The Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) is a bird that many of us know well! Large-bodied with long, black necks and a white-and-black head, they have become common in many of our parks and grasslands. They are usually quite tolerant of humans.
San Juan Capistrano has its swallows, celebrated when they return to nest every year. Alameda has its own iconic bird, the California Least Terns, that every year migrates back to their nesting grounds at Alameda Point on a reserve that was once a runway for the former Naval Air Station.
Western bluebirds are favorites of many, with the male’s brilliant royal-blue colors and rusty breast. The species has long been seen on Alameda Point perching near the soccer fields and using the nest boxes installed for them near Crab Cove.