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February Bird Walk: Early migrants

February 17 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

It’s a relatively quiet time at the park in February, with most birds still at their wintering grounds to the south. But as early spring begins to unfold, the first migratory birds will start to return to China Camp, and we’ll be on the lookout for them on this month’s birding hike. 

Typically, the first migrants to arrive are two similar-looking species: violet-green swallows and tree swallows. These insect-eaters with iridescent green and blue backs are easiest to spot swooping and turning in the air above the park’s broad meadows. As we walk, we’ll talk about how to identify birds in the field using four key factors—size and shape, overall color, behavior, and habitat. China Camp offers six different habitats and we will discuss the advantages of each.

Sturdy walking shoes are required. Dress in layers for changeable weather. Bring a full water bottle and snacks.

Date: Saturday, February 17 

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Turtle Back Nature Trail trailhead

Difficulty: Easy, 2-mile walk

Cost: Free for FOCC members ($5 donation appreciated for non-members)

Ages: 12 and up (under age 18 must be accompanied by parent or responsible adult)

ADA Accessible: No


Photo: tree swallows by Jerry Coe/FOCC volunteer


February 17
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Friends of China Camp
(415) 456-0766
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Turtle Back Trailhead