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, October 1 – Nov 11, 2015 Scheduler: Oct. 1 through Nov 1, Cathie LaZier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882, after Nov. 1, Maureen Geiger, email@example.com, 444-0804.
Thursday, October 1, 8am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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, October 3, 7:30am Solano Lake/Putah Creek Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@yahoo.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.
Sunday, October 4, 7am SHARP! Solano County Bay to Valley Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 email@example.com Join Dan for a full day of birding across Solano County, from the bay shores and back through the hills toward Vacaville. We’ll start at Dan Foley Park across Lake Chabot from Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo. This city park is a hidden gem with mature redwood, bay, and manzanita harboring coastal residents such as Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Varied Thrush, and Townsend's Warbler, and many migrants as well as a nice variety of ducks and gulls on the lake. From there we will take Redwood Boulevard west to a little shopping center with an access point to view White Slough; the tidal flats we pass along HWY 37 on our way to the coast which are pretty nearly always packed with shorebirds! Turning back east, we’ll have lunch at Lynch Canyon Open Space, an excellent vantage point for raptors such as Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, and Ferruginous Hawk. We’ll finish the day at Lagoon Valley between Fairfield and Vacaville, one of the best locations around for seeing copious amounts of diving ducks. In recent years some very nice rarities have shown up there including Trumpeter Swan, Tufted Duck, and Swamp Sparrow. Bring a lunch and liquids and meet Dan by 7am at the Park & Ride in West Sacramento. From I-80 take the West Capitol Ave exit; turn left at the light; then left again into the lot. Please note there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle at Dan Foley Park.
Wednesday, October 7, 8am - noon Shadow Glen/Snowberry Creek Leader: Lea Landry, 638-1141 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 10, 7am Putah Creek Preserve Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a morning walk along Putah Creek in search of late migrants and wintering riparian birds. If the participants so desire, we may also visit Solano Lake or Monticello Dam. Meet Ben at the Park & Ride lot off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. This is a good trip for experienced birders and beginners alike.
Sunday, October 11, 8am William Pond Park 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 returning migrants and resident birds. Along the river mergansers and possibly goldeneye can be found in the backwaters and wrens and towhees call from the bushes. California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park area, and Larry will be looking for returning White and Golden-crowned Sparrows. 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.
Wednesday, October 14, 8am Nimbus Fish Hatchery/American River Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 Cloudwalk7@aol.com Join Craig to check out the returning gulls and waterfowl as well as wintering passerines. Herons and egrets, Double-crested Cormorants, and White-throated Swifts can usually be seen, and Osprey, falcons and the occasional Bald Eagle are also possibilities. This is a good trip for both beginning and more experienced birders. Meet at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery parking lot. From Hwy. 50 go north on Hazel Avenue; turn left on Gold Country Blvd and the Hatchery is on your right.
Saturday, October 17, 8am American River Parkway Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com Join Darrell for a leisurely walk on the north side of the river across from the Paradise Beach area. The area is fairly typical of most Parkway locations but does have an overabundance of grapes with slightly less blackberry and elderberry which helps in attracting possible overwintering fruit lovers such as Western Tanager. We may encounter common winter birds such as Fox and Lincoln Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Common Goldeneye and crowned sparrows as well as residents such as Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee and California Quail. There are elevated views of the river and well-worn trails. Trip will probably end around 11am. 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. (Same meeting place as Bushy Lake trips, but the trip will go upstream.)
Saturday, October 17, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and birders Maureen Geiger and Sharon Wisecarver from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 18, 7:30am Newell Open Space Preserve/American Canyon Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277 email@example.com This recently opened Preserve has several miles of hiking trails in the beautiful rolling ranchland of Napa County. Join Maureen and Ken on a walk to see what Fall brings to the riparian area and the oak-studded hills. After a walk of about 1.5 miles on an easy trail, we will drive to the American Canyon Wetlands to have lunch, then bird our way along Wetlands Edge Road where we should find good numbers of ducks and shorebirds due to the low tide. Bring lunch, liquids and layers in case of chilly marine weather. FRS radios and scopes will be helpful. This trip will last into early afternoon. Meet Maureen at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento at 7:30. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. Alternate meeting places are the Safeway parking lot in Fairfield by 8:15 (from I-80W, take exit #47B right onto Waterman Road, then left into the Safeway parking lot); or meet at the Newell Preserve by 8:30 (from I-80W, take the American Canyon Drive exit #36; turn right at the stop; proceed about half a mile and turn right onto Newell Drive. The trailhead is at the end of Newell which dead-ends at the parking lot.
Monday, October 19, 8am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Bob McCleary, 960-3390 firstname.lastname@example.org Bob is a docent at the Nature Center and knows the trails, and where to find the birds. On this morning walk he’ll be looking for both resident and wintering birds. Meet him in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, October 21, 9am Mather Lake Leader: Sheila Green, 813-1470 email@example.com Mather Lake is a great local birding location, with a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron and Pied-billed Grebes. 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.
