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  TRIP FULL!  

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.

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. 

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CAMINO REAL PARK

Saturday January 8, 2022 8:00 AM

Camino Real is a grassy park surrounded by pines and eucalyptus and is an excellent place to see birds. Target birds will include Red Shouldered Hawk, Pacific-slope Flycatcher  and Townsend’s Warbler.

Directions: We will meet outside the park and walk in. Take Telegraph Road toward Ventura College. Across from Ventura College, turn onto Estates, take a right on Aurora, go to the grass beltway across from the mobile home park. Park closest to the last house in the residential tract. We will start birding along the barranca and go into the park.

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CAÑADA LARGA ROAD

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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 Cañada 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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CARPINTERIA SALT MARSH

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The Salt Marsh Reserve is an excellent birding location due to the estuary, wetlands, and upland habitats. Special birds of concern can be found here, including Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, and White-tailed Kite. Several species of heron are often seen at once.  

Directions: Take HWY 101 North, Exit Casitas Pass Rd. and turn left (south). At Carpinteria Ave., turn right, then left on Linden and right on Sandyland Rd to Ash. Park along Ash.

Bring your own lunch as we have been graciously invited to join Debby Burns at her ocean front home at Rincon Point. She will provide drinks and dessert. Details to the home will be provided at the walk.  

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EMMA WOOD

Saturday January 22, 2022 8:00 AM

At the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach, we will be searching the scrub for sparrows and warblers. We will follow the path that leads through the willow forest (often finding wrentit and other secretive birds here) and finally across the sand dunes to the Ventura River Estuary. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird, and target birds will include: Snowy, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Willet, Whimbrel, Black Turnstone, Red-necked Phalarope and Forster’s Tern. There will be a fair amount of walking, so please dress appropriately in layers and comfortable shoes. 

Directions: From US-101, exit California St, turn right and then make a quick left onto Thompson Blvd. Follow Thompson (becomes Garden St) and turn left on W. Main St. Follow W. Main St until just before it enters the northbound 101 freeway. Emma Wood Group Camp is on the left. There is ample street parking along the outside of the park on W. Main St (we must park outside and walk in). Please do not leave valuables in your car, and be sure to lock your vehicle.

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FOSTER PARK & VENTURA RIVER WALK

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 - 8:30 AM

We will meet inside the entrance to the park and bird in the park and some of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy land to the south. Bring a jacket, as it will be chilly until the sun hits us. Some expected species include egrets, herons, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebirds.  

Directions: Take Hwy 33 toward Ojai, exit at Casitas Vista Rd, go right & park under the freeway bridge. (Parking is also available inside Foster Park at a cost.  

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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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LAKE LOS CARNEROS

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021 - 8:30 AM

Lake Los Carneros is a wonderful location for bird watching with resident white-tailed kites, shore birds and waterfowl as well as woodpeckers, warblers and sparrows.  

For those who are interested we will get together for lunch at a local spot after the walk.

Directions: Take 101 North to Lake Carneros exit, make a right. Go through the roundabout , make a right into Lake Carneros before the firehouse.  

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OJAI MEADOWS

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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. 

 

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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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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SANTA CLARA RIVER ESTUARY/SURFERS KNOLL

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 - 8:30 AM

We will walk along the beach from Surfers Knoll parking lot to the estuary.

Target Species: A variety of shorebirds including Snowy Plovers, Ruddy and Black Turnstones and hopefully Surfbirds which are always an exciting treat. We will also tackle some gull and tern identification, so bring your field guides! Please bring scopes if you have them. We will be walking a good distance on sand, so please wear appropriate footwear and plan on dressing in layers.

 

Directions: Take Harbor Blvd to Spinnaker and enter Ventura Harbor. Follow Spinnaker as it curves around to the right. Park in Surfers’ Knoll parking lot, on the left.

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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 in the 4 hour parking areas on the curb, or in the lot on the right hand side of Spinnaker Dr. Use caution when crossing the road at the blind curve. Meet in front of the gate on Angler.

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HEDRICK RANCH NATURE AREA

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022 - 8:30 AM

We are excited, this is our first trip back to the HRNA since COVID. The Reed Smith trail has been cleared by volunteers and is ready for walks once again. 

There should be Vireos possibly (3 speices) with emphasis on Least Bell Vireos, Chats, Yellow Warblers, PacSlope, and maybe Blue Grosbeaks.

Directions: Take Hwy 126 to Santa Paula, 10th St. exit. Go under freeway, right turn on Harvard, right turn on 12th, and cross the S.C. River Bridge. Go 3.7 miles to 20395 S. Mountain Rd. Turn left onto the dirt road and follow it to the end (approximately 1/2 mile). Even a little rain can make the road impassable, if in doubt, call Sandy to check road conditions.

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WHEELER GORGE CAMPGROUND

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2022 - 8:30 AM

Abundant insects and running water in Wheeler Gorge make for some excellent birding in this scenic area.

 

Expected species include: Western Wood Pewee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock's, Hooded Orioles, Yellow Warblers, and hopefully some migrating birds such as warblers and vireos. feeders at the nearby visitor's center give close-up views of Hummingbirds and Steller's Jays.

 

Bring insect repellent, water, hat, sunscreen, and your field guide.

Directions: From Ventura, take Hwy 33 towards Ojai. At the "Y" intersection, turn left on Hwy 33 and go past Matilija Springs through two tunnels (about 8 miles) and meet at the campground entrance. There is parking across the street at the visitor's center.

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BARRANCA VISTA PARK

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 - 8:30 AM

Join us for a great birding spot right in our own backyard, We'll be looking for Warblers, Flycatchers, Woodpeckers, and perhaps we'll see some migrating warblers and orioles.

Directions: We'll meet at Barranca Vista Park, park at Barranca Vista Recreation. It is located at 7050 Ralston St. Ventura. From the 101, take the Johnson Dr exit, make a right on Ralston. From Telephone Rd, take Johnson and make a left on Ralston.

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MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022 - 8:30 AM

There are trails through oak and sycamore woodlands, coastal sage scrub in Malibu Creek State Park.

Directions: Malibu Creek State Park is about 45 minutes from ventura. Take 101 Freeway East, Exit at Las Virgenes Rd.  Continue 4 miles south of the 101, past Mulholland Dr, make your first right into Malibu Creek State Park. Continue straight to the first large parking lot on the left, meet at 8:30 AM.

Parking fees: All day - $12 per car per day, 3 hours - $9 per car, 2 hours - $6 per car. Hopefully many of you will carpool.

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