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 leading three hikes at Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo SP through MDIA this summer to listen for, and possibly see Common Poorwills. Join me on June 23, July 21, or August 11! Reservations required.

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.

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







Birding by Ear – Ten Tips on how to start birding by ear