Birding in Golden Gate Park (San Francisco,CA,USA)

With  3 mile long and ½ mile wide and 1,017 acres of area,  the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, USA, is one of the most important urban park of the world because is a great forested area, a important area of migrations birds and recreations area to more 13 million people visits each year.

This spectacular park has  recreation areas, museums, botanical gardens and large areas of forest and bush, and several lakes and ponds, as Stow Lake, Spreckels Lake North Lake, Mallard Lake, South Lake and others.

Refugio  of the fauna of  Californian coast, Golden Gate Park is a special place for watching wildlife, especially birds (birdwatching).

According to public information published on the net by the managing body of the park, there are about 110 species commonly in the park area, but the number reaches 200 contact with migratory birds (1), since the park is an important stopover point for migrating waterbirds and shorebirds following the Pacific Coast flyway.  Several species of birds like Grebes, Ducks, Hawls, Coots, Laridae,Pigeons and Doves, Hummingbirds, Tyrant-flycatchers, Thrushes, Crows, Finches and Sparrows.

In 26 and 27,June 2013, we had (Antonio Silveira and Gianine Luiza) the opportunity to visit the Golden Gate Park, where we observed many species of birds, and mammals such as the gray squirrel and raccon, around six hour of observation.

Below is the list of birds observed for us in park,  in our visits some with records by photo, video or sonds.  By Antonio Silveira


Birds  records in Golden Gate Park by Antonio Silveira

American Coot (Fulica americana) below

American Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) below

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) below

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) below

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) below

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

California Towhee (Pyrgisoma crissale or Pipilo crissalis below

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Common Raven (Corvus corax) below

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) below

Great White Egret (Egretta alba)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) below

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) below

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) below

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) below

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) below

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) below

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) below

Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) below


See this photos and videos in our collaboations in Internet Bird Collection


Some photos of the park

Mallards Lake

North Lake


Big trees.


(1) Birding in Golden Gate Park - SF Recreation and Parks


Antonio Silveira: 02.7.2013. Last update: 12.7.2013.

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