Come explore the southeastern end of YoloCounty, along the Sacramento River and Elk Sough in early spring.The town and environs of Clarksburg should be a great place to find spring migrants.We will ride and walk with the intention of covering a large portion of this agricultural community, including the adjacent Sacramento River and Elk Slough. Some of the birds we’ll be searching for will be warblers, grosbeaks, various flycatchers and Swainson’s Hawks.I’ll meet you in Clarksburg at the Marina at 7:00.Travel south from Sacramento on I-5 to the Freeport exit to Highway 160, go south and cross the FreeportBridge. Go south on South River Road to Clarksburg. Bring binoculars, scope, water and food.This could go until early afternoon. If you have never been there, you’ll also find a thriving wine industry to enjoy after birding.
Come celebrate spring! We will be looking for nesting hummingbirds, gnatcatchers, Lazuli Buntings, California Thrashers, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, and may find Yellow-breasted Chats.Wear sturdy boots or shoes for this 2-3 mile hike. Meet Tim in the shopping center parking lot next to the AM/PM on Douglas Blvd, just east of the intersection with Folsom-Auburn Road.The trip will continue into early afternoon so bring lunch and drinks. There is an entrance fee to Folsom Lake.
At this favorite spring hotspot you should find wild flowers in bloom and the song of the Yellow-breasted Chat. Richard will scout for Lazuli Buntings, Wrentits, California Thrashers, hummingbirds, and colorful migrating songbirds.Meet Richard at the Bella Bru on the northeast corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Highway 50.From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd. and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right.This will be a half day trip, and is a good one for beginners.
This morning tour of the Bufferlands will focus on finding migrant songbirds, resident breeders, and lingering winter residents.The heron, egret and cormorant rookery will be in full swing, and if water levels are right, we could have excellent shorebirding conditions.The Sac Reg. County Sanitation District Bufferlands contain 2,650 acres of wetlands, riparian forest, grasslands, vernal pools, and restored habitats.From Sacramento, take I-5 south.Exit at Meadowview/Pocket Rd (just south of Florin Rd) and turn left (east) over the freeway. Turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd (the third light).After one mile, just before the town of Freeport, turn left on Stonecrest and follow it over the freeway and south to a locked gate.Be prepared for potentially muddy trails and up to 3 miles of walking.
Saturday, May 2nd.,7:00am
Auburn State Recreation area/ Drivers Flat and Ruck-a-Chucky
We will be exploring the beautiful canyon of the Middle Fork of the AmericanRiver off Foresthill Road to look for spring migrants and resident breeding birds. This is Scott's favorite 'secret' birding spot. Possibilities include several species of flycatcher, including Gray, Hammond's and Pacific-slope; Hutton's, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos; up to 7 species of warbler; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting and Bullock's Oriole. Walking will be up to a mile at a time with moderate inclines. This trip will end mid-day, but plan to lunch on the banks of the river. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Rd. Park and Ride in Loomis off I-80 at 7 am.
Sand Creek Rd. is out of Arbuckle, off I-5 North about an hour drive from meeting place. We will be looking for Black-chinned and Sage Sparrows, Wrentits, Mountain Quail,Roadrunners and migrating birds. The road could be muddy if it has been raining, then 4-wheel drive vehicles will be necessary. Bring lunch and FRS Radios, we will return mid-afternoon. Meeting place is the Woodland Jack in the Box.Take 1-5 north toward Woodland; exit at County Road 102 (#536); turn right (north) on 102 and turn right into the Jack in the Box parking lot.
Tuesday, May 5, 8am till noon
Sailor Bar Area
Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777
Meet Jack at the end of Emperor Street to explore the plants, birds and animals of this riparian corridor along the American River Parkway.From Winding Way, turn south on Kenneth, then east on Emperor Street to the end.
For this trip we’ll go north to ColusaCounty on I-5 to Arbuckle. Proceeding west we’ll begin our trip on Sand Creek Road.At this time of year there will be breeding birds such as Western Bluebird, Bullock’s Oriole and Western Kingbird.In the dry creek bed can be found Greater Roadrunner and Lesser Nighthawk. Other birds that are found in this chaparral habitat are California Thrasher, Downy Woodpecker and Lawrence’s Goldfinch.In addition we may see both Blue and Black-headed Grosbeak.Meet at the MarketplaceShopping Center (near Big 5 Sporting Goods, 1301 W. Covell in Davis, just east of Hwy 113) at 7:00. We’ll plan on getting back to Davis about 2:30. All levels of birders are welcome.Bring water, snacks/lunch and binoculars.
This scenic recreational area of rolling hillsides, streams, reservoirs and ponds offers a variety of wildlife. This trip will include several short hikes over uneven terrain. Possible birds include Yellow-breasted Chat, Lewis’s Woodpecker, rails, warblers, and more. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Richard at the Brookfield’s Restaurant parking lot, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville.From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road.Turn left just past the Shell Station.Brookfield’s is behind Shell.
Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right, just past the entrance kiosk.We’ll walk through the oak woodland, looking for wrens, nuthatches and other small birds with young, also nesting Red-shouldered Hawks and possibly some other birds still in nests.We should also find some spring wildflowers and Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies. This is a good trip for beginners, and will end before noon.From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called GoethePark).There is a $5 per car park entrance fee.
Join Dan as he explores the coast just south of San Francisco.McNeeRanchState Park near the town of Pacifica is known for its spectacular sea views and vibrant spring wildflower displays.From there we will continue south to Half Moon Bay and bird PrincetonHarbor and Pilarcitos Creek.Birds we hope to see include California Thrasher, Hermit and Townsend's Warblers, Surfbird, Snowy Plover, Red Knot and much more (all in brilliant breeding plumage)!Bring a lunch to enjoy in the fresh sea air, and meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento.From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot, on the north side of the freeway.
Mark will lead you on a morning walk along the American River Parkway.You will see a nice variety of resident and summer nesting birds. From Hwy 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd, turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd, and take the first left on Pennsylvania . There is a $5 per car entrance fee.