Palo Alto Baylands and Shoreline at Mountain View

Palo Alto, California

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Palo Alto Baylands is one of the best-known birding sites in the Bay Area. Its 1,500 acres include an extensive salt marsh where Clapper and Black Rails are both regularly seen. (The California Black Rail is classified as statelisted threatened, and the California Clapper Rail is classified as federally and state-listed endangered.) In addition to salt marsh, there are some freshwater marsh, extensive mudflats, and open grassy areas. Shoreline at Mountain View has much of the same kinds of habitats. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Clapper Rail, Burrowing Owl, Western Meadowlark. Summer—Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Least Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Black Rail, Long-billed Curlew, Thayer’s Gull, Short-eared Owl, 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.

Palo Alto Baylands and Shoreline at Mountain View Professional Review and Guide

"Palo Alto Baylands is one of the best-known birding sites in the Bay Area. Its 1,500 acres include an extensive salt marsh where Clapper and Black Rails are both regularly seen. (The California Black Rail is classified as statelisted threatened, and the California Clapper Rail is classified as federally and state-listed endangered.) In addition to salt marsh, there are some freshwater marsh, extensive mudflats, and open grassy areas. Shoreline at Mountain View has much of the same kinds of habitats. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Clapper Rail, Burrowing Owl, Western Meadowlark. Summer—Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Least Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Black Rail, Long-billed Curlew, Thayer’s Gull, Short-eared Owl, 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."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Palo Alto
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best August to March; shorebirds begin arriving in August; high tides in December and January are best for Black Rail.
Local Contacts: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve;
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Palo Alto Baylands and Shoreline at Mountain View

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May 2018