Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 19, 2015

Birding Lake Temescal 12/18/15

Yesterday morning I spent about an hour birding Lake Temescal Regional Recreation Area in Oakland. It was a scouting trip for this Sunday’s Christmas bird count. I identified 20 species. Highlights were seeing Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher,  Green Heron and Black-crowned Night-Heron. Most abundant were Double-crested Cormorant and American Coot.

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Lake Temescal Regional Recreation Area Bird List 12/18/15
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  4
Bufflehead  1
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
American Coot  15
Ring-billed Gull  1
California Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Black Phoebe  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Crow  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1     one seen; more heard
American Robin  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
California Towhee  1     heard

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I also saw a large group of small birds (approximately 20) flew over in distance. Maybe Cedar Waxwings or blackbirds?

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