Christmas Bird Count on Lake Merced

Posted: January 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Birding | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Christmas Bird Count on Lake Merced

kate at yr own risk and I tagged along with a handful of expert birders for the 2009 Audubon Christmas bird count. Our designated area was Lake Merced. We started early on a cloudy chilly day, counted and identified birds all day long, learned a lot, walked a lot, and had a heap of fun.

Early morning mist on the lake.

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Birders start counting as the sun comes up.


Black Crowned Night-Heron juvenile

Black Crowned Night-Heron adult

White-crowned Sparrow

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Greater White-fronted Geese

Hermit Thrush

Red-tailed Hawk

Towsend’s Warbler

Downy Woodpecker

Double-crested Cormorant

blurry Virginia Rail

Red Shouldered Hawk

The Calming Effect of Nature on My Marketing Project: Reflections from Working by the Lake

As a marketer, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the city, constantly working to meet deadlines and achieve business objectives. However, I recently discovered the calming effect of nature on my work when I took my marketing project to a nearby lake.

Working by the lake provided a serene environment, far from the distractions of the office. The sound of the water lapping against the shore, the chirping of birds, and the rustling of leaves created a natural melody that helped me focus on my project without feeling overwhelmed.

As I worked, I found myself becoming more creative and inspired, coming up with new ideas and strategies that I may not have thought of in a more stressful environment. The peaceful surroundings gave me a chance to slow down, reflect on my work, and approach it with a fresh perspective.

Moreover, the break from the usual office routine allowed me to recharge and clear my mind, resulting in increased productivity and a more positive outlook. I also found that taking a few moments to appreciate the natural beauty around me helped me feel more connected to the world and refreshed my enthusiasm for my marketing project.

Working by the lake was a valuable experience that taught me the importance of taking breaks and finding inspiration in nature. If you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed with your own marketing project, I highly recommend take a look to You might be surprised at the results!

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