Thursday, July 30, 2015

San Francisco Birding - 22 Jul 2015

Western Gull w/ blue eyes!
Robin and I flew into San Francisco International Airport this morning via Delta Airlines. She is here for a weekend conference and I'm going to occupy myself with birds. I was glad I had Hertz Gold Membership thru work because there were 3 dozen people standing in line waiting for their cars. I could just head to the garage and go. The lines at Hertz were a sign of things to be, 'cause we soon learned what it was going to be like driving in SF...

We were going to try to drive by the Hilton Union Square then look for something to eat. It was soon very apparent that there are no parking spots in the entire city. So, we drove on and decided to go see Golden Gate Park. Still no place to park, so we drove on to Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the ocean. It turned out to be a great decision because we found a nice restaurant (Beach Chalet Restaurant) with a great view of the ocean, and it even had parking! We ate lunch while I scanned the shoreline for Western and California Gulls, Brandt's Cormorants, and Brown Pelicans.

Common Raven
From there we drove south along the coast and stopped just long enough to get some pics of the numerous Common Ravens and Brewer's Blackbirds hanging out along the coast. I tried to find a Band-tailed Pigeon among a couple dozen Rock Pigeons, but wasn't lucky enough.
Robin then decided that she wanted to see the famous Lombard Street and its twisting turns and steep hill driving. We took it downhill among the hundreds of tourists, and wondered how anyone could live on such steep roads. I think the nearby straight up and down streets were just as bad, especially when GPS kept kicking out while trying to get back to the hotel. Dinner at Johnny Foley's Irish Pub was a nice end to the day.


Rictal bristles are half the length of the culmen (upper bill).
On smaller Chihuahuan Ravens the rictal brushes are more than
half the length of the culmen.

Brewer's Blackbird


1 comment:

Cathy Carroll said...

Hi Jerry, you and Robin have probably returned by now. A nice place to go in SF is the Botanical Garden. I'm going in October, so looking forward to your other posts.

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