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. 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, Feb. 10th through March 14th, 2017
Scheduler through Feb. 26th,Richard Barbieri, email@example.com, 761-1124, after Feb. 27th, Scheduler Sonja Sorbo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 390-8463.
Friday, February 10, 8am Robinson Road, Road 113 and Bird's Landing Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@yahoo.com This is a great area for wintering Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Merlins, curlews, possible Mountain Plovers, shrikes and other interesting birds. Bring liquids, lunch, warm clothes, spotting scopes, and FRS radios if possible. Meet at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. From Sacramento take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again at the signal light to the Park & Ride exit a short distance beyond Ikeda's Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Heavy rain or high winds cancel the trip, which will end in the late afternoon.
Saturday, February 11, 7am Merced and Mariposa County Grasslands Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris, 870-5207 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org This area is located in western Merced County east of Le Grand, about a two hour drive from the Galt Park & Ride. From Le Grand we will travel 35 miles on paved, gravel and dirt roads through grasslands and rolling foothills. This area is known for big numbers of raptors, including all the winer species (Ferruginous, Rough-legged, Prairie Falcon, Merlin). Both species of eagles have also been seen in the area, as well as Mountain Bluebirds. The trip will last all day so bring lunch, liquids and warm clothing. Bring FRS radios and scopes if you have them. Meet at the Galt Park & Ride. From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit(#277); turn left (east) on Twin Cities Rd, cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd. The Park & Ride is just south of Twin Cities Road. Heavy valley fog or rain cancels.
Sunday, February 12, 8am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com This a great time to visit the preserve as all the wintering birds are in. Sandhill Cranes, Greater White-fronted Geese and a wide variety of duck species frequent the preserve. Yellowlegs and Wilson’s Snipe will be in the shallower water, and other shorebirds are possible. A variety of passerine species frequent the willows and grassy areas. The group will stop by the "Ducks In Scopes" event at the boardwalk, and you'll have a chance to view the strange invertebrates that the ducks are eating. Meet at the CRP Visitor Center Parking lot. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road; 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.
GBBC February 17 through 20 Great Backyard Bird Count www.birdsource.org/gbbc Count birds for 15 minutes or more in your backyard or other favorite birding locale; then post your results online and see what’s happening in your area and across the country. It’s fun for all ages and skill levels. Check the website for more information, or join one of the field trips and the leader will input the group’s checklist.
Friday, February 17, 8:30am Ancil Hoffman Park - Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie in the Effie Yeaw parking lot for this birding walk, looping around the golf course with a couple of side trips down to the river, then returning to the parking lot on Effie Yeaw Nature Center trails. This walk is approximately 3 miles, with some up and down slopes and uneven footing. Wear comfortable shoes and you may want to bring water or snacks. We'll end the trip by noon, and Cathie will post our bird species total on the GBBC website. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, February 18, 8am North Natomas Regional Park Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a leisurely morning walk around the North Natomas Regional Park. We can expect to see a wide variety of grassland species including Meadowlarks, Ring-necked Pheasants, and Savannah Sparrows, along with herons, egrets, and waterfowl. Various wintering species of raptors, including falcons, are also possibilities. This trip will include approximately 2 to 3 miles of walking over flat terrain, and bringing liquids is recommended. Meet Ben at the parking lot on the North side of New Market Drive across from Inderkum High School. New Market Drive is off Truxel Road approximately 2 miles north of Interstate 80. This is a great trip for both beginning and more experienced birders.
Saturday, February 18, 10:30 Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Sac Audubon leaders Lynne Tweten and Sue Darst and Nature Center docents for a family friendly nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers, Wild Turkeys, and other resident birds, as well as some wintering species, will be active. Reservations are not needed, families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists/birders who know the area and enjoy sharing their knowledge. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.
Sunday, February 19 Adult Beginning Birding Field Trip 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 birds. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com, 457-6882.
Sunday, February 19, 9am Family Friendly Trip Sacramento Bar Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org, 454-4061 This morning walk along the American River will be geared to children and their families. With Paul’s skill, you will see and hear a nice variety of resident and wintering birds. This is a great area for children and families to be reminded how nice a walk along the River can be! This trip will last about 2 hours, and loaner binoculars are available. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd.; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, February 22, 8am Gibson Ranch County Park 8556 Gibson Ranch Road, Elverta Leader: Deb Weston, 337-2818 email@example.com Join Deb for a 2+ mile hike around Gibson Ranch. The lake will have gulls, cormorants and assorted ducks and geese. With luck the Green Heron will be hunting near the reeds. Northern Flickers, Western Bluebirds, American Pipits, and the occasional Red-breasted Sapsucker may be seen on this trip, along with other resident birds. Our walk will border open fields, tree lined paths and a section of Dry Creek. From Highway 99 north take the W. Elverta Rd. exit and drive east approx. 7.2 miles to Gibson Ranch Rd. on your left. From Watt Ave. turn west on Elverta Rd. and drive .7 miles to Gibson Ranch Rd. on your right. There is a $5 parking fee or your Sac County Park Pass works here. After the ranger hut drive through one stop sign and park in lot B on the right. The terrain is mostly level, but there may be muddy areas. Thankfully, there are numerous restrooms at this location, so feel free to bring your hot coffee or cocoa. This trip will end before noon. Bring water, snacks and dress for cold weather. If it’s sprinkling the trip will go forward, but heavy rain will cancel.
