Calendar: Field Trips
Join one of our many free field trips led by a very experienced leader. You do not have to be a member to participate, although we are sure you will want to join us to support these popular activities.
Please carpool if possible. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.
Field trip leaders - please use this participant sign-in sheet (PDF).
March April May June July August September
Mendoza Ranch and Coyote Lake County Park
Wednesday March 12 8:30 AM
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Half Day. Lunch Optional; Rain Cancels.
Directions: From hwy 101 in Gilroy, take Leavesley Rd. east for 1.5 miles, turn left on New Ave. then right on Roop Rd. Go left at the T intersection and continue .9 miles to Mendoza Ranch parking lot on your left. We'll bird a short time here before continuing to Lakeview Picnic area in Coyote Lake Park.
Honey Lake, Eagle Lake & vicinity
Friday March 14 through Sunday March 16
Leader: Bob Hirt: (408) 821-2732. A weekend trip to a remote corner of northeast California to see Sage Grouse on their booming grounds. Other expected species include eagles, hawks, geese, ducks, cranes, woodpeckers and mountain specialties such as Townsend's Solitaire, Cassin's Finch, Mountain Bluebird, and Pinyon Jay. Trip limited to 20 participants, so please call leader for further details and to reserve a space.
Picchetti Ranch OSP
Saturday March 22 8:00 AM
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Half Day. Difficulty Level: Trip is a moderately strenuous walk past an old orchard, a seasonal pond, and Oak woodlands.
Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Blvd. south 3.3 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.). Turn right on Monte Bello Rd. and go about a mile, turn left past Winery entrance into the preserve parking lot.
Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday March 23 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and a possible Golden Eagle. Notes: A park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the trip. Difficulty Level: Trip involves a moderately strenuous 2-mile walk. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Hamilton Rd. and go approximately 9 miles to the park. Meet at Grant Lake (aka Hall?s Valley Lake) parking lot, which is the first parking lot on the left side of the road (do not enter the Main Park Entrance on the right).
Gilroy Hot Springs Rd.
Saturday March 29 7:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527.
Directions: Parking space is limited in some places on this trip so we will meet at 7:30 AM behind McDonalds (near Kenneth Cole) on the right side of Leavesley Rd (corner of Arroyo Circle) and will carpool from there. Notes: FRS radios tuned to channel 11 will be especially useful during the driving portion of this trip.
Sunday March 30 8:00 AM
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Half Day. Rain Cancels. Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy, turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in the road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).
City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday April 2 12:00 PM
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. An RSVP is NOT required, but you can contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, for directions or more details at (408-730-7545). Rain cancels.
Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.
Stevens Creek County Park
Saturday April 5 8:00 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Pat Kenny: (408) 725-0468. Highlights: A top riparian birding spot in the South Bay for migrants and local breeding birds. Notes: Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Expwy exit south 2.1 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.) turn left into first park entrance and meet in the Chestnut Picnic Area parking lot.
Sunday April 6 9:00 AM
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.
Almaden Lake Alamitos Creek Trail
Wednesday April 9 10:00 AM (2 hours only)
Leader: Phyllis Swanson: (408) 421-6410. NOTE LATE START TIME. Park on street near lake or pay $6 fee in parking lot. Easy walking. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose take Almaden Expwy south .8 mile then left on Coleman Rd. In .3 miles turn right onto Winfield Blvd. Meet near blue bathrooms on east side of lake.
Alum Rock Park
Saturday April 12 8:15 AM
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Half day. Note: A Park entrance fee is required. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 101 or I-680 take McKee Rd. northeast toward the hills then left on Toyon Ave., right on Penitencia Creek Rd. and continue on into the park. Pass under the bridge and meet at the far end of the upper parking lot.
Ulistac Natural Area
Sunday April 13 8:00 AM
Leader: Steve Tracey: (408) 966-3860. Half Day. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in diverse habitat that does not require an entrance fee. No Facilities Available.
Directions: From Hwy 237 turn right on North First St. then after about 0.4 miles right on Vista Montana then right again on West Tasman Dr. and after crossing the bridge turn left on Lick Mill Blvd. and meet at the South entrance to the park.
Ed Levin County Park (North) Directions: Take Hwy 237 east, crossing I-880 and I-680 (237 becomes Calaveras Rd.), turn left on Downing Rd. to the park entrance. Meet in parking lot on the far, northeast side of Sandy Wool Lake (near the dog park).
Saturday April 19 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in Milpitas' prime birding hot spot. Difficulty Level: Be aware that the trail is steep in places. Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Arastradero Open Space Preserve Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west (toward the Santa Cruz mountains) turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.
Sunday April 20 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels.
Bald Mt. and/or Sierra Azul Woods Rood Trail
Wednesday April 23 8:30 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264. Half Day. Highlights: This late April trip is timed for migrating and breeding birds. Difficulty Level: Moderately easy walking. Notes: bring water, limited facilities. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expwy south 4.3 miles and bear right onto Almaden Rd., through New Almaden township. Park in Almaden-Quicksilver Hacienda parking lot on your right. We'll carpool to Hicks Rd. from here and bird Bald Mt. or Woods Road in Sierra Azul, depending on conditions.
Saturday April 26 9:00 AM
Leader: Dick Stovel: (650) 856-6105. Half day. Highlights: This is the second of two field trips to the Stanford Campus this season. Difficulty Level: Highly recommended for beginning birders. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Palo Alto take University Ave exit west through downtown and into Stanford campus (becomes Palm Dr). Meet at end of Palm Dr at entrance to Main Quad.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Sunday April 27 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Sonny Mencher: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip limited to 20 participants; email Sonny to reserve a space (those without e-mail should call 650-814-8028). Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine. Notes: There is a $5 per person fee for the Jasper Ridge Field Trip.
Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the right side of Sand Hill Rd. as you head West toward the Preserve (near the freeway at the intersection of Lawler Ranch Rd. and Sand Hill Rd.). At the parking lot people are expected to form their own carpool, as carpooling is now required to minimize the number of cars on the Preserve. Caravan with a leader from the parking area between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM only (DO NOT LEAVE EARLIER, AS PARKING OUTSIDE THE GATE IS NOT ALLOWED, SINCE IT POSES AN UNACCEPTABLE TRAFFIC HAZARD!); the gate will then be open. From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd.Top
Mines Rd., Del Puerte Canyon, and vicinity
Saturday May 3 8:30 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. We'll start this trip in Del Puerto Canyon, working our way west to San Antonio Valley. Highlights: Hoped for highlights include possible Costa's Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Lewis?s Woodpecker and Lawrence's Goldfinch. Notes: Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and liquids.
Directions: From I-580 go east over Altamont Pass, to I-5, south on I-5, west at the Patterson exit (Diablo Grande Pkwy) and then right on Del Puerto Canyon Rd. Meet at the first pullout.
Sunday May 4 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Garth Harwood: (650) 949-8643. Highlights: Bird the farm, gardens and wild land edges of this unique facility with Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Director. There will be special emphasis on learning to bird by ear. Notes: A $5 per car parking fee is required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From I-280 in Los Altos take El Monte Rd. past Foothill College, turn left at Moody Rd. then after approx. 1.7 miles left into Hidden Villa. Meet at the first parking lot beside the entrance.Top
Cape Cod Field Seminar
Sunday September 7 through Saturday Sept 13th
Leader: Stephanie Ellis (SCVAS Executive Director) and Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club, MassAudubon). Enjoy shorebirds, raptors, warblers, and whales on beautiful Cape Cod, MA. Details and registration information coming soon!