These are all from either
Coyote Hills Regional Park, or the Maguire Peaks Loop Trail in Sunol Regional Wilderness, except for the scrub jay who was in my backyard.
Hutton’s Vireo, Maguire Peaks.
Nuthatch, Maguire Peaks.
Turkey Vulture, Maguire Peaks.
California Thrasher, Maguire Peaks.
Acorn Woodpecker, Maguire Peaks.
Rough Legged Hawk (?), Maguire Peaks.
Scrub Jay, my backyard in Oakland, California.
Maguire Peaks panorama.
American Kestrels hanging on in a stiff breeze, Coyote Hills.
Northern Flicker in the wind, Coyote Hills.
The Thing With Feathers and then Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, I started being more interested in birds. Then I bought a Sibley Guide, and it got a little more serious.
I’ve always enjoyed the Bay Trail, on several occasions riding SF to Berkeley or the reverse. This weekend I rode from approximately Fruitvale BART to Hayward BART, going through MLK regional shoreline, Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline, and Hayward Regional Shoreline, and I brought my camera. When I’d ridden the trail before I’d often stopped to read the informational signs about birds, and I was surprised that I was able to photograph pretty much all the common birds I’d read about, plus several more. And a bat ray.
Light-morph juvenile Red tailed hawk above Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline.
Snowy Egret, Oyster Bay RS.
Bat ray! I was surprised to see this guy in a corner of San Leandro Bay, on Doolittle drive across from the Oakland Airport.
American Avocets. I think these were in Hayward, but there were also some on the north side of Oyster Bay RS.
California Least Tern.
California Towhee (?) at MLK RS.
Long-billed Curlew in Hayward RS.
Northern Shovelers in Hayward RS.
Ruddy Duck in Hayward RS.
Western Sandpipers, I think juveniles, in Hayward RS.
Sandpiper flock in flight, Hayward RS.
Killdeer in Hayward RS.
Northern Shoveler, Hayward RS.
Definitely a tern, and I’m thinkin a Forster’s Tern based on the long tail feathers.
Willets in flight. They are very gray on the outside, but have sporty black and white inner wing pattern.
Willets also have a distinctive head-bobbing motion when feeding, like they are trying to get a better parallax perspective on what’s underwater.
Willet leaving a trail wading in Hayward RS.
Northern Shoveler and an American Avocet together.
Black necked stilt, Hayward RS.
Black-legged stilt in flight, Hayward RS.
American Coot, Hayward RS.
Short-billed Dowitcher flock, with some other birds mixed in, Hayward Regional Shoreline.