April is the beginning of nesting season for many Bay Area birds. The majority nest April through June, mostly due to the availability of regional food. A tip: if you ever are reincarnated, you may want to think twice about coming back as a female house finch; per season they can have up to 3-4 broods, with about 5 eggs per clutch. Phew! Think of the babysitting fees! These colorful seed-eating birds are easy to ID and are often found happily tweet-tweet-deedlee-deeting a beautiful and distinctive song. Males have a red head and breast with patchy brown verticle stripes; females are more muted in color so as to not attract predators when nesting. These and other birds work so hard to make nests to protect their babies, so please note that it is a federal offense to prune trees during nesting season which is April through August!
Want more tips on how and where to spot these and other springtime birds? Join our upcoming beginning birding seminar, led by naturalist Jerry Coe. During our online event, Jerry will show you how to identify common birds in the field and how to use essential tools like binoculars and bird guides. You will also learn how to identify birds by observing flight patterns, noting body shapes and sizes, hearing songs, and watching behaviors.
Jerry Coe is a naturalist with over eight years of intensive training in ornithological field identification. He spent 15 years as a volunteer in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park, using bird activities to assess the health of habitats. Jerry has also guided outdoor expeditions all over the world.
Date: Friday, April 16
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Zoom meeting (details emailed once space is reserved)
Space is limited; reservations required.
Free. Donations are appreciated.
Cancellations notified via email.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 456-0766.
Photo credit: House finch by © Martina Nordstrand; Macaulay Library