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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, January 2 — 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 January 2, 2019 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.
The species count on the rainy December Bird Walk was 24, including a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a flock of 15 Cedar Waxwings.
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. For additional information call Jean at (209) 962-7598 or  or email Jean.

Saturday, January 26 — Ironstone Winery

Come join us to view birds at Ironstone Winery in Murphys, our first trip there for quite some time.  In its rich habitat comprising many oak of various ages and sizes, wetlands and pond, open lawns and vines we will see many species, including several woodpeckers species as well as several “little brown jobs” – those small, fast-moving birds that can challenge your ID skills!  There’s a resident Red-shouldered Hawk that may deign us with a scream or view – or not of course!  We’ll see various ducks and, if we’re lucky, a Belted Kingfisher.
As you may know, Ironstone has a delightful deli to complement the wine tasting, so you may want to end the visit sampling their cuisine.
We’ll meet in the lower parking lot at 8:30am and our walk will last two to three hours. Rain will cancel the trip. From highway 4 at Murphys take Main Street and turn left at Scott Street until you bear left where Scott Street ends to become 6 Mile Road. From there the formal entrance to Ironstone is just one mile on the right (don’t take what looks like an entrance halfway on the right – it’s a working gate). Just inside the main Ironstone entrance, bear left and park about 100 yards along on the left side. For additional information call Kit (925) 822-5215 or email Kit.

Sunday, January 27 – Indigeny 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.
On our last visit on November 25, six of us enjoyed a glorious Sunday morning after the recent rains. It was particularly nice to get outdoors and work off some of the Thanksgiving Day feast calories! Although a relatively quiet morning, the fall colors were at their peak. Highlights included a flock of almost 50 Band-tailed Pigeons, Lincoln Sparrow, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Cedar Waxwings, Bewick’s Wrens and actually seeing the “ruby crown” on one of the Ruby-crowned Kinglets! We saw a total of 36 species.
The walk will last two to three hours. 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. For additional information call Kit (925) 822-5215 or email Kit.