Birding is dorky—there, we said it. There’s nothing cool about donning a big floppy hat and a pair of binoculars and heading into the woods to check a new songbird off of your list.
But we’re into it anyway. Because time spent outdoors isn’t (always) about getting a new Facebook profile picture… sometimes it’s actually about finding a sense of peace through communion with nature. And that’s what birding is all about. So this week, we rounded up our favorite hikes for spotting birds in the Bay Area.
Walk with stilts in Coyote Hills
Coyote Hills Regional Park is surrounded by cattails and bulrushes, making it a haven for herons, egrets, ducks, and other marshland birds. But the park’s crown jewels are its black-necked stilts: black and white birds with long, bright pink legs. They travel in flocks of 20 or 30, which are a sight to behold.