December Birding Hike
December 16 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 amFree
Look up in the wintry skies over the park this month and you might spy a spectacular snow goose or even a trumpeter swan. These big and beautiful water birds, along with Ross’s geese, sometimes take a break at China Camp as they head to their wintering grounds in the Upper Sacramento Valley. Learn about this great migration and more on this month’s free birding hike with our local expert, Jerry Coe.
On this easy walk, we’ll also be on the lookout for American white pelicans, which overwinter in bay waters before heading to Great Basin breeding grounds in spring. Other likely sightings include Anna’s hummingbirds, which start nesting in winter, as well as spotted towhees, white- and red-breasted nuthatches, and Vaux’s swifts, known to over-winter in the historic smoke stacks at nearby McNear’s brickyard. We’ll also review techniques for identifying birds in the field, including habitat, behavior, bird song, and more.
Bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, layers for changeable weather, and a full water bottle. Registration is required.
Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy, 2-mile walk
Location: Turtle Back Trailhead Parking Lot
Ages: 12+ (ages 12 – 17 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult)
Cost: Free (sliding scale donations appreciated)