Image by Julia Craice

Friends of the Santa Clara River Workday

LAKE CASITAS

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 - 8:30 AM

Join us for a walk by the lake!

Target Species: hummingbirds, grosbeaks, gnatcatchers as well as ducks, geese and waterfowl. Hopefully we will see the Lewis’s woodpecker and the Bald Eagle. Plans are to enter Lake Casitas by car so walking will be less than usual 

Directions: Take Hwy 33 towards Ojai; exit Casitas Vista Rd. Turn right twice and go under freeway past Foster Park to first right, Santa Ana Rd. Follow to park, on left. Or take Hwy 33 to Hwy 150, turn left and follow signs to the lake. Park out front and we will drive into the park or walk. 

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Bald Eagle, photo credit : Steven Sachs/ Audubon Photography Awards

CANADA LARGA ROAD

Day, Date -Time

We will drive and walk as we bird this beautiful canyon road and one of our best birding hotspots.

Target birds: Lark sparrows Red-shouldered Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Nuttall’s Woodpecker and Roadrunner.

 

Directions: From 101 N, take the 33 and exit Canada Larga Rd. Meet at the beginning of the road there is a small parking lot on the right. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a fairly busy county road, so please use good birding etiquette. Do not stop your car in the middle of the road and always bird from the shoulder.

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ARROYO VERDE PARK

Enjoy birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon. Early fall migrants may include Western Tanager, Townsend's warblers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Phainopepla. Parking is $2/hour and up to $5/day, or park on Foothill and walk inside to meet the group.

Directions: Take Victoria Ave, left on Foothill Rd, right on Day Rd to the entrance of the park. Because they are building a playground area, our usual meeting place in the parking lot by the bathroom is closed. We will meet at the last parking lot past the bathrooms before the baseball fields. 

OJAI MEADOWS

Day, Date -Time

This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings.

Target birds: Western Bluebirds, Sora, White tailed Kites, Western Meadowlark, Merlin, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows. 

more info on Ojai Valley Land Conservancy website

 

Directions: Take Hwy 33 toward Ojai and turn left at the Y. The preserve is on the left side. Parking is available in front of the entrance and at Nordoff High School. We will meet at the entrance.

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Western Bluebird, photo credit : Morris Finkelstein/ Audubon Photography Awards

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CALIFORNIA THRASHER
PHOTO:ALECIA SMITH

ORMOND BEACH

Join us at this excellent coastal location, where we will look for a variety of birds, such as Willets, Whimbrels, Long Billed Curlew, Black Bellied Plovers and other migrating shorebirds. We will also look for Peregrine Falcon, Loggerhead Shrikes and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers. Dress in layers, as the morning may be chilly. 

Directions: Hwy 101 south and exit on Rice, turn right and continue to Hueneme Rd. Turn right on Hueneme Rd. After Olds Rd. take a left on Arnold and continue to the end of the road. This is an isolated area so please be careful and lock your car.

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WILLET
PHOTO:ALECIA SMITH

VENTURA SETTLING PONDS

The settling ponds at the Ventura Harbor is a reliable place to find ducks, grebes, gulls and terns, as well as songbirds and raptors. We should hear Spotted Towhees, Yellow Rumped Warblers and Blue-gray gnatcatchers. 

Directions: Take Harbor Blvd to Spinnaker Dr. and enter Ventura Harbor. The water treatment plant is on Angler, a left turn before Spinnaker curves to the right. Park either across the street from the entrance on Angler or in lot  on right hand side of Spinnaker Dr. Use caution in crossing road at blind curve. Meet in front of gate.

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YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER
PHOTO:ALECIA SMITH

Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Workday

DATE

8:00 -9:00 AM- Optional self guided birding

9:00 AM - 12 noon

Sandy Hederick will lead any VAS volunteers interested in helping to maintain the Reed Smith trail. Arrive at 8am for self-guided pre-workday birding. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. 

For information on joining this workday, please visit the  Friends of the Santa Clara River webpage

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Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Workday

Saturday Nov 7th, 2021

Meeting Time: 9:00am - 12 noon

Sandy Hederick will lead any VAS volunteers interested in helping to maintain the Reed Smith trail. Arrive at 8am for self-guided pre-workday birding. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. 

 

For information on joining this workday, please visit the  Friends of the Santa Clara River webpage

 

PAST FIELD TRIPS

Sat 9/11/21 - Camino Real Park

Statistics: 3 hours, 1.6 miles, 29 species, 66 individuals

Sat 11/29/20 - Ormond Beach

Statistics: 6 hours, 1.5 miles, 47 species, 1887 individuals

Sat 11/14/20 - Arroyo Verde Park

Statistics: 3 hours, 1 mile, 26 species, 133 individuals

Sat 10/24/20 - Ventura Settling Ponds (Ventura Harbor Ecological Reserve)

Statistics: 2.5 hours, 1.5 miles, 34 species, 578 individuals

Sat 10/10/20 - Satwiwa

Statistics: 3 hours, 1.5 miles, 35 species, 283 individuals

Wed 9/30/20 - Arroyo Verde Park

Statistics: 3 hours, 1 mile, 29 species, 109 individuals 

Sat 9/19/20 - Camino Real Park

Statistics: 2 hours, 0.75 mile, 35 species, 127 individuals