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Lake Merced , San Francisco (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Lake Merced , San Francisco

Map of Lake Merced , San Francisco

Blow Fly (Compsomyiops callipes) Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) Common Raven (Corvus corax) Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis)
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) California Gull (Larus californicus) Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) - Female California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) - 2nd Winter
Western Yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Female Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Male Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta)
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 1st Winter Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) Huttons Vireo (Vireo huttoni) Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaria) Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1st Year Male Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) Adult and Juvenile Clarks Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) Clarks Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) Adult and Juvenile Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis) American Coot (Fulica americana) American Tree-Creeper (Certhia americana)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) on Statue Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Lake Merced is actually two lakes. The best spots for birding are on South Lake Merced, from the concrete bridge, North Lake Merced, from the wooden bridge. A third spot worth checking out is the boathouse area. There are a few fishing piers that get you into the bullrush, a great spot for finding marsh passerines.


San Francisco 2007








Previous Visit (Heron's Head Park: 1/25/2007)
Next Visit (Ocean Beach: 1/29/2007)

Species Recorded (101)

Birds ( 97 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis

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

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Double-crested Cormorant - Nannopterum auritum

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Green Heron - Butorides virescens

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Greater White-fronted Goose - Anser albifrons
Ring-necked Duck - Aythya collaris
Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata
Cinnamon Teal - Spatula cyanoptera

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus

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

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Red Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius
Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Bonaparte's Gull - Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus
Short-billed Gull - Larus brachyrhynchus
California Gull - Larus californicus
Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis
Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens
Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus
Western Gull - Larus occidentalis

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

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna
Allen's Hummingbird - Selasphorus sasin

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus
Nuttall's Woodpecker - Dryobates nuttallii
Downy Woodpecker - Dryobates pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker - Dryobates villosus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Western Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis
Black Phoebe - Sayornis nigricans
Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Cliff Swallow - Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Bank Swallow - Riparia riparia
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis
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
Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Bushtit - Psaltriparus minimus

Nuthatches ( Sittidae )
Pygmy Nuthatch - Sitta pygmaea

Treecreepers ( Certhiidae )
Brown Creeper - Certhia americana

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Marsh Wren - Cistothorus palustris

Kinglets ( Regulidae )
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Corthylio calendula
Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Hermit Thrush - Catharus guttatus
Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius
American Robin - Turdus migratorius

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
California Thrasher - Toxostoma redivivum

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

Vireos ( Vireonidae )
Warbling Vireo - Vireo gilvus
Hutton's Vireo - Vireo huttoni
Philadelphia Vireo - Vireo philadelphicus

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla
Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas
Orange-crowned Warbler - Leiothlypis celata
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata
Hermit Warbler - Setophaga occidentalis
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia
Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis
Swamp Sparrow - Melospiza georgiana
Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia
California Towhee - Melozone crissalis
Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis
Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca
Golden-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia atricapilla
White-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus
Tricolored Blackbird - Agelaius tricolor
Brewer's Blackbird - Euphagus cyanocephalus
Bullock's Oriole - Icterus bullockii
Brown-headed Cowbird - Molothrus ater
Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus
Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus
Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra


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