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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 2020

 

AS OF OCTOBER 2020,

CSAS FIELD TRIPS ARE

CAUTIOUSLY COMMENCING

We will observe strict social-distancing protocols as we continue and expand our field trips. Everyone participating in these group events is requested to take their temperature on the day of the trip, and it must be below 99 degrees to participate. Masks and hand sanitizer should be part of everyone’s supplies as well as water, sunscreen, hat and birding equipment. There can be no sharing of scopes etc. As Kit says, we can share our enthusiasm!  We have 6 walkie-talkies which are sanitized before and after each trip so that, if you wish to use one, you can share sightings with the other participants on the way.

In addition to field trips, we also suggest a self-guided tour along with likely birds at that site.  This suggestion is updated and changed each month.

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Thursday, June 10 – Fahey Meadows

This is an interesting habitat outside of Long Barn that I have enjoyed exploring for several years. I did lead a trip here in June 2019 that received favorable responses. While we may not see a high number of species, I believe we will see some more unusual ones. Highlights from past visits have included Calliope Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow and some Warblers and Flycatchers, too. Please bring snacks/lunch, water and sunscreen.
We will meet at the Mi-Wok Ranger Station (along Hwy 108 less than 10 minutes above Twain Harte) at 8:00 am. We hope to have car pooling available for fully vaccinated attendees at the discretion of those driving. It will be about a  40 minute drive from the ranger station. We will make a brief pit stop at the North Fork Day Use Area on our way out. There are no facilities at the Meadow. We will return to this site for our lunch where there are picnic tables overlooking the river. We got to see an American Dipper here last time! The trip will involve walking on mostly level terrain of about a mile. We should be back to the ranger station by 1:30 or 2:00 pm.
For this trip, please RSVP (in case there are any changes) to Kit DeGear. Call or text my cell at #925-822-5215 or email me at kdegear@gmail.com

Self-guided Field Trip

White Pines Lake should provide some good Spring birding. In past years at this time, the Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, some Flycatchers and many Warblers should be arriving or present. It is a lovely park. I would suggest some morning birding followed by a picnic lunch at one of the many sites available. It is about an hour for Sonora residents but obviously much closer for our Calaveras contingent. Take a left turn from Hwy 4 (on your way out of the town of Arnold ) on Blagen Rd. opposite the El Vaquero restaurant. Make another left on Lyons Park and you have arrived. If you continue on, other picnic areas are available along the lake. At the far end of the lake by the sports field parking lot you can cross a small bridge into the disc golf area. If you bear right (away from the disc golfers) you can take a fairly short walk along some willows by a stream that will take you to a road that loops you back to the sport field parking area. Happy Birding!            Kit DeGear Field Trip Chair

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