Benicia State Recreation Area

Vallejo, California

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Benicia State Recreation Area sits where the flow from the Sacramento–San Joaquin river system meets the incoming tides from San Pablo Bay. The sheltered Southampton Bay adjoins the strait, and provides a resting place for grebes and rafts of ducks in winter. Resident—White-tailed Kite; Black and Clapper Rails. Summer—Brown Pelican, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes. 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)

Benicia State Recreation Area sits where the flow from the Sacramento–San Joaquin river system meets the incoming tides from San Pablo Bay. The sheltered Southampton Bay adjoins the strait, and provides a resting place for grebes and rafts of ducks in winter. Resident—White-tailed Kite; Black and Clapper Rails. Summer—Brown Pelican, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes. 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.

©  John Kemper/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Vallejo
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November to March for grebes, most waterfowl, and wintering sparrows; April to July for breeding songbirds.
Local Contacts: Silverado District, California State Parks.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Benicia State Recreation Area

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