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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.

Upcoming Field Trips

Wednesday, November 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 will be led by Jeanne Ridgley on November 7 at 8:00 AM. The property encompasses an area of more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three water storage ponds.
On the October field trip, 33  species were  seen, including a Spotted Sandpiper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler and three species of Sparrows–White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Song and Lincoln’s.
Access for birders here is limited. Birders must be accompanied by an authorized birder.  Please 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.

 

Saturday, October 27 – Salt Spring Valley

This valley is so prolific with a wide variety of birds (as in the trip report) that we will return again this month – in fact, I’m planning on this valley being a regular monthly field trip.  I’m hoping that on this visit we will see the resident pair of White-tailed Kites – no guarantees though!  Meet at 8am opposite the pond about 1/4 mile along Rock Creek Road off Highway 4 near Copperopolis.  Bring water, lunch and radios (for convoying) if you have them. We’ll stop for lunch at the resort ($10 per car).  Finish by 2pm. Barry Boulton (209) 596-0612 or email Barry