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Any local or non local Californians have spots for San Fran area. I know all about ebird, but I am looking for first hand local advice. Need to stay fairly local to San Fran, but will probably be around the area for work during the week between SF-San Jose.  Planning to hit Don Edwards NWR and PIER 39 for sea lions. Won't have a whole lot of time to bird so need to make the best of it chasing lifers(knowing there are wildfires in the areas):

CA Condor, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mtn Quail, Surfbird, Lewis's WP, RB Sapsucker, Tropical or Cassin's Kingbird, YB Magpie, Townsend's Solitaire, California Thrasher, Rufous crowned Sparrow, Bell's Sparrow, Tri-colored Blackbird, Lawerence's Goldfinch


Easy targets(i think): LB Curlew, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Acorn WP, Nuttall's WP Pygmy Nuthatch,GC Sparrow


Not much time to plan so any advice certainly appreciated.



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Well, first let me say after 65 views... thanks for the ideas everyone...:classic_laugh:  Anyway, and in case anyone was wondering, on my business(not much birding time) trip I managed 102 species which included 15 lifers. Tried for a nearby Tropical Kingbird 2x in Walnut Creek... but missed both times and was hoping a Prairie Falcon would show in Mt. Diablo State Park... but not in the cards.

1 Clark's Grebe  

2. Long-billed Curlew         

3. Surfbird (such fat birds)

4. Wandering Tattler

5.  Rock Sandpiper

6. Acorn Woodpecker

7. Nuttall's Woodpecker

8. Pygmy Nuthatch

9. Ferruginous Hawk

10. Anna's Hummingbird

11. Allen's Hummingbird

12. Oak Titmouse

13.Golden-crowned Sparrow

14. Rufous-Crowned Sparrow

15. Red-breasted Sapsucker


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