Birding at Foothills Nature Preserve
Trip Covers: Year-round
Key Birds: Red-tailed Hawk, California Quail, Gadwall (winter), Western Bluebird, Acorn Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Townsend’s Warbler (winter)
How to Bird
After 51 years of a Palo Alto residents-only policy, Foothills Nature Preserve is now officially open to all. Bordered by Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills, Arastradero-Pearson Preserve, and Los Trancos Open Space, Foothills Nature Preserve has over 1,400 acres of diverse habitat, animals, and, of course, BIRDS to explore and discover; upwards of 90 different bird species!
We’ve chosen three stops with a couple of optional walks to help get you started in exploring this park. Your first stop will be just after entering the park where you will take a short, flat walk to the lake. Your second stop will be deeper into the park to explore a shady picnic area and walk through a small valley bounded by chaparral covered hillsides. For your third stop, you’ll drive up a small hill to enjoy the views of the bay.
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