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, January 25th through Feb 17th, 2016 Scheduler Richard Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org , 761-1124
Saturday, January 30, 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. We have had as many as 121 species on this trip. 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; then to the Yolo Bypass, 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 & 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 & Ride entrance, a short distance beyond Ikeda’s Market. Rain cancels.
Saturday, January 30, 3:45pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 This is the prime time to see our Sandhill Cranes, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds feeding in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, with hawks patroling overhead. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center deck at 3:30pm to hear a brief talk about Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and status. Then we’ll follow the trail at Lost Slough Wetlands, for views of the cranes, waterfowl and shorebirds. Afterwards, we’ll drive along Desmond Road and possibly to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island, to see flocks of cranes fly in to roost for the night. Dress for changeable weather and bring binoculars. Scopes are helpful. 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. This is a great trip for beginners and for families
Sunday, January 31 Birding the Best Places Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009 firstname.lastname@example.org Tim is going to take you birding where the best birds are. He’ll choose the best birding spot shortly before the trip, so contact him about a week before to find the meeting time and place. Don’t miss this trip; it’s good for beginners and experienced birders.
Sunday, January 31, 3:45pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See information for January 30th trip.
Tuesday, February 2, 12:30 PM Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290, (day of trip only) 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. Birding will include the viewing platform and driving around the tour route. 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 6, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations, and he usually turns up quite a list of bird species. Join him to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron and Common Yellowthroat. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50, go south on Zinfandel about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area. There is a $5 per car entrance fee; your Sac County Parkway pass is valid here. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders.
Sunday, February 7, 8am Beals Point, Folsom Lake Leader: Deb Weston, 337-2818 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Deb for a 1 to 2 mile morning walk at Beals Point. A variety of oak woodland birds and wintering sparrows should be seen, and grebes, goldeneyes and mergansers will be on the lake. Spotting scopes will be helpful for seeing the birds on the lake. Phainopeplas, Rock Wrens, and Rufous-crowned Sparrows are possibilities. The trip will end by 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. This is a great trip for beginning birders. The entrance fee is $12 per car, or you may use a state (not county) park pass.
Monday, February 8, 8:30 Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@yahoo.com Join Mark 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, 13, 14 and 15 - Presidents’ Day Weekend - Limit 12 TRIP FULL Fort Bragg/Mendocino area Leader: Linda Pittman email@example.com (email preferred) 715-1876 Join Linda for three days of birding in Mendocino County. This year we will be birding on the north coast in the Fort Bragg and Mendocino area and possibly an inland site or two. Please contact Linda to get on waiting list.
February 12 through 15 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.
February 13, 8am Buck’s Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills A GBBC trip Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the intersection of Silva Valley Parkway and Serrano Parkway. To reach this spot, exit Hwy. 50 at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and turn right. Pass the large Raley’s shopping complex and turn right onto Serrano Parkway, then right again at the bottom of the hill onto Silva Valley Parkway and park.
Sunday, February 14, 8am River Bend Park, American River Parkway A GBBC trip Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com Meet Cathie at the 1st parking lot on your right, just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland, looking for small woodland birds and woodpeckers. We sometimes have good looks at Red-shouldered Hawks or Great Horned Owls. At the river we should see mergansers, goldeneye, herons, yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers and possibly a kingfisher. Walk will end by noon, and it’s a great walk for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park (formerly called Goethe Park). A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, February 17, 8am William Pond Park, American River Parkway Leader: Larry Hickey, 962-0387 Larryhickey1@gmail.com Meet Larry along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk for this morning walk looking for wintering and resident birds. Along the river mergansers, goldeneye, herons and egrets can be found in the backwaters. California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park area and various raptors may be spotted. 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.
DUCKS (AND MORE) IN SCOPES
A great trip for families, youth groups and newer birders, this is an opportunity to work on duck identification, as well as other wetland birds.
Stop by the Cosumnes River Preserve and check out “Ducks In Scopes”, where 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!) and other wetland birds.
A microscope 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.
Come any time between 10am and 2pm, on the following dates:
January 2016: Friday, New Year’s Day, then Saturdays, 1/2, 1/16, and 1/23 and Sundays, 1/10 and 1/31. February: Saturdays 2/6, 2/13 and 2/27, and Sunday 2/21.