Two thousand years ago, the area of Coyote Hills in the East Bay was teeming with life. The Ohlone Indians and animals of all kinds lived in this wetland along the Bay. Today the Ohlone Indians are no longer there, but Coyote Hills’ mix of marshland, mudflats, and grassy hills is still rich in birdlife—especially now. The paved 3.5-mile Bayview Trail is a good loop for bird-sightings. Bike or walk this tranquil shoreline trail, watching for egrets, herons, mallards, and raptors. In a stunning display, massive white pelicans with nine-foot wingspans cruise in formation above the land. The west side of the Bayview Trail rolls gently next to the Bay; take a break on one of the benches and watch the aerial antics. On your return to the visitor center along the Main Marsh, keep a keen eye out—an elusive gray fox likes to hang out in these parts.
Coyote Hills Regional Park’s website has directions. From the visitor center, follow the Bayview Trail in a counterclockwise loop. Dog-friendly!