American Dipper by Blake Matheson
First Saturday of Every Month
Start out your first weekend of every month with a bird walk around the Elkhorn National Esuarine Research Reserve in Moss Landing. Contact: Rick Fournier 831- 633-0572 or the reserve office at 831-728-2822.
Sat. Apr. 11 – 8am-noon: Laguna Grande Park
This city lake area is one of our best locations for seeing a variety of birds, from vagrant warblers in the willow and eucalyptus trees to some of the marsh species like Sora. Join Chris as we explore the the park, including going inside the recently opened up Virgin Ave. patch where new public access is being enhanced. Meet: 8am at the bridge below the Russian Orthodox Church. RSVP: Chris Hartzell 831-375-9533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat. Apr. 25 – 7:30am-noon: Andrew Molera State Park
Located about 20 miles south of Carmel along scenic Hwy #1, the drive alone is worth the trip. Considered one of our best birding spots for vagrants, expect an easy two mile hike with stairs to the headlands. If interested we will travel down the coast to Seal Beach "condor overlook" to see if California Condors are present. Bring lunch and water. Rain Cancels. Meet: 7:30am behind Crossroads Starbucks. RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831-262-0782.
Sat. May 9 – 7:45am-noon: Struve Slough/Watsonville
These locales provide some of Watsonville's best birding, and drought permitting, host a wide variety of birds from Hooded Mergansers to occasional Mew Gulls to American Bitterns. For this half-day trip, we'll start at the Harkins Slough Road bridge; the parking lot area there can host wintering Townsend's Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, and other passerines. After birding the slough itself, we'll move on to the Kearney-Ford loop and Watsonville Slough. Shoreline willows, islands, and open water provide habitat for a large variety of birds. Meet: 7:45am at Wild Bird Haven in Monterey to carpool, or meet 8:30am at the trailhead in the back parking lot of West Marine on Westridge Dr. RSVP: Nanci Adams 831-728-5803
Sat. May 23 – 7:30am-mid-afternoon: Big Sur River mouth/Andrew Molera
Spring is the time for a host of interesting breeders and migrants at the Big Sur River mouth. Join us as we search for familiar species like Warbling Vireo, California Thrasher, Black-headed Grosbeak and scarcer birds like Purple Martin, Willow Flycatcher and Indigo Bunting. Meet: 7:30am Wild Bird Haven to carpool. RSVP: Blake Matheson 831-596-9990 email@example.com
Sat. May 30 – 8am-noon: Carmel River mouth
Considered by many to be one of the best overall “birdiest” places on the peninsula. Plan to look for shorebirds and songbirds as well as raptors like Osprey and Peregrine Falcons. Heavy rain cancels. Meet: 8am behind Crossroads Starbucks. RSVP: Cooper Scollan 831-241-1422.