Field Trip Listings, Sept. & Oct. and Beyond

Field trips often require more driving and time in the field than do our bird walks. If you do not have convenient e-mail to reserve a trip, you may always substitute a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) and provide your daytime phone number. We do not sell, trade, or re-use contact information; cell and email simply improve our chances of contacting you at home and in the field. No pets or unapproved small children (under 12), please. Bird walks are better-suited for most children. Contact information WILL BE released to others inquiring about carpooling unless requested otherwise. Envelopes for donations to support Los Angeles Audubon and its field trips will be distributed on some non-fee trips. Please support your LAAS field trips. When carpooling, remember to offer compensation for gas to your driver.

Mail reservation fees to: L.A. Audubon-Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041. Send email reservation requests to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about LAAS field trips call: (323) 876-0202, and leave a voice message if there is no answer.

Sunday, September 16
Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Harriet Weider Park
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
Leader: Irwin Woldman. At Bolsa Chica, flocks of shorebirds should be heading south, mixing with post-breeding terns and Skimmers, and a chance for American Bittern and Ridgeway’s Rail. We will caravan to Harriet Weider park next, for passerines, flycatchers and such. For those wishing to picnic lunch, we will do so afterwards at the tables near the library about 1.5 miles north on PCH and one block toward the ocean. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Bolsa Chica parking lot on the north side of PCH, a block southeast of Warner Avenue. Bring a scope if you have one!

Saturday, September 22
Mojave Area
SIGN-UP REQUIRED, NO FEE, 10 MAX
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Kern County has some of the best migrant traps in the state. Western warblers and flycatchers should headline. Reptiles may be encountered! Dine out (then herp?) with leaders Saturday evening if you wish (Gloria’s, 7027 CA City Blvd, 93505). Contact leaders if you plan to dine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Sunday, bird California City environs, and hit Apollo Park on our way south if we have time. To meet, take Hwy 14 about 4 miles past Mojave, then turn right on California City Blvd. Drive through town about a mile past the shops, turn left into the golf course parking lot past the huge, fenced driving range. Meet here at 7:30 a.m. To reserve, either call (323-876-0202, leave voice message if no answer) or e-mail Audubon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with •name(s), •cell number, and •e-mail address (for confirmation). Reserve a room at Motel 6 or other in Mojave, or the Best Western in CA City (across the street from the meeting spot). Bring lunches, FRS radios, sunblock, bird and reptile books.

September 26 – 30
Western Field Ornithologists Conference right here in Ventura! Check www.westernfieldornithologists.org for details. Whether beginner or field biologist, this event and the many field trips / workshops / lectures / quiz sessions are not to be missed!

Saturday, October 6
Coastal Santa Monica Hot Spots
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leaders: Local docents and LAAS members, Read Howarth & Ella Pennington. Late passerines and shorebirds should be moving through coastal migration spots, mixed with early wintering birds. Possibly 80 species. Meeting site TBA in next newsletter. Meet at 8 a.m. for a full day of birding. There may be an access fee at Sycamore Canyon or elsewhere. Bring lunch, FRS radios, and a scope if you’ve got one.

Saturday, October 13
San Diego
REQUIRED SIGN-UP, NO LIMIT, NO FEE
Leaders: Mark & Camille Stratton, and Mary & Nick Freeman. We will be sizing up migrating shorebirds and passerines, and chasing after myriad rarity reports that typically burn up the San Diego listservs this time of year. A good portion of the morning may be spent at Pt. Loma, depending on access. Other possible areas include Sunset Cliffs, Mission Bay, lower San Diego Bay and Tijuana River marshland. Bring lunch for a full day of birding. Take the 5 Fwy S about three miles past Route 52 to the Clairemont Drive off-ramp and head W into the small lot adjacent to the Mission Bay Information Center. Meet E of the kiosk at 8:00 AM. (On GPS, punch in: 2688 E. Mission Bay Dr. 92109).

Sunday, October 21
Oxnard Plain
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Meet at the Hueneme ag fields at 8:00 a.m. to look for Red-throated Pipit, Golden-Plovers and longspurs. Later, we’ll try to shake some late-migrating passerines—as well as a few eastern vagrants—out of nearby windbreaks. The tamarisks and eucalyptus rows on the Plain often concentrate migrants in the fall. From the 101 N, drive S on Rice Avenue, following the Rice Avenue prompts to the end, then turn Rt. on Hueneme Rd. Meet on the N (Rt) side of Hueneme Rd. a couple of blocks west of this turn, just after the first building and just before Casper Rd. On GPS, punch in: 276 Hueneme Rd. 93033.

