Mount Tamalpais

San Rafael, California

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Marin County has to be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the country. Besides the spectacular views of the Golden Gate (see the description for Marin Headlands), there are also the magnificent groves at Muir Woods, the road along Bolinas Ridge, and, of course, Point Reyes. One problem is that everyone wants to go to Marin County on the weekends. You can beat the game by getting out early, or by going during the week if you can. Specialty birds: Resident—Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Screech-Owl, Spotted Owl, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Allen’s Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Violet-green Swallow; Black-throated Gray and Hermit Warblers; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting; Bullock’s Oriole. 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.
Birding Northern California

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Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

Marin County has to be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the country. Besides the spectacular views of the Golden Gate (see the description for Marin Headlands), there are also the magnificent groves at Muir Woods, the road along Bolinas Ridge, and, of course, Point Reyes. One problem is that everyone wants to go to Marin County on the weekends. You can beat the game by getting out early, or by going during the week if you can. Specialty birds: Resident—Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Screech-Owl, Spotted Owl, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, Wrentit, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Allen’s Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Violet-green Swallow; Black-throated Gray and Hermit Warblers; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting; Bullock’s Oriole. 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.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: San Rafael
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April through June for breeding species; October through April for winter residents.
Local Contacts: Mount Tamalpais State Park;
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Tamalpais

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