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Candlestick Park, San Francisco (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Map of Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) California Darkling Beetle (Coelocnemis californica) Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) Forsters Tern (Sterna forsteri) Dunlin (Calidris alpina) Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Breeding Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) Male Winter
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) Forsters Tern (Sterna forsteri) Non-breeding Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Male Bicolor American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) Male Breeding Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Female
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Spotted Sandpiper (Tringa macularia) Nonbreeding Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) Common Raven (Corvus corax) White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) Male Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) Female
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) Male Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Juvenile Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) Common Raven (Corvus corax) Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Candlestick Park is where the 49ers played, and where the Giants used to play. Next to the park, the shoreline is open landfill with access to the bay. The offshore birding can be exceptional. I have seen huge rafts of various ducks, and gulls are also very frequent here. To get to some of the best birding, you need to get into some of the dingier areas, but it is also quite easy to park your car and walk out to a pier where ducks sometimes congregate. Don't forget to check the grasslands for species not often seen in San Francisco.


San Francisco 2007

1/1/2007: This was part of the New Years all day birding blitz done by me and a friend

2/5/2007: Bike ride to Candlestick Point.



5/21/2007: Estimated date

Next Visit (Golden Gate Park - Lily Pond: 1/1/2007)

Species Recorded (84)

Birds ( 80 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis

Loons ( Gaviidae )
Common Loon - Gavia immer

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

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

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
White-faced Ibis - Plegadis chihi

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila
Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola
American Wigeon - Mareca americana
Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata
Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

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

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Merlin - Falco columbarius

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
American Coot - Fulica americana

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

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
Black Oystercatcher - Haematopus bachmani

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
Dunlin - Calidris alpina
Western Sandpiper - Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus
Marbled Godwit - Limosa fedoa
Long-billed Curlew - Numenius americanus
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
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

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Black Phoebe - Sayornis nigricans
Say's Phoebe - Sayornis saya
Western Kingbird - Tyrannus verticalis

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina

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

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Bushtit - Psaltriparus minimus

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Rock Wren - Salpinctes obsoletus

Kinglets ( Regulidae )
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Corthylio calendula

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
American Robin - Turdus migratorius

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

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

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus


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