If you have questions regarding field trips or would like to check the status of trips in case of unfavorable weather conditions, please call the trip leader. If he/she cannot be reached call the scheduler. Trips geared for beginners are highlighted in red. *Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details.
To get directions, you can also use the Birding Sites Map. Due to insurance requirements, Sacramento Audubon leaders are not allowed to organize carpools. Participants are, however, encouraged to voluntarily share rides. Any carpool arrangements are private arrangements between the driver and the passengers. Drivers must carry adequate insurance coverage. Please be courteous and share gas expenses with the driver.
Field Trips, October 12 through November 11, 2018. Scheduler: Darrell Mohr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-225-3999.
Saturday, October 13, 8am
Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain
Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999
Meet Darrell in the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, just south of where Hurley Way goes into
Gate 12 of Cal Expo. We will look for a variety of resident species and migrants. Wood Ducks are a
good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take up to 3 hours. Bring water and sunscreen.
Sunday, October 14, 8am-10am
Family Friendly Trip!
Earl J. Koobs Nature Area, Carmichael
Leader: Cliff Hawley, 916-300-2495
Join Cliff in exploring this gem in Carmichael which is only open on occasion. Cliff knows it well and will seek out resident, migrating and early-wintering species that may be present. Families with children, beginners and anyone wanting a nice stroll in a beautiful area will enjoy this morning trip. Loaner binoculars are available. The Nature Area is at 5325 Engle Road next to the La Sierra Community Center (also the location of the California Montessori Project) between Engle Road and Cypress Avenue and Walnut Avenue and Garfield Avenue.
Thursday, October 18, 8am
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway
Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722
Join Mark for a morning walk checking out the resident and wintering birds. This is a good trip for beginners and experienced birders too, with Mark sharing his expertise on identification of the birds and their vocalizations. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way just west of Hazel. Meet at the last parking lot on your left, just before the boat launch parking area. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, October 20, 7:30am
Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-876-0457
Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations at all seasons of the year, and he always turns up quite a list of bird species. Possibilities include Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Bittern, Green Heron, and Pied-billed Grebe. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50 go south on Zinfandel, Exit #17, about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. This is a wonderful trip for beginning and experienced birders.
Saturday, October 20, 10:30am
Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk
This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and Sac Audubon birding leaders Craig DeMartini and Sue Darst. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 21, 8am
Family Friendly Trip
Ancil Hoffman Park
Leader: Wendy Money, 916-205-3194
The group will be looking for fall migrants, as well as returning wintering birds, and maybe something unexpected may turn up. Loaner binoculars are available. Trip should end about 11am. Meet in the picnic parking lot across from the golf course parking lot. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it all the way to the last parking lot on your left. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 21
Beginning Birding Field Trip for Adults
William Pond Park
These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding. Limited to 10 adults per trip with 3 Audubon trip leaders, it’s a low-key introduction to finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com, with Beginning Birder in the subject line.
Thursday, October 25, 8am
Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills
Leader: Craig DeMartini, 916-599-3300
We will be scouting the oak woodlands of a peninsula on the south side of Folsom Lake. We'll keep our eyes open for eagles and osprey as well as the smaller passerines, woodpeckers, and water birds on the lake. We'll scan the mouth of Sweetwater Creek where a pair of Rock Wrens can usually be found. From Hwy 50 east towards Placerville, take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd and go north under the freeway; continue on El Dorado Hills Blvd. north for approximately 4.5 miles. Cross Green Valley Road where El Dorado Hills Blvd. becomes Salmon Falls Road. Continue on Salmon Falls for 3 miles to a large dirt parking lot on the left with a large wooden sign that reads "Falcon Crest". Use caution when turning across oncoming traffic.
Saturday, October 27, 6:30am
Leaders: Scott Hoppe and Mark Martucci
Mark, 916-833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott, 916-835-8471, email@example.com
Join Scott and Mark for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. Bring lunch, water and warm clothes. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue, Exit #81, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike. This is one of our most popular trips; it's been called "the best Audubon trip we have taken" by more than one participant.
Saturday, October 27, 4:30pm till sunset
Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River and Delta area
Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc.
Coordinator: Mike Savino, 916-446-1392
Our Sandhill Cranes are back! And your SOSC leaders will also be looking for the wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors which feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta. Dress for changeable weather and bring binoculars, snacks and water if you wish. Meet on the deck of the Visitor Center. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road, Exit #498; go left (east) to the stop sign at Franklin Blvd; turn right (south) on Franklin and, driving through the Preserve, watch for the Visitor Center parking lot on your left. Further directions and maps are available at www.cosumnes.org.
