High Tide Weekend 3

Tuesday, January 11, 2005, Led by Steve Shunk

Photos by Bill Walker

91 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall AM
Mallard AM
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Black-crowned Night-Heron LM
Over thirty birds seen on one island at Lake Merritt.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Sora AM
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet AM
Dunlin AM
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit AM
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Nelson's Sparrow AM
<p>This beautiful sparrow was flitting around its rapidly shrinking high tide island, to the delight of nearly two dozen observers who braved the brisk winds for a great lifer.</p> <p>We enjoyed the strong crown stripes and beautiful colors in this striking bird.</p>
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Arrowhead Marsh, CA = AM
Lake Merritt, CA = LM

91 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall AM
Mallard AM
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Black-crowned Night-Heron LM
Over thirty birds seen on one island at Lake Merritt.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Sora AM
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet AM
Dunlin AM
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit AM
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Nelson's Sparrow AM
<p>This beautiful sparrow was flitting around its rapidly shrinking high tide island, to the delight of nearly two dozen observers who braved the brisk winds for a great lifer.</p> <p>We enjoyed the strong crown stripes and beautiful colors in this striking bird.</p>
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Arrowhead Marsh, CA = AM
Lake Merritt, CA = LM

91 Species at 2 Locations

Arrowhead Marsh
Lake Merritt
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Over thirty birds seen on one island at Lake Merritt.
Arrowhead Marsh
Lake Merritt
Arrowhead Marsh
Lake Merritt
Arrowhead Marsh
Lake Merritt
Arrowhead Marsh
Lake Merritt
Arrowhead Marsh
Nelson's Sparrow
<p>This beautiful sparrow was flitting around its rapidly shrinking high tide island, to the delight of nearly two dozen observers who braved the brisk winds for a great lifer.</p> <p>We enjoyed the strong crown stripes and beautiful colors in this striking bird.</p>

Trip Map

Trip Notes

On this last day of our three day tour, we observed very high tide conditions at Crown Memorial State Beach and Arrowhead Marsh. Weather was cool and windy with variable clouds. In both locations, hard-to-see rails were flushed out of their normal haunts, obliging them to seek the top of boardwalks, floating logs, or other highly unlikely perches.

In addition to the species listed, other participants on this trip observed: Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Anna's hummingbird, Forester's tern, short-billed dowitcher, cackling goose.