Beginner Birding Hike

  • Feb 11 - Sep 3, 2023
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

    2605 Adobe Canyon Road
    Kenwood, California 95452
Ticket Price $0.00-$10.00 This event is now over

Join Sugarloaf docent Dana Glei for a ~2.3-mile hike (~300’ elevation change) aimed at beginner birders. We will begin by talking about tools for identifying birds (e.g., bird ID books, binoculars, Merlin app) and tracking your sightings (eBird app). Throughout the hike, we will give you pointers for identifying particular species by sight, sound, flight pattern, and/or behavior.

On the hike, we are likely to see different types of woodpecker, corvids (such as CA scrub jay), raptors (such as red-tailed hawks) and New World sparrows (towhees) and other usual suspects such as Western bluebird, Black Phoebe, CA quail, Violet-Green swallow, and Oak titmouse.

Meet at the White Barn. We’ll start off hiking toward the Observatory and then take Lower Bald Mt. to the Creekside Trail. We'll visit the back deck of the Visitor Center, which is a good site for birding, and backtrack to the Creekside Trail to continue on the Hillside Trail to the lookout vista. We will return along Hillside to the White Barn.

Bring at least a quart of water, sun protection, binoculars, and if you'd like, a bird identification guide and a snack. Wear layers because it is likely to be cold in the early morning. If you are interested in learning how to use the Merlin app (helpful for identifying birds by sound or picture), make sure it's installed on your phone along with the bird pack for US: West Coast before you arrive at the park, as there is no cell reception up the mountain.

Parking fees apply. Heavy rains cancel. 
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Date & Time

Feb 11 - Sep 3, 2023

Venue Details

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

2605 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, California 95452 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
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