Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 1, 2019

Birds and Monarchs At Aquatic Park

For New Year’s Day we went to Aquatic Park in Berkeley to see birds and Monarch Butterflies. It was sunny and in the 50’s F.

There were many birds on the water with Buffleheads, Coots, Mallards, Double-crested Cormorants, Common Goldeneyes, Pied-billed Grebes and Gulls most abundant. We saw a large number of Snowy Egrets as well as Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Black-crowned Night-herons. There were many Yellow-rumped Warblers and Anna’s Hummingbirds in the trees. We had 36 species on our eBird List.

We didn’t find large groups of Monarchs roosting in the trees but as it started to warm up they did begin to fly  in moderate numbers.

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Berkeley Aquatic Park, Alameda, California, US Jan 1, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2.0 mile(s)
34 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Northern Shoveler  5
American Wigeon  3
Mallard  X
Mallard (Domestic type)  X
Canvasback  5
Greater Scaup  X
Bufflehead  X
Common Goldeneye  X
Ruddy Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  X
Eared Grebe  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  X
American Coot  X
Black-necked Stilt  10
American Avocet  10
Killdeer  1
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Forster’s Tern  4
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  15
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black Phoebe  1
American Crow  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bushtit  10
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
California Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Townsend’s Warbler  1

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