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Heron's Head Park, San Francisco (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Heron's Head Park, San Francisco

Map of Heron's Head Park, San Francisco

Red-throated Loon Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis) Common Raven (Corvus corax) Western Sea Slater (Ligia occidentalis) Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) American Wigeon (Mareca americana) Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) Willet (Tringa semipalmata) Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Checkered Periwinkle (Littorina scutulata) Clarks Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii)
California Darkling Beetle (Coelocnemis californica) Willet (Tringa semipalmata) Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1st Summer Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) Alternate Plumage
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) Nonbreeding Plumage Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) Male Herons Head Park Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) Male - Herons Head Park Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) Male
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) nonbreeding Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) In Flight
Forsters Tern (Sterna forsteri) Common Loon (Gavia immer) Nonbreeding Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) Female Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 1st Winter
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) Male

Heron's Head Park is a spit of land that gets you out into the bay a bit with a nearly half mile between the point of the park and Hunter's Point. This was originally landfill, but a small salt marsh has developed, and there are efforts to plant native plants in the park. There was previously a power plant here, but it is actively being deconstructed.


San Francisco 2007










Previous Visit (Islais Creek: 1/10/2007)
Next Visit (Sutro Heights--Baths / Land's End: 1/12/2007)

Species Recorded (95)

Birds ( 91 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis

Loons ( Gaviidae )
Common Loon - Gavia immer
Red-throated Loon - Gavia stellata

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Clark's Grebe - Aechmophorus clarkii
Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis
Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus
Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis
Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Double-crested Cormorant - Nannopterum auritum
Pelagic Cormorant - Urile pelagicus

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila
Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula
Harlequin Duck - Histrionicus histrionicus
American Wigeon - Mareca americana
Eurasian Wigeon - Mareca penelope
Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata
Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus
White-tailed Kite - Elanus leucurus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
American Kestrel - Falco sparverius

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
American Coot - Fulica americana
Ridgway's Rail - Rallus obsoletus

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus
Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
American Avocet - Recurvirostra americana

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
Black Oystercatcher - Haematopus bachmani

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
Sanderling - Calidris alba
Dunlin - Calidris alpina
Western Sandpiper - Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
Rock Sandpiper - Calidris ptilocnemis
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Calidris subruficollis
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus
Marbled Godwit - Limosa fedoa
Long-billed Curlew - Numenius americanus
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes
Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca
Willet - Tringa semipalmata

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia
Short-billed Gull - Larus brachyrhynchus
California Gull - Larus californicus
Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis
Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens
Western Gull - Larus occidentalis
Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri
Elegant Tern - Thalasseus elegans

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura

Barn Owl and Grass-owls ( Tytonidae )
Barn Owl - Tyto alba

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Black Phoebe - Sayornis nigricans
Say's Phoebe - Sayornis saya

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
California Scrub-Jay - Aphelocoma californica
American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven - Corvus corax

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Bushtit - Psaltriparus minimus

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Marsh Wren - Cistothorus palustris

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
American Robin - Turdus migratorius

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Northern Mockingbird - Mimus polyglottos

Waxwings ( Bombycillidae )
Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
California Towhee - Melozone crissalis
Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis
Golden-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia atricapilla
White-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus
Brewer's Blackbird - Euphagus cyanocephalus
Western Meadowlark - Sturnella neglecta

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus
Lesser Goldfinch - Spinus psaltria

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus


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