Sunday, October 28, 8am
Leader: Cathie LaZier, 916-502-2699
Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 28
Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds See write up for October 27.
Wednesday, October 31, 8am
William Pond Park
Mike Heacox, 916-972-1809
Meet Mike along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk. This park has varied habitats and Mike knows them well. He'll be looking for fall migrants such as crowned sparrows and warblers, in addition to our resident wrens, towhees and other small passerines. He’ll check out the river and the pond area. Trip will end before noon. From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east, just under 1 mile, and it runs into the park. Meet along the first parking area on your left, just after the kiosk. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Thursday, November 1, 8:30am
Lincoln WWTP and Placer County Roads
Leader: Sonja Sorbo, 916-390-8463
In this morning trip we will start by birding the Lincoln water treatment plant. There are several large ponds which can hold a variety of ducks. From the plant, we will drive some nearby backroads of Placer County, searching flooded fields for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. We will search a small riparian area for sparrows, woodpeckers and other resident species. Several open dry fields may provide hunting grounds for raptors. Meet at the parking lot of Dry Creek Community Park at 9235 Walerga Road in Roseville. FRS radios will be helpful.
Saturday, November 3, 8am
Sutter's Landing Park
Leader: Jane Taylor, 916-587-3366
This morning trip will take us along levee and riverbank searching for wintering birds and river dwellers in this short stretch of riparian habitat on the American River in midtown Sacramento. Ducks, occasional shore birds, passerines, sea lions and raptors are all possibilities. Be prepared for a chilly morning and possible muddy trails, when we will walk up to an easy three miles. Heavy rain or dense fog cancels. Meet at the skate park lot at the terminus of 28th Street. From Business 80 heading east (towards Cal-Expo), exit on E Street, turn left onto E and then right on 28th Street which dead ends at the Park. Heading west on Bus. 80, also take the E Street exit; turn right onto E Street, then right again onto 28th and proceed to the Park. This trip should end before noon so bring liquids and, if desired, snacks.
Sunday, November 4, 8:30am (Note: Daylight Savings Time ends today)
This 1,039-acre park just off I-80 in Solano County consists of rolling hills with stands of native oak, buckeye and bay trees, small riparian corridors, panoramic vistas and a pond for ducks, grebes and possible shorebirds. Other fall and resident birds may include Golden Eagles plus harriers, hawks, kites and woodpeckers, Western Bluebirds and quail. This trip involves about a two mile walk on an easy trail and will end mid-day. This area is generally colder, wetter, foggier and windier than Sacramento, so dress accordingly. Meet Maureen by 7:30 am in the Park and Ride lot off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take West Capitol Avenue Exit #81, turn left at the light and left again into the Park and Ride lot. Or meet at Lynch Canyon at about 8:30 am. From Sacramento on I-80 West, after Fairfield, take the Red Top Road exit. Go south (left) under the underpass. In less than 0.1 mile, turn right on McGary Road (parallels I-80) and follow for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Lynch Road, go under the I-80 overpass. There is a gate at the entrance which Ken will open by 8:30 a.m. Drive into the gravel parking lot. There is a $5 parking fee.
Tuesday, November 6, 8am
Sacramento Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Andi Salmi, 916-508-7192
Andi will be looking for the enormous flocks of ducks, geese and swans that winter in the valley or stop to feed on their way south. This is also a good place for raptors, and Bald Eagles can be found here regularly. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon, so bring lunch, drinks and warm clothes. FRS radios are helpful on this trip. Meet at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd. Exit #524; go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Road, and then turn right into the parking area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1.
Saturday, November 10, 8am
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471
This great area is only10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Depending on the extent of flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl. Scott may do some short walks on the foot trails to get better vantage points. From Sacramento on I-80 west, take the first exit at the west end of the Yolo Causeway, East Chiles/Rd. 32A, Exit #78. Turn right at the stop sign, go under the freeway, make a left up onto the levee; then drop down into the Wildlife Area. The trip begins at the first parking lot, Lot A, on your left. Scopes are helpful on this trip, as are FRS radios. This is an excellent trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon.
Sunday, November 11, 8am
River Walk Park, West Sacramento
Leader: Bill Bianco, 916-372-3318
This is a new area for Sac Audubon and should turn up a variety of passerine species, sparrows, wrens, thrushes and more. We'll bird the river from the boat landing, then walk south past the I Street and Tower Bridges and up onto the levee. Walk should end by noon. Meet Bill at the Raley's parking lot; from Hwy 50 take Jefferson Blvd. north; go left on W. Capitol Ave. and left on Westacre Rd to the lot.