Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR has been classified as a Globally Important Bird Area because of its California Clapper Rails, Western Snowy Plovers, Northern Shovelers (winter), Ruddy Ducks (winter), and Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers (spring migration). Millions of birds are here in winter, with great rafts of ducks on the open water and thousands of shorebirds per mile along the edges at times. The winter counts of Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets are often the highest in the nation. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Wrentit, Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Cinnamon Teal. Winter—Long-billed Curlew; Mew and Thayer’s Gulls; Tricolored Blackbird. 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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