In the summer you can also experience close-ups from the seabird colonies as they rest on the cliff edge.
You might spot an Osprey carrying a fish across the water to its chicks, to a mate sitting on the nest, or over to a perch to eat it solo.
That exposure to DDT caused Ospreys’ egg shells to become thin and break before hatching. Since then, their numbers have grown from just 1,500 nesting pairs nationally in the 1970s to over 10,000 pairs today.
San Francisco Bay has seen a dramatic growth in Osprey nests in recent years.
In San Francisco, one Osprey pair used “caution” tape to help build their nest! Look for the white head, white breast, dark eye patch, and hooked beak.
Flying overhead, their wings make a sharp M or W pattern rather than a gentle curve.