I may be in San Francisco for a few days in mid April and I was wondering if the Cali Whatbirders could help me out. I am looking for advice on what birding spots in San Francisco will net me the most lifers. Having never been to the west coast before, I will need alot of western birds. I will need spots that maximize the number of needed species:
Gulls (Heermans, Western, Thayer's, Glaucous-winged) & Shorebirds (Black oyster, Black turnstone, surfbird, tattler, snowy plover) & Cormorants (brandts & pelagic) & pigeon guillemot
Specialty residents (Chestnut-backed chickadee, woodpeckers (acorn, nuttals, red-breasted), rufous crowned sparrow, calif quail, towhee, huttons vireo, bushtit, wrentit, band tailed pigeon)
Migrants leaving and arriving (gc sparrow, townsends warbler, western tanager, bullocks oriole, lazuli bunting, black headed grosbeak, pacific slope flycatcher, western wood pewee)
And, would these birding spots be reacheable through public transportation or is renting a car an absolute must?
Feel free to respond on here or send me a private message!
Thanks in advance!