For reports on these trips, click here. Trip Findings are generally on Page 2 of the Observer newsletter. ___________________________________________________________
Trips for Sep 22- Oct 12, 2007 Scheduler: Mark Cudney 987-2422
Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:00 a.m. Point Reyes for Vagrants Leader:Chris Conard, 362-5942, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Chris 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 Chris at the Park & Ride in West Sacramento.From Sacramento take the West Capitol Ave. exit off I-80; turn left at the stop light, then left into the Park & Ride.
Sunday, Sept. 23, 8:00 am till mid-afternoon Point Diablo Hawk Watch Marin Headlands Leader:Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, email@example.com Join Maureen and other raptor enthusiasts for a trek to Marin Headlands to witness one of the Pacific Flyway’s most dramatic events as migrating hawks funnel down the coast and head over the straits near the Golden Gate.Buteos, accipiters, and falcons will fly over, and migrating swifts, swallows and Band-tailed Pigeons may also be seen.Often, there is a demonstration at 1 p.m. of a newly caught and banded raptor which is then released.Mornings are foggy but the fog should break by noon, giving spectacular views.A folding chair can also add to your comfort.Meet Maureen at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento.Take the West Capitol exit; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.Call Maureen for a secondary meeting place in Fairfield.
Thursday, Sept. 27 LAST Evening Beaver Walk Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Join 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-Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30 Monterey Bay Coastal and Pelagic Trip Leader:Mark Cudney, 987-2422 Reservations:Ken Hashagen, 635-4435 Please see the previous Observer for details. Saturday:The best pelagic birding in North America – Monterey Bay. Sunday:Visit several Monterey Peninsula and adjacent hot spots for land and shore birds.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:30 a.m. Reichmuth Park Leader:Tim Manolis, 485-9009 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, Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m. Bodega Bay Leader:Andi Salmi, 691-7216 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Andi 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 birds alike.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 8:00 a.m. Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader:Mark Martucci, 722-6098, email@example.com Join 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 Ave., off Winding Way, just west of Hazel.There is a $4 per car entrance fee.Meet Mark at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road.
Friday, Oct. 12, 8:00 a.m. till noon Bannister Park Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Summer is over and Jack is beginning his series of American River Parkway trips again.Join him to identify the common and more unusual plants of the Parkway, as well as looking for a variety of birds, including raptors, waterbirds and passerines.Meet Jack in the parking lot at the end of Bannister Road, south off Fair Oaks Blvd., west of Sunrise Blvd.