Lake Merritt

Oakland, California

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Lake Merritt is a lake in a park in a big city; nevertheless, it gets large amounts of waterfowl, and sometimes gets rarities. The birds get so accustomed to people that you often can see them at close range. Lake Merritt was the nation’s very first wildlife refuge, created in 1870. Specialty birds: Resident—Anna’s Hummingbird, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit. Summer—Least Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Greater Whitefronted Goose, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser. 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.

Lake Merritt Professional Review and Guide

"Lake Merritt is a lake in a park in a big city; nevertheless, it gets large amounts of waterfowl, and sometimes gets rarities. The birds get so accustomed to people that you often can see them at close range. Lake Merritt was the nation’s very first wildlife refuge, created in 1870. Specialty birds: Resident—Anna’s Hummingbird, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit. Summer—Least Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Greater Whitefronted Goose, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser. 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: Oakland
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November to March is best for waterfowl.
Local Contacts: City of Oakland, Rotary Nature Center.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Merritt

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2017
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Lake Merritt is definitely a gem of Oakland. All of the recent renovations are awesome. It's a great urban area with a lot of walkers, runners, bicyclists and scooters. The birding is great and there are tons of hidden little things to see like the bonsai gardens. Children's Fairyland is right there as well.



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May 2018