Skyline Boulevard

San Mateo, California

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Skyline Boulevard (CA 35) runs down the backbone of the mountains that form the San Francisco peninsula. Much of the route is through redwoods and Douglas-fir forest, but there are also high grassy ridges, giving expansive views into the Bay Area and to the ocean to the west. Specialty birds: Resident—Band-tailed Pigeon, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Allen’s Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Violet-green Swallow; Hermit Warbler; Western Tanager; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting. Winter—Townsend’s Warbler. 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.

Skyline Boulevard Professional Review and Guide

"Skyline Boulevard (CA 35) runs down the backbone of the mountains that form the San Francisco peninsula. Much of the route is through redwoods and Douglas-fir forest, but there are also high grassy ridges, giving expansive views into the Bay Area and to the ocean to the west. Specialty birds: Resident—Band-tailed Pigeon, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Allen’s Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Violet-green Swallow; Hermit Warbler; Western Tanager; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting. Winter—Townsend’s Warbler. 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: San Mateo
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Spring and summer, but all year is good.
Local Contacts: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Skyline Boulevard

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May 2018