Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline—Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 9:00am-11:30am
Gary and Chris Bard, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510.301.2987
The shoreline offers excellent views of shorebirds, waders, and dabblers. Arrowhead Marsh is the home of numerous Clapper Rails. In winter large rafts of scaup and goldeneye float offshore. Occasionally, raptors soar overhead. The walking is on flat ground. Please bring a scope if you have one. Dress in layers. Rain cancels trip. Restroom is available near parking lot.
From I-880 south in Oakland, exit at Hegenberger Rd. Turn right onto Hegenberger, continue .7 mile across a small bridge over a channel, and turn right on Pardee Dr. Continue to Swan Way and turn left, then turn right into the park. Meet at parking lot at the end of road.
Second Friday Bird Walk – No walk this month
Friday, December 15
Alan Kaplan is away this week but will resume the Second Friday walks in January.
North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco
Saturday, December 14, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Note: Date changed from regular fourth Friday due to SF Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 27
Carlo Arreglo, 415.533.7081, email@example.com
Experience North Beach and Telegraph Hill in a different way in this walk for birders of all ages and levels. Beginners are especially welcome! We’ll start at the Coit Tower parking lot and make our way around Telegraph Hill, including, possibly, a descent and ascent of the Greenwich and Filbert Steps. We’ll look for resident and migratory birds while taking in some great views of two stunning bridges.
Meet 8:00 AM at the Coit Tower parking lot. You can park your vehicle here but you may have to wait until DPW finishes their 8am street cleaning. Street parking is available on the way up to Coit Tower. Note that the 39 bus does NOT run this early. The 30, 45, and 8x buses stop at Washington Square and from there it’s about a four block walk uphill.
Biking and Birding in Marin - Corte Madera
Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:30 a. m.- ~12:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Black, (510) 526-7068, firstname.lastname@example.org and Pat Greene, (415) 321 9013, email@example.com
We’ll cycle along mostly off-road paved trails in Corte Madera and nearby towns stopping at marshes, creeks and ponds viewing ducks and shorebirds. Bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, and wear layered clothing. This birding ride is co-listed with Grizzly Peak Cyclists. Rain cancels. If the weather is questionable, send your e-mail address to Pat to receive early AM news on the status of the ride. Call Pat if you want to borrow binoculars.
Meet at Pixley Park (aka Corte Madera Park) at 9:30 a.m. Directions: from Berkeley or San Francisco: get onto Hwy 101 (south from the Richmond Bridge, north from SF) and exit Paradise/Tamalpais Drive; go west approximately 1/2 mile to the Park entrance on the right on Pixley Ave.
Corona Heights, San Francisco
Friday, December 20, 8 – 10 a.m.
Brian Fitch; Dominik Mosur, firstname.lastname@example.org (Leaders vary by month.)
Meet in front of the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, at the end of Museum Way off Roosevelt. We will enjoy views of the city and bay as we circle Corona Heights, checking the east canyon woodland and north forest for residents and migrants, as well as monitoring the hilltop scrub and south cliff.
Aquatic Park and Waterfront, San Francisco
Saturday, December 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Carol Kiser, 415.447.5000
On this walk for children and beginners, and all others, we will look for resident and migrating birds. Meet at the entrance to the Hyde Street Pier at Hyde and Jefferson on the western border of Fisherman’s Wharf. Nearby parking is at the foot of Van Ness Ave. (free for 4 hours), Ghirardelli Square, and the Anchorage. Dress in layers, wear wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, and bring binoculars and guide books if you have them. (We can provide binoculars and books if you don’t).
Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland, Alameda County
Wednesday, December 18, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Note: Date changed from regular fourth Wednesday due to Christmas.
Hilary Powers, 510.834.1066, email@example.com; Ruth Tobey, 510.528.2093, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at the large spherical cage near the Nature Center at Perkins and Bellevue. We will bird around there, then go up the garden path toward Children’s Fairyland or walk down the lake toward Embarcadero, after which we will cover what we missed.
December is a peak month at the lake – all the winter visitors have arrived and none have left yet – so we couldn’t just skip it… but our normal date of the 25th had rival claims likely to win out with too many participants (including your faithful leaders).
Take the 12, N, or NL bus to Grand and Perkins, and walk into the park on Perkins. Best parking is at the boathouse lot near the spherical cage. Entry, via Bellevue near Children’s Fairyland, is $2 if the kiosk is occupied when you arrive (which it probably will be). Buy a 2-hour ticket and try to park in the boathouse lot, where no one checks how long cars are parked.