Saturday, October 24, 7am Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary Leader: Cliff Hawley, 300-2495 yellowhammerCA@gmail.com Bobelaine Sanctuary is a 430 acre remnant Gallery Riparian area on the Feather River opposite the mouth of the Bear River. There are about five miles of trails we can walk with nice river views and many native plants. We'll be looking for later fall migrants and returning wintering birds. Meet Cliff at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd., go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Rd., and then turn right into the parking area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. If you wish to meet at Bobelaine, take Hwy. 99 north toward Yuba City and 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. The group will probably arrive there about 7:30.
Saturday, October 24, 4:30pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Our Sandhill Cranes are back! And your SOSC leaders will also be looking for the wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors who feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta. After birding the boardwalk at the CRP Lost Slough Wetlands, we'll drive along Desmond Road, and possibly to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island to see flocks of cranes coming in to roost. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars, snacks and water if you wish. Meet at the CRP Visitor Center for a brief presentation of Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and status prior to the trip. 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.
Sunday, October 25, 7am Bodega Bay Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Join Scott and Mark 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 & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capitol Ave exit. Turn left, and the Park & Ride will be on your immediate left. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.Participants on last year's trip said "Our outing with you was the best Audubon trip we have taken.....added 10 birds to my life list!"
Sunday, October 25, 4:30pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See information for trip on Saturday, October 24th.
Tuesday, October 27, 8am Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org Fall migration is underway, and Colusa NWR is a great location to view various species of newly arrived ducks and geese. We will spend a good amount of time on the viewing platform, and possibly take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will take the short auto tour to finish our outing to this wonderful NWR. Scopes and FRS radios will be helpful on this trip. Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd Park and Ride. 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.
Friday, October 30, 8:30am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com Our Sandhill Cranes are back for the winter, joining swans, geese and a wide variety of duck species. Yellowlegs and Wilson’s Snipe will be in the shallower water, and other shorebirds are possible. We’ll walk the CRP boardwalk loop first; then drive along Desmond Road for more views of waterfowl. Meet Cathie at the CRP Visitor Center parking lot about 8:30 am. Bring water and snacks and dress for changeable weather. Spotting scopes are helpful if you have them. This is a great trip for beginning birders. 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.
Saturday, October 31, 8am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations at all seasons of the year, and he always turns up quite a list of bird species. Possibilities include Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Bittern, Green Heron, and Pied-billed Grebe. 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.
Saturday, October 31, 4:30pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See write up for trip on October 24th.
Sunday, November 1, 8am Note Change to Daylight SavingsTime 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 the Park & Ride by Brookfield’s Restaurant, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road. Turn left just past the Shell Station, and park on the right in the Park & Ride.
Sunday, November 1, 3:30pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See write up for trip on October 24, but note that October crane trips begin at 4:30pm and November trips begin at 3:30pm due to DST change.
Saturday, November 7, 8am Sutter's Landing Regional Park Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 email@example.com Join Ben to visit a newer birding destination for SAS. He will lead a low-key trip along the American River Parkway to find the common and resident species of this landmark area of Sacramento. This time of year, many species are possible with wintering raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. This is a great trip for beginners and experienced birders as well. The trip will end before noon and is located close to downtown Sacramento. Bring liquids and be prepared to walk several miles in the Parkway. From Business 80 heading east (towards Cal-Expo), exit on E Street, turn left onto E and then right on 28th Street which dead ends at the Park. Heading west on Bus. 80, also take the E Street exit; turn right onto E Street, then right again onto 28th and proceed to the Park
Sunday, November 8, 8am Sacramento Wildlife Refuge Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192 firstname.lastname@example.org Andi will be looking for the enormous flocks of ducks, geese and swans that winter in the valley or stop to feed on their way south. This is also a good place for raptors, and Bald Eagles can be found here regularly. 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. FRS radios are helpful on this trip. Meet at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd., go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Rd., and then turn right into the parking area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. Please note there is a $6 day use fee for each vehicle at the refuge. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Wednesday, November 11, 8am Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Leader: Bill Bianco, 372-3318 or 889-4849 email@example.com This UC Davis Reserve along the banks of the Putah Creek can be a wonderful place to find migrants this time of year as well as wintering passerines and resident species. Join Bill for a leisurely morning walk on this easy trail west of UC Davis. This trip is good for beginners and those already familiar with the excellent birding on the Creek and will end before lunch. From I-80 near Davis, take Hwy. 113 north and exit on Hutchison Drive. Turn left and at the first round-about, stay right, passing new student housing, and at the second round-about go west onto Hutchison Drive. At 1.3 miles turn left onto Hopkins Road. About 1 mile south on Hopkins you will find a parking lot on the left and the entrance to the Reserve.
DUCKS (AND MORE) IN SCOPES at Cosumnes River Preserve
October, Saturdays, 10/24 and 10/31, November, Saturday 11/14 and Sunday 11/29, December, Sunday 12/6 and Saturdays 12/12, 12/19 and 12/26, and, Friday, January 1.
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 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: October, Saturdays, 10/24 and 10/31, November, Saturday 11/14 and Sunday 11/29, December, Sunday 12/6 and Saturdays 12/12, 12/19 and 12/26, and to start the New Year off right, Friday, January 1st.