June 8-9 2019 The Prelude to this trip was two one-day scouting trips. On Memorial Day all the roads were passable and temperatures mild, but the diversity of birds was really low. Six days later the birds had arrived and birdsong was everywhere. Our trip was six days after that. We had an odd start…at […]
Field Trip Report
Reports from the field.
Tour of Putah Creek Nestboxes. Photos Hanika Cook We looked inside 22 of the nestboxes to see nests, eggs, and chicks of several cavity-nesting species, including Western Buebirds, Tree Swallows, House Wrens and White-Breasted Nuthatches. Guests were able to look inside, take pictures, and ask questions about the birds and the Putah Creek Nestbox Project. […]
Trip Summary, Manfred Kusch A group of Yolo Audubon members showed up today for their annual tour of my garden and a walk along my trail on the south bank of Putah Creek. It was nice that by now the typical birds for this time of year in my garden were in attendance: Hooded and […]
Fifteen participants showed up for the Mitchell Canyon trip at Mt. Diablo on April 20. The weather started out cool, overcast, and windy. Many species were heard as we began walking along Mitchell Creek, but it was challenging to get good looks. Acorn Woodpecker, Cooper’s Hawk, and Bushtit nests were a nice treat and easy […]
On Saturday, April 6, Chris Dunford (with the assistance of Steve Hampton) led a Yolo Audubon field trip designed to introduce birders new to coastal birds to the best spots and tide levels to see the ducks, sandpipers, gulls, loons, grebes, and cormorants at Bodega Bay. The ideal for the purpose is a small group […]
The trip was deemed a success even though we only succeeded in seeing/finding one owl species, the Burrrowing Owl. We went to the locations where we expected (or hoped) to find five owl species common in Yolo County. At each site we shared information on owl natural history, sightings of other birds, ad an appreciation of the pleasure of the search.
17 bird species
Five intrepid birders joined hike leaders Stanton Hunter and Joe Zinkl for a 2.75-mile hike at Audubon Bobcat ranch this morning, despite the prospect of heavy rain and cold temperatures. Though the rain was never very heavy, it was a constant drizzle, and the temperature never got above 45 degrees F, but it was still […]
2018 Lake Solano Field Trip Trip Leader: Sharon Kirkpatrick Sat, Nov 3rd A group of seven birders took a chance that Lake Solano would be much calmer than the 20+ mph winds Davis and Winters experienced that day. Luck was on our side! The day was unseasonably warm, sunny, slightly breezy with a few minor […]
On the way, we stopped at the Maxwell cemetery, where we eventually saw a Vermillion Flycatcher at about 9:15. Good looks were shared by all.
Water levels at both Colusa and Sacramento Reserves were good, but many areas were not yet flooded. Good numbers of waterfowl in flooded areas. Snow Geese greatly outnumbered Greater White-fronteds. There were large numbers of Pintails and Shovelers, fewer of other species.
Temperatures were in mid to high 70s, sunny, not windy.
A very pleasant birding day,
5 participants, 56 species of birds.
Davis Cemetery, Yolo, California, US Oct 28, 2018 8:00 AM – 10:20 AM Protocol: Area 28.0 ac Comments: I lead a Yolo Audubon Soc bird walk in the back portion of the cemetery, Calm, slightly misty then clear, cool to warm. 31 species Wild Turkey 9 I observed them on the way out. […]
With a Bingo card in hand showing the names of 16 species of sparrows, 13 birders set out on a beautiful October day. We ended up with 11 species of sparrows, 72 bird species overall, all of them in a few mile stretch between Winters and Fishing Access #3 in Putah Creek Canyon. The first […]
Chris Dunford led a Yolo Audubon field trip to Bodega Bay with David Hickman, Kinga Kaminska, Chris Botha, Lori Maloney, and Marlyn Zuluaga. We started at Tides Wharf then spent an hour or more at Doran Beach (beach and harbor side at the Rich Stallcup Observation Deck) and on to Bodega Head where we walked […]