For reports on these trips, click here. Trip Findings are generally on Page 2 of the Observer newsletter.
Field Trips:Sept. 13th through Oct. 5th,2009. Scheduler, Mark Cudney, 987-2422
Saturday, September 13, 7:00 am Pt. Reyes for Vagrants Leader: Chris Conard, 362-5942, email@example.com There will be two trips to Point Reyes this fall for rare migrants.Chris is an expert birder who can sort out that confusing fall warbler. Be prepared for several miles of walking. Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding. Meet Chris at the Park & Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capitol Avenue exit off I-80; turn left at the stop light, then left into the Park & Ride.
Sunday, September 14, 7:30 am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci,833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Joint Mark to explore this part of the parkway. Returning winter species such as the crowned sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, mergansers and goldeneye may be seen, as well as resident species. A trip with Mark is always interesting and is appropriate for both newer and more experienced birders. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. There is a $5 per car entrance fee. Meet Mark at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road.
Wednesday, September 17, Evening Beaver Walk Leader: Jack Hiehle 967-0777 This will be one of your last opportunities this year to view the beaver with Jack on this evening walk. The seasons are changing and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to go on one of these trips.Give Jack a call for a meeting time and place.
Thursday, September 18, 7 am Capay Valley to Blue Ridge-(A Yolo Audubon Trip) Leader:Sami LaRocca, (530) 908-0288 Come along on this trip through the scenic Capay Valley; the timing is the transition from summer to autumn and the birds may surprise us.Driving along Hwy 16 there are a number of roads that lead off to the left and right which we’ll explore.We’ll go up to Blue Ridge via Rayhouse Road where Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers and Lawrence’s Goldfinch may be seen at Fiske Lake.Residents such as California Thrasher, Wrentit and Fox Sparrow should be found in the chaparral.Further on near the boundary with Lake County we’ll look for Osprey and Eagle nest sites at Davis Reservoir.Meet Sami at 7 am at the Marketplace Shopping Center (near Big 5 Sporting Goods, 1301 W. Covell, in Davis).Bring water, snacks, lunch and hiking shoes.All levels of birders welcome, some binoculars will be available. We’ll plan on returning by mid-afternoon.
Saturday, September 20, 7:00 am Point Reyes for Vagrants Leaders: Mark Cudney, 987-2422Tim Steurer, 806-7071 Join Mark and Tim on this annual trip to the coast for rare fall migrants. With fall migration in full swing, who knows what will appear. The geography of Point Reyes Peninsula makes it a magnet for warblers and shorebirds migrating south. Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding. Meet Mark and Tim at the Park & Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capitol Avenue exit off I-80; turn left at the stop light, then left into the Park & Ride.
Saturday, September 20, Tall Forest, Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information: 684-2816 Meet at the Farm Center Gate at the intersection of Desmond and Bruceville Roads, ON TIME, to join this monthly bird count. Usually led by John Trochet, this foray into an area usually closed to the public is a great opportunity to bird the area with a very experienced birder, who will find any rarities present. You must check the recorded information a day or so before the trip to get the exact meeting time and any other updated details. Arrive early, as this trip always leaves the parking area promptly.
Sunday, September 21, 7:30 am Reichmuth Park Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009, Ylightfoot@aol.com Join Tim at the park entrance on Gloria Drive and 43rd Avenue at 7:30 a.m. In the past Tim has found many uncommon birds in Reichmuth Park.On this first day of autumn he will be looking for fall migrants, warblers, vireos and flycatchers. This is a good chance to work on identifying birds in confusing fall plumage, and Tim has the expertise to do it.
Saturday-Sunday, September 27 & 28, Monterey Bay Coastal and Pelagic Trip Two-Day Monterey Trip, leader to be announced Reservations: Ken Hashagen 635-4435 Click here for details.Saturday: The best pelagic birding in North America - Monterey Bay. Sunday: Visit several Monterey Peninsula and adjacent area hot spots for land and shore birds.
Tuesday, September 30, Last Evening Beaver Walk Leader: Jack Hiehle 967-0777 Joint Jack for the season’s last Beaver Walk. In addition to beaver, muskrats are sometimes seen. Herons and egrets make an appearance and Jack will point out other interesting birds and plants of the area. Call him for the meeting time and place.
Saturday, October 4, 8:00 am Bushy Lake Leader: Dan Brown,362-2458, email@example.com Join Dan for a look at some of the birds that live along this section of the American River Parkway. This will be about a 4 mile hike and will end before lunch. Bring water and appropriate footgear. Meet in the parking lot of the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, located just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo.
Sunday, October 5, 8:00 am River Bend (Goethe) Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie at the first parking lot on the right past the entrance kiosk at 7:30 a.m. for this morning walk. We will look for resident birds and wintering species along the levee, in the oak woodland and down at the river. This walk will end before noon and is a good trip for beginners. River Bend (formerly Goethe) Park is at the end of Rod Beaudry Drive off Folsom Boulevard. From Highway 50 take the Bradshaw exit, go north to Folsom Boulevard, east to Rod Beaudry Drive and turn left. There is a $5 park entrance fee; call Cathie if you want to meet outside the park and carpool in.