For students of my birding classes and everyone interested in learning more about the birds and bird sounds in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I will be teaching a six week  Birding by Ear  early spring classes through Golden Gate Audubon Society.  Field trip locations for the winter session will be Valle Vista, Hidden Lakes Park in Martinez, Richmond Shoreline, Mitchell Canyon, Inspiration Point, Tilden RP, and Five Brooks in Marin County. This class is currently full. I will also be teaching a later spring class, beginning in April. 

GGAS Birding Hot Spot Vollmer Peak.  For my Birding by ear classes, each spring I schedule Dawn Chorus walks on Vollmer Peak, Tilden Regional Park.  Read my article to get an idea about birding on this lovely trail.

Take a look at the course from The Cornell Lab on How to Identify Bird Songs.

Do you miss spring bird sounds?  Here is a Western Bluebird singing his dawn song at Inspiration Point, Tilden Park in late May.


A female Nuttall’s Woodpecker give the “Kweek” call at the beginning of this movie (Red-breasted Nuthatch singing in the background). Recorded in Orinda, CA on 19 March 2017.

April bird sounds recorded at Diablo Foothills – downloadable from SoundCloud

Cooper’s Hawk “Whaa” call.   Recorded 23 December 2015 at Diablo Foothills Regional Park, Walnut Creek.

The Official California Checklist by the California Bird Records Committee – Follows the new AOU changes!

Burrowing Owls - July 2013