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 Oct. 12 to Nov 17, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 8:30am
Cosumnes River Preserve
Leader: John Huls, 485-2789 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet John at the Visitor Center parking lot for this morning walk looking for returning migrants. Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers and Gadwall should be in the ponds, along with Black-necked Stilts, Common Snipe and Yellowlegs. Marsh Wrens may be heard in the tules, and there’s always the possibility of Sandhill Cranes. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road, (Exit #498); go left (east) about 1 mile 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 an excellent trip for beginners, and for those who want to brush up on their waterfowl identification skills.
Sunday, October 14, 7am SHARP!
Solano Lake/Putah Creek
Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com
The lake is a good area for wintering ducks including possible Barrow’s Goldeneye and Hooded Mergansers. Phainopeplas are possible, and Pileated Woodpeckers have been found in the area several times during the last year. A drive up Putah Creek may turn up wintering passerines as well. There is a $5 per car fee at the Lake Solano campground. Bring lunch and liquids and meet Mark at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From I-80 take the West Capitol Ave exit; turn left at the light; then left again into the lot. Plan on a trip lasting into the afternoon.
Tuesday, October 16, 7:45am
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Colusa NWR is another great location in the Central Valley to view large waterfowl concentrations. There will be many duck species and plenty of Snow, Ross’s, Greater White-fronted and possibly a few Cackling Geese as well as other wetland birds. Eurasian Wigeon is often seen here as well, and we can expect many raptors with the possibility of Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. We will spend a good amount of time on the main viewing platform, and then take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will then take the short auto tour and finish our outing with a return visit to the platform. 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 and Ride at 7:45am. From Sacramento, take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again at the signal light to the Park and Ride entrance a short distance beyond 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. Bring snacks and liquids as the trip will end in the very late morning to very early afternoon. We will leave the meeting area at 8am SHARP.
Saturday, October 20, 7am SHARP!
Hope Valley – Alpine County Fall Foliage Birding
Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 email@example.com
Autumn color explodes in mid October at Hope Valley. Join Dan to enjoy the fall foliage and to look for resident and specialty birds that include: Sooty (Blue) Grouse, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Stellar’s Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Cassin’s Finch. Some of the terrain is hilly, so wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. A camera is a recommended addition to your pack. Bring water and lunch. FRS radios would also be helpful on this trip. Meet Dan at the north end of the Raley’s parking lot 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. Meet at the far north end of the parking lot. We will leave at 7am sharp!
Saturday, Oct 20
FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIP
Autumn is here and migrating and winter birds are returning, so plan to join a family-friendly field trip and see what’s out there. These monthly birding and nature walks are specifically geared to and appropriate for families and children. There is a trip limit to ensure a quality experience for all. Register for trips by contacting Maureen Geiger, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 444-0804.
Sunday, October 21, 8am
American River between Watt and Howe
Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791 email@example.com
Join Dan at his favorite spot along the Parkway in search of our wintering birds, and get to know an area he knows well. He’ll find our resident and wintering birds, and will be looking for uncommon species; he’s found a White-throated Sparrow the last four years. There are well worn trails and some that require a little more work, so depending on everyone’s ability, he will decide how strenuous the walk will be in the morning. The trip will last until lunch time. Meet Dan at the Watt Avenue entrance to the Parkway in the first parking lot on the left as you drive in. Park access is off La Riviera just east of Watt Avenue. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles or you can park on La Riviera and walk in. This is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk, for this morning walk through the oak woodland and along the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as fall migrants. This is a good trip 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.
This morning walk will include riparian habitat, ridge trails and a good view of Lake Natoma. Lea will be looking for both woodland birds and waterfowl. There may be some short steep climbs on the trail, and if the rains come it may be muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. Bring liquids and snacks if you wish. Lea usually finds a nice variety of birds on this trip, which is suitable for both beginning and experienced birders. Meet Lea in the parking lot of the Snowberry Creek Equestrian Staging area, (Shadow Glen Stables), about ¼ mile east on Main, from where Main and Sunset Avenues meet in Orangevale.
Saturday, October 27, 3:30pm
Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley
A Save Our Sandhill Cranes-sponsored trip
Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392
Our Sandhill Cranes are back! They, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, and hawks patrol overhead. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center deck at 3:30pm to hear a brief presentation of Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and status. Then we’ll stroll the boardwalk in the Lost Slough Wetlands, enjoying views of the cranes, wintering 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, October 28, 7:30am
Spenceville Wildlife Area
Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org
This scenic recreational area of rolling hillsides, streams, reservoirs and ponds offers a variety of wildlife. Join Richard as he searches this foothill area for wintering waterfowl, raptors and passerine species. The trip involves moderate hiking; wear appropriate footwear and layered clothing. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Richard at Brookfield’s restaurant parking lot in Roseville. Take Eureka Road exit off I-80; go right on Eureka and first left at the stoplight (Taylor Road). The restaurant is located behind the Shell gas station.
Sunday, October 28, 3:30pm
Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley
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.
Leader: Linda Pittman, 715-1876 email@example.com (email preferred)
Bobelaine is a 430 acre National Audubon Sanctuary on the Feather River, managed by Sacramento Audubon. This riparian forest of cottonwoods, sycamores and willows is home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Join Linda for a 1 to 2 mile walk along the trails looking for resident and wintering birds. Herons, egrets, cormorants and grebes should be on the water, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a variety of sparrows will be settling in for the winter.
To reach the sanctuary, take Hwy 99 north toward Yuba City; about 2 miles north of the Feather River Bridge, turn right on Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot. Bring water and snacks. This trip will end by noon.
Sunday, November 4, 7am
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Scott for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. Bring lunch, water and warm clothes. Meet at the Park and Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capitol Ave exit. Turn left, and the Park and Ride will be on your immediate left. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Saturday, November 10, 8am
Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com
Meet Darrell in the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo. Darrell will be looking for a variety of resident and wintering species; Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours. You may want to bring water. This is a good trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Sunday, November 11, 8am
Buck’s Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills
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. This area has good and varied habitat and there is always the possibility of finding unusual birds such as the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker of several years ago. She will also be scouting for the Folsom Christmas Bird Count which includes this area. 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 left on Silva Valley Parkway. Park on the right.
Thursday-Monday, November 15-18
Central Valley Birding Symposium
Contact: Frances Oliver (209) 369-2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join others from near and far and enjoy the company of great birders and naturalists such as Ed Harper, John Sterling, Ron LeValley, Joe Morlan and Jon Dunn in a variety of workshops to hone your skills. Enjoy the ever popular “stump the experts” bird ID panel which is always fun and interesting. Field trips visit surrounding hot spots to celebrate the diversity of birds wintering in the Central Valley. Check the schedule of field trips and programs, then register at www.cvbs.org. More information can be found on page 8.
Sunday, November 18, 8am
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192 email@example.com
Andi will be looking for early flocks of ducks and geese that winter in the valley or feed on their way south. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon, so bring lunch, drinks and warm clothes. Please note there is a fee for each vehicle at the refuge: either $6 for a day pass or a $12 Refuge Annual Pass. Meet Andi at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From I-80 take the West Capitol Ave exit; turn left at the light; then left again into the lot.