|Bird Watching in Eden Landing Ecological Reserve
in San Francisco Bay
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One of many avocet that we saw when we came for bird watching in Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in
San Francisco Bay at Hayward, California on November 22, 2020. The avocet is a distinctively-patterned
black and white wader with a long up-curved beak.
Zoom in for a close up view of the long, thin, up-curving bill of avocet. Avocet sweep their curved beaks from
side to side underwater as they slowly walk through shallow water – often times in groups. This sweeping
action stirs up aquatic insects, crustaceans, small fish and seeds which allow the birds to filter and eat.
This is the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Parking lot on Eden Landing Road between Arden Rd and San
Francisco Bay Trail in Hayward, California 94545 as shown on this interactive Google Map. It has parking
space for about 22 cars. It took us only 25 minutes of driving to reach this parking lot.
From the parking lot, visitors walk on this Eden Landing Road for about 360 yards to the end which is a
Staging Area at Mt Eden Creek. Then visitors take a short bridge to cross the Mt. Eden Creek to reach the
San Francisco Bay Shore for bird watching. The Eden Landing Bay Trail primarily follows the perimeter of
the restored and managed wetlands and provides year-round public access for wildlife viewing.
One of several wetlands and Wildlife Ponds in the 6,000 acres of Former Salt Evaporation Ponds in Eden
Landing Ecological Reserve in San Francisco Bay near the east end of San Mateo Bridge in Hayward as
shown in this interactive Google Map. Even thought there are many birds in here, they are spread out in very
large areas such that many birds are very far away.
When Avocet are out of water, we can see that they have very long legs as waders.
Managed salt ponds and diked areas in Eden Landing Ecological Reserve support resident shorebirds such as
stilts and avocet, as well as terns and willets.
Many avocet are busily eating something in the shallow water. Avocet forage in shallow fresh and saltwater
wetlands, salt ponds, impoundments, and evaporation ponds.
Zoom in on some avocet in the air very far away with long bills and long legs.
Zoom in on the distinctive black and white patterns of avocet in the air very far away.
Top-down view of the black and white patterns of avocet in the air.
I zoomed in and took a movie of many avocet in the air and on the water very far away as shown in the
following YouTube movie. There were also some other kind of brown colored birds in the air near the end of
this movie clip.
I had to use the 65X optical zoom of my compact super-zoom camera to zoom in to be able to see them well.
There are many miles of hiking trails on the levee and dikes for bird watchers, hikers and bikers to enjoy.
We also saw some egrets in action in this Ecological Reserve.
Zoom in on some other dark colored water birds on the water in this Ecological Reserve.
I zoomed in and took a movie of two groups of dark colored water birds flying low just above the water
surface as shown in this YouTube Movie. Again, there are a lot of wind noise in the movie due to a windy day.
From time to time, large groups of water birds fly high in the sky over Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. I
zoomed in and took some pictures of them flying high and far away.
Some stilts with very long legs. When they are sleeping, they stand on a single long leg.
Another stilt looking for something to eat.
Zoom in on two of several terns in action far away.
One of the great blue herons with long legs as waders in Mt. Eden Creek.
One of the egrets with long legs as waders in Mt. Eden Creek.
Another egret in the wetlands in Eden Landing Ecological Reserve.
Some shorebirds on the wetlands in Eden Landing Ecological Reserve.
The huge area of Eden Landing Ecological Reserve with exposed mudflats in San Francisco Bay as viewed
from Hayward Highland, California.
The Eden Landing Ecological Reserve is approximately 6,400 acres of restored salt ponds, adjacent diked
marshes, and transitional areas to uplands that are managed for resident and migratory water birds and tidal
marsh habitats and species.
A stilt and an avocet standing in the shallow water.
Some more shorebirds.
Zoom in on two white pelicans and some avocet very far away.
Row of tall steel towers of high voltage power lines in parallel with San Mateo Bridge as viewed from Eden
Landing Ecological Reserve.
Approximately 4 miles of new Bay Trail spur segments were opened in 2016. From the main staging area at
the end of Eden Landing Road, the year-round spur trail crosses over Mount Eden Creek and continuing along
managed ponds, the slough and marsh until terminating at a shoreline viewing area approximately 2 miles into
Zoom in on many gulls standing on a dike very far away.
More water birds and seagulls.
Zoom in on many avocet on the water and in the air very far away.
The large wildlife ponds (i.e., former salt evaporation ponds) are separated by levees and dikes. The Coyote
Hills in Fremont is visible at the far end to the south.
Zoom in even more on many gulls standing or sitting on the dike very far away.
Zoom in some more on many avocet very far away.
Interpretive exhibit at the Staging Area at the end of Eden Landing Road on Mt. Eden Creek.
Zoom in on another tern (white colored) in action very far away.
The upper part of the toll gate of San Mateo Bridge is visible on the right side of this picture.
Hayward Highland as viewed from Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. The views of San Francisco Bay from
Hayward Highland are spectacular.
Zoom in on some brown colored water birds in action in the air very far away.
Long legs of avocet.
Long legs of avocet. There are other kinds of water birds beside avocet, on the water.
Another view of an egret with long legs in the air.
May be northern Shoveler.