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."