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).
Los Capitancillos Ponds West
Wednesday December 11 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Ann Verdi and Janna Pauser (408) 569-9264 We'll take an easy walk, birding the ponds for wildfowl and gulls. Rain cancels
From Hwy 85, go south on Camden Ave. Just past Blossom Hill Rd., turn left on Singletree Way as soon as you pass Beacon School. Park on Singletree Way at PG&E substation. Meet at the trail entrance on the right, just past the power plant
Mount Hamilton Christmas Bird Count 2013
Monday December 30 All day
Mark your calendars! This spectacular count circle includes Mt. Hamilton and the San Antonio Valley. Interested count leaders should contact me as soon as possible with your availability: Bob Hirt (Compiler), 408-821-2732 (cell); 10325 Dempster Avenue, Cupertino, CA.
Saturday January 4 7:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling (408) 253-7527 Get a head start on your 2014 County Year List with some vagrant chasing. Notes: Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and field guides as we attempt to track down some of the unusual birds seen on the Christmas Bird Counts in Santa Clara County. Meet near the entrance to the Alviso Marina parking lot.
From Hwy 237 in San JOse take Gold St. north to the end, bear left on Elizabeth St. and then right on Hope St. to the marina parking lot. Be prepared to carpool as parking may be limited at some sites. Rain cancels
Los Capitancillos Ponds
Sunday January 5 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Ann Verdi (408) 266-5108 We will bird ponds that are filled with a variety of waterfowl and Gulls, a nearby creek for riparian birds as well as other areas closely associated with the ponds that attract birds. Rain cancels From Hwy 85, go south on Camden Ave. Just past Blossom Hill Rd., turn left on Singletree Way as soon as you pass Beacon School. Park on Singletree Way at PG&E substation. Meet at the trail entrance on the right, just past the power plant
Sunday January 12 8:00 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Clay Kempf (831) 761-8260 This is one of our better "out of county" field trips traversing oak woodland and open grassland via backroads into a unique habitat. Targeted species include: Phainopepla, Mountain Bluebird, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, and Golden Eagle; other possibilities include Mountain Plover, Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrow, Greater Roadrunner and Chukar. Notes: bring lunch and a full tank of gas; Carpooling is strongly recommended due to limited parking on the narrow roads.
Meet at Paicinies Stor on Hwy 25 approx. 11 miles south of Hollister. IMPORTANT: Do not expect to use the restrooms at the Paicines Store, as their use is limited to paying customers (we encourage patronage of local businesses).