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Field Trips

All CSAS trips are open to the public, and beginning birders, including children, are welcome on day trips. Bring drinking water and a lunch or snacks. Suggested apparel: Muted colors in clothing and hats; sturdy shoes, a sun hat and sunscreen, and insect repellent are advisable for all trips. Dress layered, particularly in winter months. Carry water and snacks. Bring binoculars, spotting scopes and birding field guides if you have them and insect repellent and sunscreen if needed.
NOTE: Heavy rain cancels field trips. If in doubt, call the trip leader by one hour before the meeting time.
You may call 949-922-1455 for additional information regarding any of the trips listed below. — Ken Smith, Field Trip Chair

A Note from Ken Smith, Field Trip Chairman

Local trips (Tuolumne and Calaveras County) or away trips (out-of-county) are always needed .  December and January are for the Christmas Bird Counts, however a late January trip is good. That being said I shall accept nearly anything the CSAS membership has at any time through November 2016.  I am trying to set up long-term calendar dates for the Squawker, our Website, and Meet-Up. We still need more volunteer field trip leaders. Remember, you do not need to be a great bird identification expert. You simply need to know a good birding route in your neighborhood in the Tuolumne and Calaveras counties area. If you see something different or have a new or preferred location please GO FOR IT!! You do not need to be a member of the Audubon Society to volunteer, although we would love to have you. Contact Ken Smith, CSAS Field Trip Chair at 949‐922‐1455 or email Ken.

Upcoming Field Trips

Saturday, January 20 — “String of Pearls” (Oakdale)

This time Paolo will start the trip at the Oakdale Recreation Area on the Stanislaus River. This is often a good location to see the generally elusive Green Heron. Further on we might see Virginia Rail and Common Yellowthroat along with Song Sparrows. We may hear the rattle or, if we’re really lucky, see a Belted Kingfisher, while Spotted Sandpipers and Killdeer may also be present. Last year at the covered bridge we saw an unusual sight – a large flock of American Goldfinches.
Meet 8:30am at Perko’s in Sonora to carpool. This will be a 100 mile round trip from Sonora so have enough gas! Bring layered clothing in muted colors, binoculars and scopes and lunch. If you wish to meet at Oakdale, the recreation area is just off River Road in Oakdale. That is, turn right at the traffic lights in Oakdale and then, after crossing the Stanislaus River Bridge, turn left on River Road. The 2nd left, Liberini Ave, takes you to the parking lot where we’ll assemble at 9:30am.  If you have any questions, call Paolo Maffei at 532-8426

Sunday, January 28 — Indigney Reserve

Please join me as we bird through the beautiful grounds at Indigeny. Besides the apple orchards, there are large oaks, some pines, stream-side thickets and a marshy area with reeds that provide some great habitats for birds. As always, bring your binoculars and/or scopes, wear muted colors and you may wish to include a hat, sunscreen and water.
There were five of us for the Nov. 26th Indigeny Bird Walk. All in all a fairly quiet day. I wonder if the birds were hunkered down for the impending storm? Highlight was the Sharp-shinned Hawk just hanging out above our heads in an Oak by the parking lot. 25 species were seen.
The walk will last 2-3 hrs. Children are welcome! Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM. Rain will cancel the trip. Follow the signs from the intersection of Greenley and Lyons/Bald Mountain Roads in Sonora. After a few miles on Lyons/Bald Mountain Road, turn right onto Apple Hill Drive where there is a large sign that says ” Apple Valley Ranches.” A quick left turn onto Summers Lane leads you to Indigeny. Call Kit at (925) 822-5215 or email Kit.

Wednesday, February 7 — G C S D Walk

The first Wednesday of the month Bird Walk at the Groveland Community Services District property at 18966 Ferretti Road, Groveland will be led by Jean Ridgley on February 7. The property encompasses an area of more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three water storage ponds.
On the January 3 Bird Walk, 33 species were seen. The highlights were Sharp-shinned Hawk, Hutton’s Vireo, Brown Creeper and Cedar Waxwings.
Birders who wish to bird at GCSD must be accompanied by an authorized birder and have signed an Agreement and Release from Liability. Meet the group in the GCSD parking lot at 8:00 AM. Bring binoculars and a birding field guide if you have one. Rain will cancel the trip. The walk will last about two to three hours. If you have any questions, call Jeanne at 962-7598 or email Jeanne.