Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 30, 2012

A Point Reyes Walking Birding Big Day

Yesterday I did a walking big day as part of the Point Reyes Birding Festival.  A group of fifteen led by Dave Wimpfheimer a very knowledgeable and experienced birder and trip leader walked eleven miles. The walk went through wetland, oak and fir forest, grassland and riparian habitats. We walked from the ocean at Limantour Beach, up and over Inverness Ridge to Giacomini wetlands and Olema Marsh. The group as a whole saw or heard  a total of 103  different species. My personal highlight was seeing a Red Knot, which was a new bird for me.

Sanderlings by Sandy Steinman

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Bird List for Walking Big Day at Pt. Reyes 4/29/12

(11 mile walk: Limantour Beach,  up and over Inverness Ridge to Giacomini wetlands and Olema Marsh)

Caspian Terns by Sandy Steinman

Canada Goose


American Wigeon


Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Greater Scaup

Surf Scoter

Red-breasted Merganser

California Quail

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Turkey Vulture


Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover




Marbled Godwit

Black Turnstone

Red Knot


Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper


Short-billed Dowitcher

Western Gull

California Gull

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Steller’s Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee


Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet


Western Bluebird

Swainson’s Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Wilson’s Warbler

Spotted Towhee

California Towhee

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Black-headed Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Bullock’s Oriole

Purple Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


  1. […] I was watching the video and reading the story for inspiration. I will be participating in a Walking Big Day at the Point Reyes Birding Festival where we will see how many birds we can see and hear traveling only by foot. The group will walk through wetland, oak and fir forest, grassland and riparian habitats as we walk from the Giacomini wetlands by Olema Marsh through varied habitats to the ocean at Limantour Beach.  The hike will be around 11 miles and goes up and over Inverness Ridge, a gain of 1000 feet.  Last year we had a 103 birds. Here is my post from last year A Point Reyes Walking Birding Big Day […]


  2. Interestingly Ray and Sharon said they also had 103 birds on Friday’s program “A Bird’s Eye View of Habitat”!


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