meet at the Jack-in-the-Box on N Livermore Ave. at 7:30 AM – call Rich for directions.  Rest room facilities are available at Jack-in-the-box and at The Junction (28 miles up Mines Road). Field trip finishes at 3PM. Field cost is $ 75.00 per person take 3 birders to go.

Greater Yellowlegs Niven Park mudflats.

Greater Yellowlegs-Niven Park mudflats.

|  March 20th, 2018 to 8:30 AM – noon | Shorebird I.D. CLASS: An easy beginning birding class specific to Shorebirds at low tide.  Birding the mud flats of Corte Madera Creek and Eco-logical Preserve and other local Marin low tide areas. Meet in the parking lot of Bon Air Center on Barry Ave. Cost $60.00 per person.

Call Rich at 925-353-0266 or email yellowbilledtours@gmail.com

Dunlin San Rafael Bay

Dunlin – San Pablo Bay

 

January 31, 2018

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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