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, Sept. 9 through Nov. 2, 2014. Schedulers: before 9/29/14, Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org, after 9/29/14, Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com.
Saturday, September 13, 7am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Ben for a morning walk checking out the resident birds, and looking for fall migrants. Meet Ben at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. This is a good trip for beginners. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, September 14, 7am - 11:30am SRCSD Bufferlands Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Bufferlands are 2,500 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove and not typically open to the public. Habitat types include riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, grasslands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands, and many habitat restoration sites. This is a good time of year to look for migrating songbirds. Be prepared for 3 miles of easy walking. From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the Meadowview/Pocket Rd exit (the first exit north of Laguna Blvd, and the first exit south of Florin Rd). Head east on Meadowview and then turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd. In one mile, just past the former entrance to Stonecrest Ave, meet in the large gravel lot on the right side of Freeport Blvd at the north edge of the town of Freeport. This is a new meeting location made necessary because of major road construction. Saturday, September 20, 7amPoint Reyes for Vagrants Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan 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 Dan at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park and Ride lot.
Saturday, September 20, 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 Sheila Green and Sharon Wisecarver from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.
Sunday, September 21, 7am Fall Migration “Wild Card” Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com DanTankersley, 662-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Scott and Dan in pursuit of fall migrants. But this trip has a twist: the destinations will be a mystery until the day of the trip. Scott and Dan will be watching the posts for rarities, and scouting locations. Depending on where the birding has been best recently, the agenda might likely include coastal or Bay Area locations, or something more local. So be prepared for a fun and adventurous full day in the field. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, dress for possible cooler coastal weather and be prepared for a fair amount of easy to moderate hiking. Meet at the Park and 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 and Ride lot.
Thursday, September 25, 8:30amCancelled due to road closures Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 email@example.com 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. Raptors such as Peregrine Falcon are possible also. 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 and go under the freeway, then make a left up onto the levee and drop down into the Wildlife Area. The trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A). Scopes are helpful on this trip, which is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon.
Saturday, September 27, 7:30am Discovery Park Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 Cell # for that morning only: 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org This park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for a walk in any season. Join Maureen to look for migrants, early winter arrivals, and resident species generally found in the park such as Yellow-billed Magpies, Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawks and White-tailed Kites. Other possibilities include wrens, woodpeckers and bluebirds. Generally, there is an unlocked restroom near the beginning of the walk. This walking trip will last until late morning. This is a great trip for beginners. To reach Discovery from I-5, drive east on the Garden Highway, turning right into the park at the first traffic light. Once in the park, you need a Sacramento County Parks Annual Pass, or you must stop at the kiosk and register, paying the $5 entrance fee. Then turn left at your first opportunity and then left again, driving a short distance to the farthest parking lot at the south end of the archery range where we will meet.
Sunday, September 28, 7am Search for Fall Rarities Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com Point Reyes and Bodega Bay are known this time of year for producing rare fall migrants. Chris will be watching posts and checking conditions to see where birding might be best. These locations are both good, so either way it should be a fun trip. Be prepared for a full day, so bring a lunch and plenty of water. Dress for possible cooler coastal weather and be prepared for a fair amount of easy to moderate hiking. Meet at the Park and 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 and Ride lot.
Wednesday, October 1, 8am to 11am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Sally for a morning bird walk along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. Sally will be looking for returning winter sparrows and waterfowl, plus the resident wrens, towhees, and other small passerine birds. From Highway 50 take Howe Ave north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn left onto Fair Oaks and cross over the American River. Turn right on Carlson Ave, which is the first stop light past the American River bridge. Continue on Carlson Ave to its end, at Glenn Hall Park. Meet on top of the levee. This will be a fairly easy walk, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, October 4, 7:30am 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. Join him to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Common Yellowthroat. 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.
Sunday, October 5, 8am - noon Shadow Glen/Snowberry Creek Leader: Lea Landry, 638-1141 email@example.com 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.
Wednesday, October 8, 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.
Saturday, October 11th, 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.
Sunday, October 12, 7am SHARP! Solano Lake/Putah Creek Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Wednesday, October 15, 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 18, 8am American River Parkway, Spanos Ct. Access Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 parking area at the end of the Spanos Court cul-de-sac along the levee. Spanos Court runs west off Howe Ave. between Northrup and Sierra Blvd.
Saturday, October 18, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. In addition to the resident birds, you may see recently returned White and Golden-Crowned Sparrows, or possibly some Common Mergansers on the river. Reservations are not needed, families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalist/birders John Huls and Ann Burris from Audubon and docents from the nature center who know the area and enjoy sharing their knowledge. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.
Sunday, October 19, 8am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com 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 returning fall migrants. This is a very 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.
Thursday, October 23, 8am Upper Sunrise Park Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 Ishim2000@comcast.net Meet Marlene at the north end of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery parking lot for this morning walk. We should see some gulls, Goldeneyes, (Common and Barrow’s), White-throated Swifts, Phainopeplas, and Western Bluebirds. Expect to walk about two miles at birders’ pace. The path will be mostly level and the trip will end by noon. This is a good trip for beginners.
Saturday, October 25, 7am SHARP! Hope Valley – Alpine County Fall Foliage Birding Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Steller’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, October 25, 3:30 PM 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.
Sunday, October 26, 7am Bodega Bay Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 : email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
Sunday, October 26, 3:30PM
Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley
Another chance to see our recently returned Sandhill Cranes, as well as other wintering waterfowl. See October 25th trip for details.
Tuesday, October 28, 8am Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 email@example.com 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 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 to finish our outing to this wonderful NWR. 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. 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.
Saturday, November 1, 7am SHARP Calaveras Big Trees State Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll take a leisurely walk on the 1-1/2 mile loop trail through the North Grove of Giant Sequoias, enjoying dogwood, hazelnut, and big leaf maple in fall color. Hoped-for birds include White-headed Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Stellar’s Jay and Douglas Squirrel are a certainty. Afterwards we’ll picnic at the meadow, so bring a lunch and liquids, and we’ll make a short stop at the visitor center before an optional short afternoon hike. Meet Cathie at the Starbucks in the Raley’s Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd. (between Watt and Howe), to LEAVE at 7 a.m. SHARP. Or meet in the large visitor’s day parking lot at Calaveras around 9am. There is an entrance fee to this State Park. This trip is good for beginners.
Sunday, November 2, 8:00am Note Daylight Saving Time ends!
Spenceville Wildlife Area Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com 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.