Arrowhead Marsh/Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline – BICYCLE TRIP – Oakland
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Kathy Jarrett, 510-547-1233, email@example.com
High Tide at 11:20 AM. Winter high tides are a good time to see rails, and if there has been enough rain, lots of ducks and shorebirds in the seasonal wetlands.
Meet at EBRPD Tidewater Staging Area 9:30. We’ll ride the S.F. Bay Trail from East Creek Point to Damon Marsh and Arrowhead Marsh. Return over the same route or via Doolittle Dr and Fernside Blvd. Bring snacks/lunch and liquids, and dress in layers. All levels of birders welcome. Bicycle helmet required. Rain cancels. e-mail or call for mobile number.
Directions by car: Exit I-880 at High St. in Oakland turn left onto Tidewater Ave. (just before bridge to Alameda), go approx. 0.25 mi. and turn right to the Tidewater Staging Area. (Look for a small sign.)
Directions by BART: Plan to arrive at Fruitvale BART by 9 am. Leader will not be there. Ride west on Fruitvale Ave and turn left onto Alameda Ave, just before bridge to Alameda. Trail is on right on sidewalk; follow it south to High St along estuary, jog left and cross onto Tidewater Ave, then right into the staging area. http://www.baytrail.org/maps/East_Bay.pdf
A Winter Day at the Salton Sea (Southern California)
Sunday, January 5, 2014 — 9 a.m. until sundown
Eddie Bartley, 415.355.0450, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Eddie and Noreen Weeden at one of California’s premiere birding destinations for an exploration of the wonderfully eccentric Salton Sea. Winter birds expected include most all the waterbirds seen at other California refuges and also southern specialties like Gambel’s Quail, Verdin, Abert’s Towhee, and large-billed Savannah Sparrow. One of the state’s more robust Burrowing Owl populations resides in this area, and winter rarities are not uncommon. The Salton Sea is typically warmer than Central and Northern California refuges. E-mail or call to share your contact information. Bring lunch and liquids. It may be muddy in places. We’ll start at the Dos Palmas Preserve near North Shore (www.ohranger.com/dos-palmas-preserve). From there, we’ll head south, stopping at several places based on recent sightings, and we’ll especially visit the Sonny Bono NWR. If time permits, we may end our day at the excellent Unit 1. Contact Eddie for detailed directions and additional information.
Palo Alto Baylands and Mountain View Shoreline
Saturday, January 11, 8 am — 3 pm
Joan and Dan Murphy
The wetlands, marshes and open waters at Palo Alto and Mountain View are among the richest bird habitats on San Francisco Bay. Levees and boardwalks overlooking the marshes, mud flats and open water makes these excellent sites to view 60 to 80 species which winter in the south bay. Ducks, shorebirds, waders, gulls, raptors and many more make this a most ideal birding experience. We usually see 60 to 80 species.
Meet in the parking lot on the right side of the road at the gate just before the duck pond near the Baylands Preserve. From Hwy. 101 in Palo Alto (just south of the Dumbarton Bridge) exit at Embarcadero Rd. East. Stay to the right and be careful not to end-up on the Oregon Expressway. Drive east over the freeway to the end of the street, turn left and continue to the gate just before the duck pond. Wear clothes appropriate for cold, wet weather. If it has been raining wear boots or waders since it can be quite muddy on the levees. Don’t forget lunch and liquids. Rain will not cancel the trip. If chemical restrooms are a problem, you may want to stop at the Palo Alto Airport prior to the trip.
Sacramento Delta and Valley Refuges
Saturday – Sunday, January 18-19
Steve and Carol Lombardi, email@example.com, cell 925.785.0130; Rusty Scalf, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510.666.9936
Winter is a time of abundance in the Sacramento Valley, with waterfowl spectacles never to be forgotten. We’ll meet at 8 a.m. near Lodi for a restroom, coffee, and get-acquainted stop before we proceed to our first birding destination. These will be two busy days. On Saturday we’ll visit the delta’s Sandhill Crane staging area, then head north to the lovely wetlands of the Cosumnes River Preserve and finally another 100 miles north to the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, where we’ll witness the evening flight of Snow, Ross’s, and White-fronted Geese, a flight that can number in the hundreds of thousands. We’ll spend Saturday night in Willows. On Sunday we’ll start out at the Sacramento refuge, then end the trip at Gray Lodge refuge.
