Birds and Brews

As many are aware, iNaturalist is not only a great resource for animals, plants, fungi, and other non-human life, it's an awesome way to meet other nature nerds, and I had the pleasure of birding at four different spots around San Francisco by with Liam O'Brien ( @robberfly ) and Donna Pomeroy ( @dpom ), both folks who I've met through iNaturalist. Liam and I relied on Donna's bird expertise to find two lifers, Barrow's Goldeneye and Cackling Goose (in this case an Aleutian Cackling Goose), and saw some amazing raptor action at Arrowhead Marsh, where two Peregrine Falcons and a Northern Harrier were hunting. One Peregrine was successful, hopefully Donna and Liam got some decent pictures of the whole thing. Here are Donna and Liam at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.

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The impetus for this trek around the bay was the East Bay iNaturalist Happy Hour organized by Ken-ichi Ueda ( @kueda ). Discussing awesomely nerdy topics, such as gulls vs galls, over some beers, was a lot of fun, and I am guessing is unprecedented in a bar setting.

If you'd like to organize and iNat Happy Hour in your area, go for it!

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Back row from left to right: @constance, @robberfly, @tiwane, @danielled83, @sea-kangaroo, @kueda. Front row from left to right: @dpom and @folini.

Other iNatters came after this photo was taken, so feel free to add them in the comments.

Posted by tiwane tiwane, December 16, 2015 05:41

Observations

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What

Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica

Observer

tiwane

Date

December 15, 2015 10:54 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

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What

Aleutian Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii ssp. leucopareia

Observer

tiwane

Date

December 15, 2015 11:57 AM PST

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Such a Good Day! Fantastic New Lifers ( cuz other iNaters know More than me even In my own Backyard...) And BEER at the end-of-the-day with other's in an Oakland bar. Thanks Tony and Donna - I'm humbled...in the silence...of listening to one another afield. " All that I love rushes in like a momentary vacuum...and.....I am at one. " - Nabokov.

Posted by robberfly almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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I am sorry I missed this, it sounds awesome and I am so nearby in San Francisco this week. I am, however, engaged with my own nerd convergence with 2500 marine mammal biologists at a conference this week. Maybe we need to plan a Monterey Bay iNat night! INat was mentioned in one of the talks I attended today!

Posted by gbentall almost 5 years ago (Flag)

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