Monterey Bay Birding Festival and Family Day Activities September 27th and 28th


Monterey Bay is a popular destination for tourists…but did you know it is also home to one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife sites in North America?

September is the best time to see wintering shorebirds and is the peak of fall migration for many bird species…which is why the Monterey Bay Birding Festival is held during the month of September.

The 10th annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival is happening now through Sunday, September 28th. For more about the birding festival, visit the festival’s website, here. Excerpt:

Word Class Birding

From soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend’s warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean’s surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region.

September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There’s no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.

Extraordinary Presenters 

This year’s lineup of nightly speakers, headed by author, artist, naturalist and conservationist Kenn Kaufman, simply soars.  Continue reading…

Photo gallery above, my amateur, first attempts at taking photos of shore birds taken at Moss Landing, with my NOT fancy camera.

So far, and as of today, September 26th, 2014, birding festival attendees have spotted most of the birds on this year’s festival checklist.  Wow, and there are still 2 more days to go!.

Birding Festival 2014 bird sightings web

In conjunction with the festival, there are also terrific (and free) family community events happening this weekend including a Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale organized by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch poster link

For more information on the native plant sale, click on the flyer above, and for more on the nature activities, bird watching and exploration walks for Family Days at the Watsonville’s Nature Center, see / click on the Family Days flyer below or call 831.768-1622.

Family Days poster

Native Leaf will exhibit at the Birder’s marketplace on Friday and Saturday. Visit Native Leaf’s website (news and blog page) for more details on hours and marketplace location.

Spectacular nature photographers (like Ooh Look Photography) as well as authors and artists specializing in exquisite bird, nature and wildlife art are also exhibiting at this year’s marketplace.

3 thoughts on “Monterey Bay Birding Festival and Family Day Activities September 27th and 28th

  1. I love the photos of the birds. Well done for your first avian shots. You capture such great topics! Your article is a good source of information for general nature enthusiast. I’m not a ‘twitcher’ as I understand the term to be for avian enthusiast but I do love nature and constantly welcome any opportunity to capture nature moments from my own backyard and nature walks (when I have time). Where we live, we are lucky to still have an abundance of cardinals, warbles, wrens and red-bellied woodpeckers (that are not shy of humans at all) which is such a treat to see. Once in a path where I jog, I saw a Barred Owl! How cool is that!?! Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Thank you for the wonderful comment 🙂

      I am amazed (and jealous) of people who remember bird names, or identify plants and flowers during walks.

      Someday, when I have more time, I’d like to learn more about the different bird species where we live and beyond — I read there are over 10,000, worldwide!

      I will edit the post to add the bird names of my first shore bird photos. And of course, promptly forget the names. Well, maybe except for the white one (the young snowy egret — a type of Heron), which we see often around here. I learned that the snowy egret’s plume was once in great demand for use in women’s fashion (hats). Thank goodness that fad went away or they may not have been any left by now.

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