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Birds of Merritt, a visual guide to 70 Lake Merritt birds.
A variation of this visual guide was first published for Lake Merritt Institute, 2014. Birds listed in alphabetical order.
All photos taken at Lake Merritt ©lakemerritt.org by John Kirkmire. Thanks to
Hilary Powers and Ted Pierce for their birding mentorship.
NOTE: When trying to identify birds keep in mind some birds are migratory and some birds change plumage during the mating season.
Males are usually more colorful than their female counterparts who often appear in muted colors of brown and gray.
Juveniles will more than likely take on the coloring of the females until maturing. There are over 100 different types of birds at LM during the year.
Click on picture to identify bird.
Lakeside Park bird walks the 4th Wednesday of each month.
Meet at geodesic dome near Nature Center, 9:30 a.m.
Birds of Merritt slideshow video
If you spot an injured bird, contact the Lakeside Park Nature Center, (510) 238-3739
Birds identified and photographed at Lake Merritt
: american coot, american crow, american goldfinch, american robin, american white pelican, anna's hummingbird, barrow's goldeneye, belted kingfisher, bewick’s wren, black-crowned night heron, black phoebe, black-throated gray warbler, brewer’s blackbird, brown pelican, bufflehead, bushtit, california gull, california towhee, canada geese, canvasback, caspian tern, cayuga duck, cedar waxwing, chestnut-backed chickadee, clark's grebe, cliff swallow, common merganser, common goldeneye, cooper's hawk, dark-eyed junco, domestic geese (brown, grey, white), double-crested cormorant, downy woodpecker, eared grebe, egyptian goose, european starling, falcon, forster's tern, glaucous-winged gull, golden-crown sparrow, great blue heron, great egret, green heron, herring gull, horned grebe, house finch, house sparrow, hybrid duck, lesser goldfinch, mallard, mew gull, mourning dove, muscovy duck, northern rough-winged swallow, nuttall's woodpecker, oak titmouse, orange-crowned warbler, pied-billed grebe, red-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted sapsucker, red-tailed hawk, redhead, rock pigeon, ringed-bill gull, rooster, ruby-crowned kinglet, ruddy duck, scaup (both greater and lesser), snowy egret, song sparrow, stellar's jay, townsend's warbler, tufted duck, violet-green swallow, western bluebird, western grebe, western gull, western scrub-jay, white-crowned sparrow, yellow-rumped warbler…
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