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, February 1 - 15, 2014. Scheduler, Richard Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 761-1124.
Saturday, February 1, 7am Yolo/Solano Big Day Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com Get set for a full day of birding “hot spots” of Yolo and Solano Counties to see how many species we can tally. Last year’s trip totaled 107 species. We will begin at Lake Solano Park and Putah Creek for unique passerines and waterfowl, then head down Highway 113 to the Robinson Road area for raptors and possibly Mountain Plover. From there, we will proceed to the Yolo Bypass and the Davis Landfill and WWTP for more waterfowl, shorebirds and gulls. The itinerary can change depending on conditions and reports. For those interested, Scott would like to have a casual dinner nearby to tally up species and talk about what was seen. Scopes and FRS radios are helpful. Bring lunch, snacks, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Scott at the Mace Blvd Park and Ride at 7:00 am. From Sacramento, take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd (Exit #75); turn right at the light, then right again at the signal light to the Park and Ride entrance, a short distance beyond Ikeda’s Market. Rain cancels.
Sunday, February 2, 7:30am Lincoln Grasslands Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com We will search the back roads of western Placer County for raptors, waterfowl, Tri-colored Blackbirds and Lewis’ Woodpeckers. This area is known for high concentrations of wintering raptors (up to 12 species can be seen in a day), and is also a magnet for wintering ducks and geese. We’ll also look for winter rarities that flock with Horned Larks and sparrows in the Brewer Road area. Lunch at the Chamberlain Cemetery will be followed by more birding along the rural roads on the way to Camp Far West Reservoir. Bring lunch, liquids and scopes and FRS radios if you have them, and be prepared for a full day of birding. Meet at the Park & Ride by Brookfield’s Restaurant, 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, and park on the right in the Park & Ride.
Sunday, February 2 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 people 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Monday, February 3, 12 noon Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 email@example.com Join Dan for an afternoon of birding at this wonderful NWR. This time of year the majority of white geese are Ross’s, and the afternoon “fly-in” can be spectacular if the weather cooperates. There will be many duck species as well as other wetland birds. Eurasian Wigeon is often seen here and we can expect many raptors with the possibility of Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. The outing will consist of time spent on the viewing platform, a drive around the tour route, and an easy walk along the riparian trail. Be prepared for cold and damp weather. Weather permitting, there should be ample photo ops. Scopes and FRS radios will be helpful on this trip. Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. From Sacramento, take I-80 west to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again to the Park & Ride behind Ikeda’s Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Rain, strong wind, or thick fog cancels. You may want to bring snacks and liquids as the trip will end around 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 8am Yolo Bypass Leaders: Dan and Pam Thompson, 359-3777 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan and Pam for a morning of birding this wetland area just minutes from Sacramento. Dan and Pam are gearing this trip for beginners, although birders of any ability are welcome. Some of the birds you may expect are waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, Horned Larks and pipits. FRS radios and spotting scopes are helpful if you have them. Meet Dan and Pam in the first parking lot (Lot A) on your left at the beginning of the auto tour. To get to the area from Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78) at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Turn right at the stop sign, go under the freeway, make a left up onto the levee, then drop down into the Wildlife Area.
Sunday, February 9, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Craig DeMartini, 418-4263 email@example.com Meet Craig along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk, for this morning walk looking for returning migrants and resident birds. Along the river mergansers and goldeneye can be found in the backwaters and wrens and towhees call from the bushes. California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park area. Trip will end before noon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park. This is an excellent trip for beginners
Tuesday, February 11, 8:30 Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 IshiM2000@comcast.net Join Marlene in this great area 10 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 as well as raptors. From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78) at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. 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, at the beginning of the auto tour. FRS radios and scopes are helpful on this trip, which is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon. . If the bypass is closed due to flooding, the trip is canceled.
February 14 through 17 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.
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count will be easy in this area. Join Maureen Geiger of Sac Audubon and a Nature Center docent for a family friendly nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. 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.