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Introducing the Birds of Heather Farm
October 29, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Sunday October 29, 8:30-10:30AM and
Wednesday November 1, 8:30-10:30AM
Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek is an underrated birding spot, home to dozens of resident species and attracting many migrants as well!
We’ll meet at the overlook of the Natural Lake, on the west side of North San Carlos Drive about 100 yards beyond the community center.
Meeting point GPS: 37.921260813409184, -122.04358260674651
At 8:30AM an experienced birder or two will be on hand to demonstrate how to properly use binoculars, and to discuss birding guidebooks and apps. We’ll begin scanning the lake too, looking to see which ducks and other birds might be arriving to spend the winter.
When we’re good and ready, we’ll set off on a walk around the lake and adjacent Nature Area—an easy stroll of about half a mile on mostly level, accessible trails. Along the way we’ll hope to see and hear sparrow, finch, woodpecker and warbler, along with nuthatch and dove. Wrens, thrushes, raptors and heron are often found here too—though in birding, as in life, nothing is guaranteed! Our guides will explain what features on the birds to look for, that help tell one from the other. We should be done around 10:30, or 11 if the birding is especially good.
Birders of all experience levels are welcome! Binoculars will be available to borrow for those who need them. Trip will go on in gray weather, but rain or high wind cancels.
Image of White-breasted Nuthatch by Matt Tarlach