Saturday, October 27
Condors at Hopper Mountain NWR
DONATION SUGGESTED, SIGN-UP LIMIT OF 5 HIGH-CLEARANCE VEHICLES
A Refuge Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service will be leading this trip to likely viewing ridges for the California Condor at Hopper NWR. We should get good looks at California Condors and possibly Golden Eagles. We will be given an overview of the program, shown how radio telemetry and GPS tracking units are helping to save the bird, told about the past and future of the Condor, and shown nest cam footage. All 73 condors in the California wild population visit this area now and again. The rough terrain around Hopper Mountain is the nesting hot spot for condors, and this is the time that young birds may be fledging! Bring drinks, snacks, and FRS radio and a scope if you have them. No fee, but donations accepted to the Condor Survival Fund (or buy a cool T-shirt or hat). We will return to Fillmore by 1:00 p.m. or so. Nick & Mary will have lunch in Fillmore, if you wish to join. Some of us usually eat lunch in town afterwards.
WHERE & WHEN TO MEET
Take Interstate 5 North to SR 126 West (in Castaic Junction) to Fillmore. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in Fillmore at the Starbucks in the Vons plaza, located at 650 W Ventura St., in the SE corner of W Ventura St. and A Street. We will carpool from here into our high clearance vehicles and the USFWS vehicle. High clearance vehicles are required, so bring one if you have one, and check the spare. These roads are not for the timid! 5 car limit.
HOW TO RESERVE
Reserve your place with LAAS by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: (323) 876-0202, stating • Cell phone number, • each participant's email address, • whether you will arrive in a high clearance vehicle that can accommodate at least 4 people total (priority), or will you transfer into another HCV and carpool with someone else? (We will carpool from the meet location into our high clearance vehicles and the USFWS vehicle.)
Wait for email confirmation. (Susan will send confirmations by Friday Oct. 19, 2018.)

Saturday, November 4
NOTE: This field trip has been rescheduled for Dec. 9, 2018

Newport Back Bay
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet on the wooden boardwalk along the west side of the bay down from the end of University Drive at 8:00 a.m. for the 6.5’ high tide, and a full day of birding in the area. High tide at the mouth is about 9:00 a.m., and may not peak in the back bay until after 10:00 a.m., so we will be in position when birds flush to higher ground. Ridgway’s Rail, Sora, American Bittern, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-winged Teal and California Gnatcatcher are expected. Short-eared Owl (rare) will also be a target. We may finish up at San Joaquin Marsh, upstream. Take the 405 Fwy S to the 73 Toll Road (free this far) to the Campus Dr. exit. Turn right on Irvine Ave., then turn left on University Drive. Park beyond the Preserve HQ (2301 University Dr., Newport Beach 92660), and walk down the trail to where the boardwalk starts to curve. Compete directions next issue. Bring lunch. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.

Sunday, November 18
San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lakeview Area
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Little Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2!), Short-eared Owls (2!) seen on past trips may not be back this year; but surely something will take their places, such as the Iceland Gull and Gyrfalcon seen here in recent years (but not on our trip)! Take the 10 or 60 Fwy E to the 215 Fwy S, exit E at Ramona Expressway, continue E just past Perris Blvd., and meet at the Farmer Boys Restaurant on the S side of the road (145A Ramona Expressway, Perris). Leave from here at 8:00 a.m. Bring lunch, warm clothing and footwear for (hopeful) mud. We will try to carpool to defray the $10 entrance fee for Lake Perris, if we go there.

Sunday, December 9 (Change of Date, was Nov. 4th)
*Newport Back Bay
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet on the wooden boardwalk along the west side of the bay down from the end of University Drive at 8:30 a.m. for the 5.8’ high tide, and a full day of birding in the area. High tide at the mouth is about 9:20 a.m., and may not peak in the back bay until after 10:00 a.m., so we will be in position when birds flush to higher ground. Ridgway’s Rail, Sora, American Bittern, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-winged Teal and California Gnatcatcher are expected. Short-eared Owl (rare) will also be a target. We will finish up at San Joaquin Marsh, upstream. Take the 405 Fwy S to the 73 Toll Road (free this far) to the Campus Dr. exit. Turn right on Irvine Ave., then turn left on University Drive, a small street. Park beyond the Preserve HQ (2301 University Dr., Newport Beach 92660), and walk down the trail and over the bridge to where the boardwalk starts to curve. Bring lunch. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.

Christmas Count Teasers:

Saturday, December 15
Lancaster Christmas Bird Count
Contact compilers Nick and Mary Freeman at: (818) 636-4361 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be placed on a team or be given an area. Prairie Falcon, Mountain Bluebird, Greater Roadrunner, LeConte’s Thrasher, and Burrowing and Long-eared owls usually reported by someone!

Sunday, December 16
Malibu Christmas Bird Count
Contact compiler Dick Norton at: (310) 455-1138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched up with a team or a survey area. Historically, our best-attended count!

Wednesday, January 2
Los Angeles Christmas Bird Count
Contact compiler Daniel Cooper at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched up with a team or a survey area.

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