Saturday, February 25 Merced County wetlands and refuges Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 firstname.lastname@example.org Co-leader: Dale Azevedo Join Dan and Dale for a full day of birding some of the many wetlands in the Merced County area. We will start Saturday morning birding one, possibly two, private duck club properties. Duck season is over in mid February and the duck clubs in the area can really be packed with birds! The leaders will check out the area prior to the field trip for best birding and access, as muddy roads can be a problem and are not recommended for low clearance vehicles. We plan on birding the private area(s) until early afternoon then spend the rest of the day birding the National Wildlife areas nearby, ending the day at Merced National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the cranes and geese at sunset. We will be taking several short hikes during the day, so wear appropriate shoes. Also bring lunch, liquids and snacks, as lunch will be in the field. Because we will be visiting private lands, this trip will be limited to 15 participants. Please contact Dan Brown for information on meeting place and time in Merced County on Saturday morning.
Sunday, February 26, 7am Highway 37 and Schollenberger Park, Petaluma Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com From the West Sacramento Park & Ride, Mark will lead the group towards Petaluma, with various birding stops along Hwy 37. Moving on to the Petaluma area, he’ll look for Blue-winged Teal and a variety of other waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, Common Yellowthroat and the occasional rail and possibly a Peregrine Falcon. Bring lunch and liquids and layered clothing. Meet Mark at 7 a.m. 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. This is a great trip for both beginning and more experienced birders.
Wednesday, March 1, 8am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Sally for her monthly bird walk along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. Sally will be looking for migrants and resident breeding birds, wrens, towhees, and other small passerine birds. From Highway 50 take Howe Ave north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn left onto Fair Oaks and cross over the American River. Turn right on Carlson Ave, which is the first stop light past the American River bridge. Continue on Carlson Ave to its end, at Glenn Hall Park. Meet on top of the levee. This will be a fairly easy walk, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, March 4, 8am Bucks Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com Join Maureen for a leisurely walk through this riparian habitat and look for resident and wintering species such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, towhees, wrens, bluebirds, warblers, marsh birds and sparrows. In this varied habitat, there is always the possibility of unusual finds. Meet at the southeast corner of Silva Valley Parkway and Serrano Parkway. To reach this spot, on Hwy. 50, pass the El Dorado Hills Boulevard exit, and take Exit #31 to Silva Valley Parkway. Turn left onto the Parkway and continue to the light at Serrano Parkway. Make a u-turn at this light and immediately park on the right. This is the trailhead.
Family Friendly Trip!!! Sunday, March 5, 8:30am Beals Point, Folsom Lake Leaders: Sandra Steurer and Wendy Money Sandra: 580-8398, firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy: 205-3194, email@example.com This is a great spot for family members of all ages and early March is a good time to find a nice variety of birds. Join Sandra and Wendy on a 1 to 2 mile walk in the oak woodlands with views of the lake. Recently, in addition to expected species, specialty birds such as Phainopepla, Rock Wrens, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow have been found. The trip will end before noon. Meet in the parking lot of the Beals Point unit of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (turn left as you enter the parking lot, to park near the first row). The entrance to Beals Point is on Oak Hill Drive off Auburn-Folsom Rd, about 2 miles south of Douglas Blvd and about 3 miles north of Greenback Lane. The entrance fee is $12 per car, or you may use a state (not county) park pass. There will be an optional picnic after the walk. Each person can bring a sack lunch and beverage. If weather is not on our side, we may go to a nearby family-friendly restaurant.
Sunday, March 5, 6:30am Arrowhead Marsh and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com Arrowhead Marsh and MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline, encompassing much of San Leandro Bay, is an extremely productive birding area. It is well known for Ridgway's Rails, lots of wintering ducks and hundreds of shorebirds during the falling tides. It has also produced rarities and hard to find species such as Nelson's and Swamp Sparrows. We will likely spend most of the day there. However, time permitting, we may visit other nearby locations. Bring lunch and liquids, and dress for possible cold early morning temps. Meet Scott and Mark 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.
Tuesday, March 7, 8am Lake Solano/Putah Creek Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim: 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann: 947-7573, email@example.com This is a great area to find a variety of woodpeckers, Phainopepla, Brown Creeper, Barrow’s Goldeneye and many other late wintering birds. Meet Tim and Ann at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. From Sacramento take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again at the signal light to the Park & Ride exit a short distance beyond Ikeda's Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Heavy rain or high winds cancel the trip, which will end in the late afternoon.
Saturday, March 11, 8am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 973-9841 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Darrell will be looking for a variety of resident species and Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours. Bring water and sunscreen. This is a great trip for beginners.
Sunday, March 12, 8am Wintering Raptors in the Central Valley Leader: Craig Swolgaard, 530-334-3023 email@example.com This trip has been rescheduled from the rained out one of January 8th. The day will focus on wintering raptors. A published study found that California’s Central Valley is one of the richest wintering areas for raptors in the country. The trip will begin at Meiss and Dillard Roads and end at Clay Station & Dillard Roads following a 33 mile loop used as a survey route in a past study. Many species of raptors have been found along this productive drive during the winter months, including Golden Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, White-tailed Kite, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, and Burrowing Owl. This is also a good area to find Mountain Bluebirds in winter and has potential for other vagrants. Meet Craig at the small public parking lot on Highway 16 and Sunrise Blvd. at 8 AM. We will car pool to try and keep the car numbers down, as some of the route uses pullouts on a busy highway. Bring a spotting scope if possible. Trip may go into early afternoon so water and food may be a good idea.
Tuesday, March 14, 8am Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org We will be scouting the oak woodlands and floodplains of Folsom Lake for falcons, eagles and osprey as well as passerines, woodpeckers and water birds. Early nest builders should be active; last year a Bald Eagle nest was found. Meet at the Falcon Crest turnout parking lot, off Salmon Falls road. From Sacramento head east on Highway 50 towards Placerville. Take the El Dorado Hills Blvd exit #30B, and go north on El Dorado Hills Blvd 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.