Field Trips

Sunday, September 16
Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Harriet Weider Park
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
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. 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.  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.

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September 26 – 30
Western Field Ornithologists Conference

Right here in Ventura! Check 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
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
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).

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Sunday, October 21
Oxnard Plain
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.