Birding

Birding Trips

Mt. Diablo Audubon offers over 45 field trips annually for birders of all levels. In a recent year, birders helped to identify 260 species. From an overnight stay in Mt. Lassen to an easygoing amble around Contra Loma Reservoir, chances are we have a trip that’s right for you.

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Young Birders

Are you 9-17 years old (or a parent of someone this age)? Want to get outside and see new places? Want to meet people your age who like birds and nature? Join the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Young Birders Club!

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Grayson Creek Birders

Do you like the idea of birding that serves a larger purpose? Would you enjoy revisiting local sites regularly to see how bird populations shift through seasons and evolve over time? Join the Grayson Creek Birders team.

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East Bay Birding Email Groups

Mt. Diablo Audubon sponsors two East Bay Birding email groups: East Bay Birding-Sightings, which reports the sightings of migrating and unusual birds in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, and the companion East Bay Birding-Discussion, which is for talking about birding topics of a more general nature on the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Birding Resources

Find copies of local birding checklists, order the Breeding Bird Atlas, get guidance on what to do with an injured bird, and access other information related to birding.

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Upcoming Field Trips

Dec 06

MDAS Field Trip—American Canyon Wetlands

DECEMBER 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

American Canyon Wetlands Monday, December 6, 9 AM-Noon Leaders: Chris & Teri Wills, 925-408-5364 A walk out to the wetlands, ponds and sloughs along the Napa River produces many exciting birding opportunities. We expect plenty of waterfowl, raptors, waders, shorebirds and passerines. The parking lot porta-potty was removed in July and may or may not […]

American Canyon CA
Dec 15

2021 East County Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 15

Hold the date for the 20th annual East Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count!  Species and total numbers of birds within this count circle will be censused.  To participate in field trips led by experienced birders on this special occasion, or to tally birds at your yard/feeder if you live within the count circle, contact one of […]

Dec 18

2021 Central County Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 18

Hold the date for the Central Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count, a tradition going back to 1955! Species and total numbers of birds within this count circle will be censused.  To participate in field trips led by experienced birders on this special occasion, or to tally birds at your yard/feeder if you live within the count […]

Jan 03

MDAS Field Trip—Lake Merritt and Arrowhead Marsh–High Tide

JANUARY 3, 2022 @ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lake Merritt and Arrowhead Marsh–High Tide Monday January 3, 8:30 AM-1 PM Leader: Sandy Ritchie, 925-685-8048 Winter ducks on Lake Merritt and other birds usually means easy viewing from the sidewalk. The lake is one of the few places in the Bay Area where Barrow’s Goldeneyes can be seen. An entry fee past the gate […]

Oakland CA
Jan 05

MDAS Field Trip—Putah Creek

JANUARY 5, 2022 @ 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Putah Creek Wednesday, January 5, 8:45AM-2 PM Leader: Maren Smith, 925-322-9477, Susana de Trapaga A great trip to see birds along the creek, including Solano Lake and Lake Berryessa from Monticello Dam. Possible Osprey, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Barrow’s Goldeneye and Hooded Merganser. Dress warmly; this is a cold, windy area. Bring lunch. Exact itinerary to […]

Vacaville CA