Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 25, 2016

Birding The Non-Hotspots In Berkeley

We have been birding some of non-hotspot areas in Berkeley, California to see what was there and had some interesting finds.

Strawberry Creek Park was the least interesting area we went to as it is small and had some noisy people the day we went. There is a creek and it might be better on a quiet day. We were only able to ID five species but I believe we heard a couple more. Best birds were Cedar Waxwings.

San Pablo Park, although mainly playing fields had a fair amount of bird activity. We had nine species with the most interesting being a number of Western Bluebirds and  Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Lower Cordornices Path,  which is along the creek just south of University Village is overgrown in parts and had the best bird diversity. We found 13 species here with the most interesting being a perched Cooper’s Hawk, Townsend Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

All of my estimates are on the conservative side as I didn’t count birds that were seen repeatedly unless they were a good distance apart.

Click read more to see the bird lists

Strawberry Creek Park US-CA-Berkeley-2121 Bonar St – 37.8681x-122.2870, Alameda, California, US
Dec 19, 2016 2:35 PM – 2:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
5 species

Anna’s Hummingbird  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  10
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  2

San Pablo Park Berkeley – 37.8555x-122.2831, Alameda, California, US
Dec 19, 2016 3:04 PM – 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
8 species (+1 other taxa)

gull sp.  2
Mourning Dove  4
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Black Phoebe  1
American Crow  6
Western Bluebird  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
California Towhee  2
Lesser Goldfinch  1

Lower Cordornices Path,  which is along the creek just south of University Village 1102 6th St – 37.8823x-122.3024, Alameda, California, US
Dec 24, 2016 11:54 AM – 12:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
13 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Black Phoebe  1
American Crow  3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Oak Titmouse  1
Bushtit  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Townsend’s Warbler  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
California Towhee  1
Lesser Goldfinch  1


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