Mines Road and Del Puerto Canyon

Livermore, California

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Mines Road and Del Puerto Canyon are popular with birders because they provide access to the heart of the dry interior Coast Range mountains. The roads are paved and are reasonably good, although the section of Mines Road from MP 11.8 to MP 20 in Alameda County is narrow and lacks a white center line. Traffic is usually light, which is nice for birding, but it can lull you into a false sense of security. Watch for traffic—almost all birding is done from the roadside. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck; Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Greater Roadrunner; Western Screech-Owl; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Whitethroated Swift; Lewis’s and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers; Say’s Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Yellow-billed Magpie; Rock and Canyon Wrens; Western Bluebird; California Thrasher; Phainopepla; Rufouscrowned and Sage Sparrows; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Lesser Nighthawk; Common Poorwill; Costa’s Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Ash-throated Flycatcher; Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds; Violetgreen Swallow; Black-chinned Sparrow; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting; Lawrence’s Goldfinch. Winter—Bald Eagle. 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.
Birding Northern California

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Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

Mines Road and Del Puerto Canyon are popular with birders because they provide access to the heart of the dry interior Coast Range mountains. The roads are paved and are reasonably good, although the section of Mines Road from MP 11.8 to MP 20 in Alameda County is narrow and lacks a white center line. Traffic is usually light, which is nice for birding, but it can lull you into a false sense of security. Watch for traffic—almost all birding is done from the roadside. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck; Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Greater Roadrunner; Western Screech-Owl; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Whitethroated Swift; Lewis’s and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers; Say’s Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Yellow-billed Magpie; Rock and Canyon Wrens; Western Bluebird; California Thrasher; Phainopepla; Rufouscrowned and Sage Sparrows; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Lesser Nighthawk; Common Poorwill; Costa’s Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Ash-throated Flycatcher; Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds; Violetgreen Swallow; Black-chinned Sparrow; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting; Lawrence’s Goldfinch. Winter—Bald Eagle. 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.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Livermore
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Mid-April to July.
Local Contacts: Del Valle Regional Park; Frank Raines Regional Park.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mines Road and Del Puerto Canyon

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