Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, PenrynSaturday, February 6, 2016

8:00 AM
Trip leader: Allen Bertke

530-903-4440    berke@pacbell.net

 

Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd at the south- east corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn.

This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch a ords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley oor, usually twenty or more di erent species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us nd some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see.


Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Sunday, February 21, 2016
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart  530-265-4677
dcstew@outlook.com

Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00 AM. A two mile walk through several habitats usually takes about two hours and gives us a chance to see most of the local, common, and resident species. Sixteen or eighteen different species are usual for this walk and with enough sharp eyes and ears we have seen more than twenty-five species. This activity is geared for beginning bird watchers, but more experienced birders are welcome and helpful.


Lake-of-the Pines Wastewater Ponds

Saturday, March 5, 2016 9:00 AM – Noon Leader:

Rudy Darling
530- 272-6504 rdarling@sbbmail.com

Meet @ CVS Pharmacy parking lot (corner of Hwy 49 & Combie Road). Park away from the store next to Combie Road. The Lake-of-the- Pines wastewater ponds are perhaps the closest thing western Nevada County has to o er in the way of a wetlands-based wildlife refuge. You never know what might show up there. We will be looking for winter visitors and residents, as well as any usual species. Expect waterfowl, rap- tors, rails, and more. A moderate hike on mostly level ground.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Bridgeport at South Yuba State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016
8:00 AM
Leaders: Bob Slyker   bgsly@aol.com , Carol & Bruce Malnor cmalnor@comcast.net

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge). Wear warm clothing. Expect to see Western Bluebird, California Quail, Bald Eagle, Lark Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren and Downy Woodpecker.


Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley

Sunday, March 20, 2016
8:00 -10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677
dcstew@outlook.com

Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00 AM. A two mile walk through several habitats usually takes about two hours and gives us a chance to see most of the local, common, and resident species. Sixteen or eighteen different species are usual for this walk and with enough sharp eyes and ears we have seen more than twenty-five species. This activity is geared for beginning bird watchers, but more experienced birders are welcome and helpful.


 

Yellow-billed Magpie

Birdwalk for Beginners at Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley
Saturday April 2, 2016 8:30 -10:30 AM Leader: Allen Bertke

530-903-4440 bertke@pacbell.net
This is listed as a Beginner’s Bird Walk, but all levels of birders are welcome. The more experi- enced eyes we have, the more birds we see. Join me for an easy 2 hour walk over at terrain in this very birdie park. Birds to expect are Scrub and Stellar’s Jays, Western Bluebird, Yellow-billed Magpie, Acorn, Hairy and Downy Woodpeck- ers, Northern Flicker, and hopefully some
early spring arrivals of Bullock’s Oriole, Western Kingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher and Western Tanager. We will also be on the lookout
for raptors, including Red-tailed and Red-shoul- dered Hawks, and American Kestrels. From Grass Valley, take HWY 20 west toward Marysville. In about 5 miles, turn left at the light on Penn Valley Drive. Go right at the 1st stop sign to continue on Penn Valley Dr (the road turns
into Spenceville Dr. if you were to go straight). The entrance to the park will be about 1 mile on the right. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot by the basketball courts.


 

Bridgeport at South Yuba State Park Saturday, April 9, 2016 8:00 AM
Leaders: Bob Slyker, Carol & Bruce Malnor bgsly@aol.com (530) 205-9011 cmalnor@comcast.net (530) 432-2724
Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge). Easy walking on trail and along the river. We may see Red-shoul- dered Hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, and many more. Call if weather is questionable.


Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley Sunday, April 17, 2016 8:00 -10:00 AM

Leader: Dan Stewart
530-265-4677 dcstew@outlook.com

Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot. A two mile walk through several habitats usually takes about two hours and gives us a chance to see most of the local, common, and resident species. Sixteen or eighteen different species are usual for this walk and with enough sharp eyes and ears we have seen more than twenty-five species. Experienced birders are also welcome.


 

Birding by Ear #1 (Lower Elevations) Saturday April 23,2016 7:00 – 11:00AM Leader: Rudy Darling
530-272-6504 rdarling@sbbmail.com Moderate walking on a grade, limited in-park driving. Meet at the Bridgeport north parking area (across the bridge) of the South Yuba River State Park. We will visit a couple of di erent lower elevation habitats and work on the songs and calls of typical species, and possibly some rarer ones. Expect Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue- gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Chipping Sparrow, Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow Warbler, and more. Call if in doubt about weather cancellation.


Black-headed Grosbeak

Beginning Birding near Hidden Falls Regional Park (Placer county) on Placer Land Trust’s Taylor Ranch Preserve (not Traylor Ranch). Sunday May 1,2016 8:00AM

Leaders: Sarah Roeske
roeske.sarah@gmail.com 916-281-4914
Kate Brennan 530-268-1682
This is a co-Placer Land Trust and Sierra Foothills Audubon Society event. We will meet at 8 a.m. at the property. Please sign up in advance through the Placer Land Trust web site- http://www. placerlandtrust.org/calendar-2/ (Scroll down through “Coming events”), or contact Janet Voris (janet.voris@placerlandtrust.org or 530-887- 9222). She will provide directions on how to nd the preserve. We will saunter along the banks of Coon Creek and wend slowly through open blue oak grassland, looking and listening for yearround residents and migrating songbirds. We’ll practice basic birding identi cation skills and get to know the common residents of this beautiful riparian/open forest habitat, and hear (and maybe see) warblers and other migrants. Please bring binoculars if you have them. No more than a mile of walking; some uneven terrain. There are no facilities on the property. Enrollment limited to 20 people. Heavy rain will cancel event.


Birding by Ear #2 (Conifer forests)

Saturday May 7, 2016
7:00AM – Noon (or thereabouts)
Leader: Rudy Darling 530-272-6504, rdarling@sbbmail.com

Meet in the parking lot of the Rood Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City to carpool.
We will visit several habitat types up Hwy 20 from Nevada City. There we will learn how to make sense out of all those twitters and tweets emanating from those frustrating invisible birds in the forest. Species we might hear include Hermit Thrush, Mountain Quail, Pacific-slope, Dusky and Hammond’s Flycatchers, Pileated Woodpecker, and Fox Sparrow, as well as the usual common species. Twenty-five miles of round trip driving. Easy walking on level ground. Mostly standing and listening.Call Rudy in the event of bad weather.

 


 

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:00-10:00 AM
Trip leader: Allen Bertke
530-903-4440 berke@pacbell.net

Meet at 8:00 a.m.in the parking lot o Humphrey Rd. at the southeast corner of Traylor Ranch Na- ture Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch a ords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley oor, usually twenty or more di erent species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see.


 

 Bridgeport at South Yuba State Park

Saturday, May 14, 2016
8:00 AM
Leader: Carol/Bruce Malnor 530-263-9392 cmalnor@Comcast.net

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge). Expect to see Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher,
Wrentit, Cliff Swallow, and Western Tanager.


 

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley

Sunday, May 15, 2016
8:00-10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677 dcstew@outlook.com

Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00 a.m. A two mile walk through several habitats usually takes about two hours and gives us a chance to see most of the local, common, and resident species. Sixteen or eighteen different species are usual for this walk and with enough sharp eyes and ears we have seen more than twenty-five species. This activity is geared for beginning bird watchers, but more experienced birders are welcome and helpful.