Location: William Pond Park, American River Parkway
Dates: Sundays, October 21st and November 18th, 2018
Trips limited to 10 adult participants, and require a minimum of 3 participants: Registration required.
These outings are geared toward people who aren’t yet entirely comfortable joining field trips as well as those who have birded a bit but would like to be better birders. It is not necessary to be an Audubon member to participate.
The field trips will focus on finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. This walk, covering about a mile and a half, will last about 3 hours and will be led by two or more friendly and experienced Sacramento Audubon trip leaders. You can sign up for just one session, or for more than one.
Register via email to Cathie at firstname.lastname@example.org, (put “Beginning Birder” in the subject line), and give your name, phone number and email address, or phone Cathie at (916) 502-2699, and leave your name and phone number. Following registration you will receive additional information regarding the field trip.
DUCKS (AND MORE) IN SCOPES
It's winter, and our waterfowl, shorebirds and cranes are back. Here's a great opportunity to work on your wetland bird identification; it's a great trip for families, youth groups and newer birders.
“Ducks In Scopes” is set up at the Cosumnes River Preserve, where from 10am to 2pm CRP docents have a row of scopes set up, including lower ones for children, giving you good views of the many colorful ducks (up to 10 different species!). Other possibilities are stilts, dowitchers, yellowlegs, snipe and other "peeps".Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese and various hawks may also be seen.
Microscopes and hand lens provide close-up looks at “Duck Soup”, dishes of water dipped from the pond full of sand fleas, dragonfly nymphs, and other squiggly things that provide the protein the birds are feeding on.
The Preserve is a quick drive from Sacramento – south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road; left (east) on Twin Cities for 1 mile; then right (south) on Franklin Blvd. The viewing area is in the first parking lot on your right as you drive into the preserve.Steady rain or flooding cancels event.Check www.cosumnes.org. for updated schedule.
Come any time between 10am and 2pm on the following dates:
Saturdays: Oct. 27th, Nov. 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Sundays: Nov. 4th and 25th.
And check next month for further winter dates.
Tips for Beginners
Check out this website for some good tips on how to get started in birding. here