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. *Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details.
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, June 12 through July 11, 2018. Scheduler: Dan Brown, email@example.com, 916 704 0951.
Wednesday, June 13, 7:30am Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark will be looking for nesting and fledgling birds, and maybe something unexpected will turn up. This will be a 2 to 4 hour walk. Meet Mark in the picnic parking lot across from the golf course parking lot. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it all the way to the last parking lot on your left. A SAC County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 - 17, 8am onsite both Saturday and Sunday Sierra Valley/Yuba Pass Leader: Gary Fregien 916-708-0636 email@example.com This trip offering is designed to accommodate both those who want to do an overnighter and those wanting to bird either the Sierra Valley or the Yuba Pass area as a day trip. We will bird the Sierra Valley area by car on Saturday, a full day’s excursion, including a variety of wetland and upland habitats. On Sunday we will bird the Yuba Pass area until early afternoon. Lodging is available in Truckee, Sierraville, Portola and Sierra City. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are located between Truckee and Sierraville on Hwy 89, and between Yuba Pass and Sierra City on Hwy 49. Gary plans to travel to the area on the Friday preceding the fieldtrips; thus, he will not be reachable by email or phone after mid-afternoon Thursday, 6/14. Meet Gary at the junction of Hwys 89 & 49 in Sierraville on Saturday, and/or at the Yuba Pass Sno-Park parking lot, at the summit, on Hwy 49 west of Sierra Valley on Sunday. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring along FRS hand held radios, food and water, and dress for probable cool mornings and warm afternoons.
Tuesday, June 19, 7:30am Estates Drive American River access Leader: Craig DeMartini, 916-599-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to get an early start on the day, as it could get hot. This area is a great example of established riparian habitat. The American River meanders, creating islands and ponds where we will look for Wood Ducks, herons, egrets, and kingfishers. Further inland there are several very old Valley Oaks along a trail that has been referred to as the Avenue of Giants, where we will look for towhees, wrens, titmice and nuthatches. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Dr. Turn south on Estates and follow until it dead-ends at the levee
Saturday, June 23, 7:30am Indian Grinding Rocks State Park Leader: Cliff Hawley, 916-300-2495 yellowhammerCA@gmail.com Join Cliff for a day of birding at this State Park. The birdlife varies depending on the season, but many species are seen year round, including Turkey Vultures, Scrub and Steller’s Jays, California Quail, Acorn and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Hermit Thrushes, Wild Turkeys (non-native), and California Thrashers. In summer, the bright colors of the Western Tanager, Northern Oriole, Calliope and Anna’s Hummingbirds can be seen in the woods around the meadow. A bird list is available at the museum. Meet Cliff at the Starbucks parking area in the College Greens Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd (near Florin-Perkins, between Watt and Howe)at 7:30 am. Trip goes till 2 or 3pm so bring water and lunch. Some light to moderate walking. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.
Sunday, June 24, 7:30am River Bend Park Leader: Dan Brown, 916-704-0951 email@example.com Join Dan for a walk through the oak woodland to the river, looking for our summer birds on nests or in cavities, singing and feeding young. Some wildflowers should still be blooming.This is a good trip for beginning birders. The trip will end before noon. 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. Tuesday, June 26, 7am Granite Springs Road and Crystal Basin Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim: 916-870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann: 916-947-7573, email@example.com Join Tim and Ann for a full day of fun and birding. We will start by driving Granite Springs Road, then head into Crystal Basin for the remainder of the trip. We hope to find flycatchers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds and Calliope Hummingbird. If we are lucky, we will find Mountain Quail with young. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids,lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. Please bring FRS Radios if you have them. 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. We will leave promptly at 7am.
Saturday, June 30th, 1pm till sunset Common Nighthawks at sunset Leader: Dan Brown, 916-704-0951 naturestoc@ aol.com 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 start the day around 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, July 1, 7:30 am Del Paso Regional Park Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Ken Poerner Maureen: 916-281-6652, firstname.lastname@example.org Ken: 707-580-6277, email@example.com This large, little known park is tucked into the confluence of I-80, Bus. 80 and the Auburn Boulevard exit. But its lush riparian habitat along Arcade Creek is definitely worth exploring, so join Maureen and Ken for a morning walk and see which species might be found there. If you want Yellow-billed Magpies, this is your site!! This will be a 2 mile walk ending mid-morning with a possible add-on for those who want more birding. Parking is an issue although there is room for 8-9 vehicles on Park Road which is accessed from Auburn boulevard east of Watt Avenue. Because access is possible from several different major roads and highways, contact Maureen for more detailed instructions to the meeting site.
Friday, July 6, 7am Icehouse Road, Crystal Basin Leader: Mark Sawyer, 916-968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@gmail.com Mark will visit a variety of sites along Icehouse Road and side roads. The group will be looking for Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, Mountain Quail, warblers and vireos, and other birds of the area. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking. Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome. Meet Mark at the Bella Bru in EIDorado 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. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.
Saturday, July 7, 6am Loney Meadow Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Come join Scott for this trip to Loney Meadows, a beautiful mountain meadow north of Grouse Ridge near Bowman Lake at about 6000’ elevation. The area can have some excellent birding. Scott has seen 8 species of woodpecker there (including Pileated, Black-backed and Williamson’s Sapsucker); also Townsend’s Solitaire, Calliope Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher, 7 species of warbler and previous trips have produced Bald Eagles. We will be hiking about 2-3 miles over fairly level terrain with only short, moderate inclines. Meet Scott at 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. The meadow is about an hour and half’s drive from there. Bring water and lunch or a snack. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.
Sunday, July 8, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-206-3767 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. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee isrequired for all vehicles.