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Calendar: Field Trips

Join one of our many free field trips led by a very experienced leader. You do not have to be a member to participate, although we are sure you will want to join us to support these popular activities.

Please carpool if possible. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.

Field trip leaders - please use this participant sign-in sheet (PDF).

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September

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday September 3 12:00 PM (one hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Contact organizer Silviana Ruiz (408) 730-7545 to attend. Difficulty Level: Birding geared toward beginners. Notes: Bring binoculars; loaners also available. Rain cancels.

Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday September 6 8:15 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Woodland and grassland species as well as a good assortment of raptors are possible. Difficulty Level: Trip involves two plus miles of moderately strenuous walking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west approx. 1/2 mile to Arastradero Rd. Turn right and meet at the parking lot located 1/2-mile on the right.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday September 7 8:00 AM
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Half Day. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy, turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Vasona Lake County Park
Wednesday September 10 8:30 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264. We'll bird the south end of this popular Los Gatos Park. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Note: Gate opens at 8 AM. Parking fee $6 (or SC County Park pass) required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 17 exit at Lark Ave., go west to University Ave. Turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd. and use main entrance. Turn into first parking lot on your left after kiosk.

Point Reyes
Saturday September 13 9:00 AM (Full Day)
Location: Drake's Beach parking area
Leader: Peter LaTourrette: (650) 961-2741. Our annual trip to the west coast's most active vagrant trap, where birds and the weather are always exciting and unpredictable! Note: Bring lunch, liquids, a full tank of gas, and be ready for fog, wind, sun and lots of difficult to ID birds.

Directions: From Hwy 1 in Marin Co. (just south of Pt. Reyes Station) take Sir Francis Drake Blvd west approx 14 miles, turn left to Drake's Beach, meet in parking area. Be prepared to carpool from Drakes Beach.

Coyote Hills Regional Park
Sunday September 14 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505 Entrance Fee required. Lunch optional; rain cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 84 (Dumbarton Bridge) east to Newark. Exit right at Thornton, then go left on overpass, as Thornton becomes Paseo Padre turn left at Patterson Ranch/Commerce Rd into park. Meet at far end of Quarry parking lot located on the left, 1/4 mile past park entrance.

Charleston Slough
Saturday September 20 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

Alum Rock Park
Sunday September 21 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Notes: Entrance fee required. Difficulty Level: Trip is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Lunch optional; rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 or I-680 take McKee Rd. northeast toward the hills then left on Toyon Ave. then right on Penitencia Creek Rd. and continue on into the park. Drive under the bridge and meet at the far end of the parking lot.

Almaden Lake Park and Alamitos Creek
Saturday September 27 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Steve Tracey (408) 966-3860. We will bird the lake and the trail upstream looking for waterfowl, raptors, and a wide variety of riparian birds. Difficulty Level: Expect about 3 miles of easy walking. Note: Entrance fee may be required, but parking is free on Winfield Blvd. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 85 take Almaden Expwy south, turn left on Coleman Rd. and then right on Winfield Blvd. Meet at the bathrooms (blue building) near the east entrance to Almaden Lake Park.

Sunnyvale Baylands Park
Sunday September 28 7:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Pete Dunten: (650) 210-6764. A $6.00 parking fee may be required. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 237 take the Lawrence Expwy/Caribbean Dr exit toward Caribbean Dr. Turn right into the park at the first stoplight on Caribbean Dr. north of Hwy 237. Meet in the first parking lot to the right of the entrance kiosk.

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October

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday October 1 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Contact organizer Silviana Ruiz (408) 730-7545 to attend. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. Rain cancels.

Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.

Oka Ponds
Saturday October 4 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505 (note leader correction). Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 17 in Los Gatos take Lark Ave exit west. Turn right on Oka Rd, left on Mozart Ave and an immediate right on Oka Lane. Meet at gate.

Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands
Sunday October 5 9:00 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187. Migrating raptors including the possibility of seeing a rare Broad-winged Hawk. Notes: Weather conditions can be highly variable, dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. This will be our only field trip to the Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands this fall. Heavy fog in the headlands will likely cancel the trip.

Directions: Going north on Hwy 101, after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge pass the Vista Point exit and then exit at Alexander, turn left and cross under Hwy 101, then turn right just before entrance back onto Hwy 101 south. Drive up hill to the highest point and park. Meet at the parking area or at the Hawk watch on top of the hill (arrive/depart the hill at any time).

Lake Cunningham County Park
Wednesday October 8 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser 408-569- 9264. Note: Possible entrance fee. Lunch optional, Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in San Jose, exit Tully Rd. Go east on Tully to entrance, .3 miles past Capitol Expwy. Turn left into park and left again at kiosk. Park in the marina parking lot.

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday October 11 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Todd Newberry, Santa Cruz Bird Club: (831) 426-8741. Note: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. Highlights: Shorebirds, waterfowl and early migrants.

Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest Restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Highway 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday October 12 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson (408) 996-3506. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy, turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

"Early Bird" Shorebird walk - for families and children
Saturday October 18 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Location: Charleston Slough in Mountain View.
As a part of our 23rd Annual Wildlife Education Day, come join us on this kids-and-families field trip to explore the wonders of the San Francisco Bay Lands. Led by experienced birders, this is a great opportunity to learn about the birds that live in our diminishing wetlands. Afterwards, we encourage all participants to join us at McClellan Ranch for the 23rd Annual Wildlife Education Day! Binoculars and field guides available for use upon request. RSVP is required. Call (408) 252-3740 or email [email protected].

Directions: To get to Charleston Slough from the South Bay, take 101 N (or 85 N to 101 N) to Mountain View. Exit San Antonio Rd., and go RIGHT off the freeway towards the Bay. Follow San Antonio until it dead ends at Terminal Blvd. Park in the available spaces and meet at the trailhead on the corner of San Antonio and Terminal.

From the North Bay: Take 101 S to Mountain View. Exit San Antonio Rd. NORTH, and go towards the Bay. Follow San Antonio until it dead ends at Terminal Blvd. Park in the available spaces and meet at the trailhead on the corner of San Antonio and Terminal.

Local Hot Spots
Saturday October 18 7:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Note Early Start! A chance to visit some of the local hot spots you hear about and, we hope, to see some "good" birds. We'll meet at the Alviso Marina.

Directions: From Hwy. 237 in San Jose take Gold St. north to the end of the street, bear left on Elizabeth St. and then right on Hope St. to the Marina parking lot.

Sunnyvale Water Treatment Facility
Sunday October 19 8:00 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. This is a great place to study ducks. Trip is fairly easy but a long walk is possible. Scopes are highly recommended. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 237 east, exit North on Caribbean Dr, turn right on Borregas Ave, then left into the parking area.

Charleston Slough
Saturday October 25 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
Sunday October 26 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Rain cancels.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot at Sausal Pond edge of the preserve. From I-280 in Portola Valley take Alpine Rd. south (toward hills) about 2.9 miles to the first stop sign, turn right on Portola Rd and go 0.8 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road just past the entrance to The Sequoias.

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November

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday November 1 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Norm Kikuchi (831) 459-9424. Note: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. Highlights: Shorebirds, waterfowl and early migrants.

Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest Restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Highway 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge.

Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday November 2 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and possible Golden Eagle. A Park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the trip. This will be a moderate 2 mile walk. Lunch optional; rain cancels.

Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Hamilton Rd. and go approximately 9 miles to the park. Meet at Grant Lake (aka Hall's Valley Lake) parking lot, which is the first parking lot on the left side of the road (do not enter the Main Park Entrance on the right).

 

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