Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 28, 2012

Amazing Birding Day At Pt. Reyes

Yesterday I did a workshop on “Birding and Habitat”at the Pt. Reyes Birding Festival. It was led by Josiah Clark who was extremely energetic and knowledgeable.  The group saw or heard 107 different species of birds. We birded the marsh area outside of the town of Pt. Reyes, Olema Marsh, Limantour Rd., Limantour Beach, Giacomini Wetlands and  Inverness. All birds were seen or heard by leader and at least one other participant.  Four birds that I saw for the first time were White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Pigeon Guillemot,and Pacific-slope Flycatcher.

Click Read More to see today’s bird list

Bird List for Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Apr 27, 2012 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(the marsh area outside of the town of Pt. Reyes, Olema Marsh,  Limantour Rd., Limantour Beach, Giacomini Wetlands and  Inverness)

Protocol: Traveling and Walking approximately 20.0 miles

107 species seen or heard

Canada Goose


American Wigeon


Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter


Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

California Quail

Wild Turkey

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

Brandt’s Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Turkey Vulture


White-tailed Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

Virginia Rail

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover


Greater Yellowlegs


Western Sandpiper


Long-billed Dowitcher

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern

Pigeon Guillemot

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Steller’s Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Oak Titmouse


Pygmy Nuthatch

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

Purple Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


  1. Pigeon Guillemots are nesting on Alcatraz now. They are very visible in the morning around the dock where the ferry lands. Here’s a photo.


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