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 for July 12 through August 11, 2017, Scheduler Dan Tankersley, 662-1951, email@example.com
Saturday, July 15 Dragonfly trip Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com Most likely Tim will try Bear Creek for Giant Darners, etc., but since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species he will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. Call or email Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place. With his expertise as the author of a field guide to California dragonflies and damselflies, you can be sure that he will lead you to the best possible site. Bring your binoculars, water to drink and wear shoes that can get wet–just in case.
Sunday, July 16 FARALLONS PELAGIC TRIP 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.
Tuesday, July 18, 7am Granite Springs Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207, email@example.com Ann Burris, 947-7573, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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, July 22, 6:30am Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca Leaders: Gary Fregien, 708-0636, email@example.com Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 23, evening trip Bats and Swainson's Hawks Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 email@example.com 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.
Tuesday, July 25, 7am Cabbage Patch, Calaveras County Leader: Bill Bianco, 372-3318 firstname.lastname@example.org Bill will bird the Ramsey Fire (Sept. 2012) site at 6600 ft. elevation, located in eastern Calaveras County, about 2 - 2.5 hour drive from the meeting site. Plan on walking the fire roads, which will be downhill access and uphill return to the parking area. Elevation difference of 500 ft (moderate difficulty). Looking for woodpeckers, Western Tanagers, and other passerine birds. Depending on time additional birding can be on the Saint Michele Meadow Road. Trip will last until late afternoon, so bring lunch, liquids, sunscreen, insect repellent, and bring FRS radios and scopes if you have them. Meet at the Galt Park & Ride. From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104, Exit #277; turn left (east) on Twin Cities; cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd. The Park & Ride is just south of Twin Cities Road.
Saturday, July 29, 7am Sacramento Bar 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 birds. 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 30, 6:30am Post-drought Sierra Birding Leader: Jane Taylor, 587-3366 firstname.lastname@example.org By this trip, snow should have retreated from much of the Sierra, allowing access to several venues to seek birds. As other wet-winter conditions like muddy roads and trails or swampy meadows permit, Webber Lake/Lacey Meadow or Perazzo Meadow trails, Kyburz Flat, or Martis Creek Reservoir are possibilities. Birds, from a 2013 list for Lacey and Perazzo Meadows, that could be present include Willow Flycatcher, both eagles, Osprey, Virginia Rail, Calliope Hummingbird, Pygmy Nuthatch, Townsend’s Solitaire, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks. (No promises, though!). The trip should last into early afternoon, so bring lunch and plenty of liquids. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Saturday, August 5, 12 noon till sunset Common Nighthawks at sunset, Yuba Gap Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 email@example.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 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 6, 7am Shorebirds of the Sacramento Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 9, 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; 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 is required for all vehicles.