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Birding Northern California
by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)
Lake Merced is regarded by many birders as offering some of the best birding in the city of San Francisco. Much of the lake is surrounded by marsh and heavy willow growth, providing cover both for water birds and small passerines. Specialty birds: Resident—Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Summer—Allen’s Hummingbird; Violet-green and Bank Swallows. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Varied Thrush; Townsend’s Warbler. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
Urban Trails San Francisco
by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)
Located in the Lakeshore neighborhood in southwestern San Francisco, Lake Merced is part of 614-acre Lake Merced Park, a favorite spot for walkers, runners, boaters, and anglers. The lake is the largest in San Francisco, and is one of just a few remaining natural lakes in the city. Four lakes actually form Lake Merced: North, East, South, and Impound.
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