I am a birder/field ornithologist from Canada coming to San Fransisco Bay tomorrow, and I will have a couple days for birding, one on the coast, and one for the interior, i.e Sacramento, San Joaquin?
I am experienced in Canadian birding, but I have not birded California at all yet. So maybe a third of the species will be lifers.
I am looking for the best places to efficiently spot the following species:
I am thinking I should check out some spots on the coast, and then head inland. Please advise me of the best regions/spots for these targets.
Common Poorwill (where, & what time of day)
Lesser Nighthawk (where & what time)
Woodpecker: Acorn & Nuttall's
California Thrasher & Towhee
Ash-throated Flycatcher & Black Phoebe
Icterid: Great-tailed Grackle, Tricolored Blackbird, Hooded Oriole
Sparrow (Sage, Black-throated, Black-chinned, Rufous-winged & Grasshopper)
California Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Snowy Plover
Clapper Rail, Black Rail, Yellow Rail & Common Moorhen
Goldfinch (Lesser, Lawrence's)
Extras? Cassin's Kingbird & Costa's Hummingbird (Not sure if I can get this without heading south of San Francisco/parallell inland areas)
Also, should I be looking for Sage Thrasher this time of year? If so, what locations?
Thank you very much,
Christopher Mark Stephens,
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Birding Tour Leader, Pacific Rainforest Tours