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, July 18 through Aug 21, 2016. Scheduler: Dan Tankersley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-1951
Wednesday, July 20, 6am Calaveras Big Trees, South Grove Leader: Bill Bianco, 889-4849 email@example.com The South Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park is an ancient forest ecosystem in its primeval condition. Because it has never been logged, the forest is extremely vertical, with much of the bird activity occurring in the crowns of the trees. We hope to see MacGillivray's and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hairy and White-headed Woodpeckers, Brown Creeper and other montane birds. A variety of wildflowers should still be in bloom. Bring your flower field guides for identifying some of the less common flowers. We'll walk the 3.5 mile loop, which has a 264' elevation gain. On our return to the parking lot we'll drive a short distance to the Beaver Creek picnic area for lunch. After lunch break we can take short trail walks at River Picnic Area and Lava Bluffs parking area, which are on the way back to the park entrance. Meet Bill at the Starbucks in the Raley’s Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd. (between Watt and Howe), to LEAVE at 6am. Or meet in the large visitor's day parking lot at Calaveras around 8:15am. After restroom stop there, we'll drive to the South Grove parking lot. There is a $10 per car entrance fee to this State Park. This trip is suitable for beginners. Bring lunch, water, snacks, field guides and wear comfortable foot gear.
Saturday, July 23, 6:30am Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca Leaders: Gary Fregien, 708-0636, firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, email@example.com Join Gary and Scott on this high elevation 3-mile hike in search of Clark’s Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping & Brewer’s Sparrow, Dusky Flycatcher, Pine Grosbeak, Townsend’s Solitaire, Cassin’s Finch and, with luck, Sooty Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker and Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. At peak wildflower time there are fields of flowers in dazzling variety. Bring lunch and plenty of liquids; wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changeable Sierra weather. Carson Pass is a USFS fee area for day-use parking. This hike should be considered moderate to strenuous depending upon your physical condition. Meet at the Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. 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.
Sunday, July 24 FARALLONS PELAGIC TRIP - This year's trip is full, with a waiting list. Sign up early next year! Tufted Puffins! Rhinoceros Auklets! Sooty Shearwaters! Don’t miss this great ocean birding opportunity. To ensure comfortable seating on the boat the trip is limited to 30 people. Contact Linda Pittman to sign up, firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred), or phone 715-1876.
Wednesday, July 27, 6:30am Ellis Road/Power Fire Area Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com Ann Burris, 947-7573 firstname.lastname@example.org This mid-elevation area is located off Hwy 88 in the El Dorado National Forest in eastern Amador County, about an hour and a half drive from Sacramento. Much of this area was severely burned during the Power Fire in 2004. We’ll take several short walks in various habitats looking for woodpeckers and mountain residents. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring lunch, snacks and liquids. Bring FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet in front of “It’s A Grind” Coffee House in the Raley’s shopping center, 10420 Twin Cities Road, in Galt. From Sacramento, take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit, turn left (east) on Twin Cities Rd, and proceed east through two traffic circles; the shopping center will be on your right.
Saturday, July 30, 7am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early migrants. This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. 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.
Sunday, July 31, evening trip Bats and Swainson's Hawks Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan along with bat expert, JoEllen Arnold to see 60,000 Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge for their evening hunt while Swainson's Hawks and American Kestrels try their luck and skill at bat hunting! This trip is limited to 12 participants. Please contact Dan Brown for meeting time and place.
Wednesday, August 3, 7am Riverbend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. Vinegar Weed should be in bloom. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, August 6, 12 noon till sunset Common Nighthawks at sunset Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan for an afternoon and evening of birding in the Sierra, ending in an area that at this time of year hosts many Common Nighthawks that can be observed feeding and calling at sunset. Dan has seen up to 50 nighthawks in the air at one time here, which can present great photo opportunities! This spot is about an hour away from Sacramento, We will begin about 1:30pm birding a small private lake, looking for common Sierra birds such as Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Sandpiper, White-headed Woodpecker and possible Osprey and Bald Eagle. Also of interest at this lake are numerous species of dragonflies that we don't see in the Valley. We will then bird our way toward the nighthawk site, stopping for a picnic dinner in the field and ending the day after sundown watching the nighthawks. We will be walking for about 2 miles total, mostly on flat terrain so wear appropriate shoes. Bring a folding chair or two and whatever you would like for our picnic dinner. Also bring water, sunscreen, a hat, a light coat for the evening and MOSQUITO REPELLENT. This trip is limited to 12 participants, so please contact Dan to save a spot and for meeting location/time.
Sunday, August 7, 7am Shorebirds of the Sacramento Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com August is a great time to view shorebirds in the Sacramento Valley on migration from their Arctic breeding grounds. Since ideal conditions change depending on water levels, we will visit areas with the best shorebird habitat. This may be in Yolo, Placer, or Sacramento County--or all three. This is a good chance to brush up on the common species and possibly find something unexpected. If you have a spotting scope, bring it, along with water and a snack. 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.
Wednesday, August 10, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake and the surrounding grasslands host a variety of birds and it’s one of Wayne’s favorite birding spots. Join him to explore the area on this morning trip. This is a good trip for beginners and enjoyable for all. Bring water and insect repellent. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Zinfandel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, August 13, 6:30am Point Reyes Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org Plan for a trip to the varied habitats of Point Reyes National Seashore. We should expect a good diversity of waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds. Depending on reports just prior to the trip, we may visit Abbott’s Lagoon, which requires a 2.5 to 3 mile hike. Bring lunch and liquids and be prepared for a full day of birding. 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.
Sunday, August 14, 6am Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com This Wildlife Area encompasses a large swath of land north of San Pablo Bay. Shorebirds should be in abundance, and we will keep our eyes open for rare, early fall migrants. The trip should end early to mid-afternoon, depending on conditions. Bring lunch and liquids, and some layers of clothing as Bay Area weather can be cool even in August. Meet Scott at the Park and 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 and Ride lot.
Tuesday, August 16, 7am Granite Springs Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Burris, 947-7573 email@example.com Join Ann and Tim for a full day of fun and birding. Granite Springs Road runs from Crystal Basin Road to Wrights Lake. We should find a nice variety of woodpeckers and mountain residents on Granite Springs Road, and around Wright’s Lake we may find Osprey and more montane species. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids, lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. FRS Radios are helpful. Since Granite Springs Road is dirt, we will scout its condition to determine its drivability. Meet at Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. 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.
Saturday, August 20, 7:30am Bodega Bay Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Andi for a day of birding, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. This is a fun coastal birding area, with many gulls, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors to see, in addition to possible shorebirds returning from their breeding grounds. Meet Andi at the Park and 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. Bring food, water and warm clothes.
Sunday, August, 21, 6:30am Truckee/Tahoe Mountain Birding Leader: Jane Taylor, 587-3366 email@example.com We plan to explore some interesting locations around Truckee and Tahoe. Page Meadow, Ellis Creek and Martis Creek Lake are possible venues, with potential alternatives depending on conditions. Past sightings have included Williamson's Sapsucker, White-headed and Black-backed Woodpecker, warbler and flycatcher species, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, and waterfowl and shorebirds. Hiking may be up to 2 miles at a time. Please bring lunch and liquids; spotting scopes and FRS radios are helpful if you have them. Meet Jane at 6:30am at the Park & Ride on Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, exit #110 off I-80 east.