Napa Valley

Napa, California

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Napa Valley is renowned worldwide for its wines. North of the city of Napa, the wineries line the road from Yountville to Calistoga, and the crowds are heavy on holidays and weekends. However, excellent birding opportunities also exist in Napa Valley, sometimes only a short distance from the bustling tourists. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Wood Duck; Osprey; Golden Eagle; Western Screech-Owl; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Spotted Owl; Nuttall’s Woodpecker; Hutton’s Vireo; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Rock Wren; Western Bluebird; Wrentit; Rufous-crowned Sparrow; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Black-throated Gray Warbler; Black-headed Grosbeak. Winter—Bald Eagle, Say’s Phoebe, Varied Thrush. 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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"Napa Valley is renowned worldwide for its wines. North of the city of Napa, the wineries line the road from Yountville to Calistoga, and the crowds are heavy on holidays and weekends. However, excellent birding opportunities also exist in Napa Valley, sometimes only a short distance from the bustling tourists. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Wood Duck; Osprey; Golden Eagle; Western Screech-Owl; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Spotted Owl; Nuttall’s Woodpecker; Hutton’s Vireo; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Rock Wren; Western Bluebird; Wrentit; Rufous-crowned Sparrow; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Black-throated Gray Warbler; Black-headed Grosbeak. Winter—Bald Eagle, Say’s Phoebe, Varied Thrush. 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."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Napa
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Winter for most birds; April through July for summer breeders.
Local Contacts: Bothe–Napa Valley State Park; Napa River Ecological Reserve
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Napa Valley

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May 2018