The trip is limited to 30 participants. Please reserve a place by contacting Steve. Confirmed participants will receive trip details and a list of motels so they can make their own reservations. This trip is a fund-raiser for Golden Gate Audubon. Chapter finances are currently very tight, due mainly to grants having dried up. We ask participants to donate $25 per person to the chapter. Of course, a larger donation would be welcome.
Sacramento River Delta boat trip with Dolphin Charters
Sunday, February 9 — 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GGAS leader to be announced
Tour the Delta on board the comfortable Dolphin Charters boat to explore rich habitats and see thousands of Tundra Swan, Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, and Canada Geese, plus myriad ducks and overwintering and resident raptors. The trip, which departs from the Antioch marina, is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $85 for GGAS members, $95 for nonmembers. To reserve your space and pay be credit card, click here. Confirmed participants will receive directions to the marina and other instructions about a week before the trip.
Yosemite’s Bird Life
Friday through Sunday, May 30-June 1, 2014
Dave Quady, (510) 704-9353 or email@example.com, and Dave Cornman.
This trip is full, and so is its waiting list. Check the GGAS website in October 2014 for information about June 2015′s Yosemite’s Bird Life field trip.
The lower and middle elevations of Yosemite National Park are usually alive with singing birds in late May/early June. Its varied habitats typically support a rich diversity of bird life, including seven flycatchers (three Empidonax), seven warblers, three vireos, and many other species in full song and breeding plumage. How will 2013’s Rim Fire affect the area’s bird life? Let’s try to find out.
See birds of the open water! (And maybe some marine mammals.) Both Shearwater Journeys and Alvaro’s Adventures offer discounts to GGAS members. Register in advance since these trips often fill up.
Shearwater Journeys Pelagic Trips
Led by Debi Shearwater. Info at http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml.
Oct 27 – Half Moon Bay: Late Fall & Early Winter Seabirds
Nov 16 – Half Moon Bay: Late Fall & Early Winter Seabirds
As a member of GGAS for the past 38 years, Debi Shearwater offers the following discounts to GGAS members: Monterey trips, discounted from $154 to $125; Bodega Bay trips discounted from $198 to 173; Half Moon Bay discounted from $186 to $155. All discounted trips are non-refundable, non-transferable for any reason.
Monterey Bay (parking $5 with our voucher) is one of the world’s top marine ecosystems. Trips from Half Moon Bay (parking is free) often see the Farallon Islands in the distance, often called North America’s “galapagos.” Half Moon Bay trips are easily reached from the Bay Area. Our trips departing from Bodega Bay (parking is free) have been operating since 1980. These trips have produced more “mega” rare seabirds than any other one day offshore trips from any other harbor in all of North America. All vessels are inspected by the USCG.
RESERVATIONS: Your check guarantees your reservation. Please include name, address, cell/home phone and email address for each person booking and mail to: Shearwater Journeys, POB 190, Hollister, CA 95024. Questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a return confirmation letter with all of the trip details. See you out there!
Alvaro’s Adventures Pelagic Trips
Led by Alvaro Jaramillo. Check the website for descriptions, pricing, and availability: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/
If you are going on a field trip, would you welcome company? Do you have room in your car to take other birders? To help find a ride or offer a ride, sign up with GGA’s carpool group at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/GGACarPool. When you sign up, you answer a few simple questions, then receive a confirming e-mail. Once you are a member, you post messages under “Need Ride” or “Offer Ride,” along with the destination and date. The more birders who sign up, the more useful the group will be. Birders are encouraged to help the driver with expenses by contributing to the cost of fuel and bridge tolls.
Field Trip E-newsletter and Meetups
Would you like to get a list of field trips sent to your email Inbox each month? Contact the Golden Gate Audubon office at email@example.com and ask to receive the Field Trips e-newsletter. Include your name, preferred email address, plus (for our records) your postal address.
Our Field Trips are also listed on Meetup, a web site that helps people find local events that interest them. If you join Meetup, you can get individual email reminders for each GGAS field trip, or download the schedule to your Outlook or Google calendar. See www.meetup.com/Golden-Gate-Audubon-Society/.
Other Bay Area Bird Walks
Mike Simms compiles a quarterly list of bird walks throughout the Bay Area, including walks by other Audubon chapters. For his current calendar, see: Simms_Birding_Calendar_Oct-Dec_2013 There is also a Meetup page that lists birding walks and events throughout the Bay Area: www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Birding/.