Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, June 2, 2017. To Jewel Lake by way of the road and back by way of the Boardwalk.
Visitors from Winston-Salem, Tucson, and Bakersfield. Additional honored guests today were Professors Carolyn Merchant and Charles Sellers of UC, Berkeley.
Today's theme was eponyms (the names of birds given to honor people): we had Swainson's Thrush, Bewick's Wren, Steller's Jay, Allen's Hummingbird, Hutton's Vireo, and Wilson's Warbler. I told stories of these ornithologists and artists, and Prof. Merchant gave me a copy of her 2016 book, Spare the Birds!: George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society. She reprints from the original Audubon Society publication (edited by Grinnell) biographies of Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon, written by Grinnell and serialized in his Audubon Magazine. Prof. Sellers was a founder of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society of Charlotte, North Carolina.
And we had a visit from Denise Wight, our birdsong instructor extraordinare! Thank you to the MoB (many observers) of 40 birders today! And to our Meet-Up birders: Melon, Melinda and Mike!
Here are the 27 species we saw or heard:
Turkey Vulture makes it official!
Black-headed Grosbeak adults feeding fledgeling
Best of Boids!
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