Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 10, 2018

Birding Las Gallinas

Today I went birding with several of my friends from the Masterbirding program at the Las Gallinas Water Treatment Plant in Marin County, a local birding hotspot. We saw or heard 65 different bird species and saw three river otters. The bird of the day was an Eurasian Green-winged Teal that was on the bank right by the bridge at the beginning of the trail. Other highlights included a Falcon, Cackling Goose, Common Gallinule, several good looks at Marsh Wren. The light was good which made for nice viewing and photography.

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Las Gallinas Valley WTP, Marin, California, US
Feb 10, 2018 8:50 AM – 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear, warm. Winds low. Three river otters spotted in Pond 2.
61 species (+4 other taxa)

Cackling Goose  5
Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  5
Cinnamon Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  30
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  25
Green-winged Teal  30
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1     Preening on bank near bridge. Lacked vertical bar on wing.
Canvasback  1
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  20
Common Goldeneye  1
Common Merganser  12
Ruddy Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Eared Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  30
Black-crowned Night-Heron  15
Turkey Vulture  27
White-tailed Kite  1
Northern Harrier  3
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Sora  2
Common Gallinule  3
American Coot  6
Killdeer  2
Mew Gull  28
Ring-billed Gull  20
Western Gull  2
gull sp.  X
Forster’s Tern  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Band-tailed Pigeon  4
Mourning Dove  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
falcon sp.  1     Light colored, chasing rock doves
Black Phoebe  7
Say’s Phoebe  2
American Crow  40
Common Raven  2
Tree Swallow  3
Tree/Violet-green Swallow  20
Bushtit  2
Marsh Wren  20
Bewick’s Wren  1
Western Bluebird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  100
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
White-crowned Sparrow  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  7
California Towhee  1
Western Meadowlark  6
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Brewer’s Blackbird  10
Great-tailed Grackle  3
House Finch  7

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

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