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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pasadena Audubon Field Trips

From Sapsuckers, to Parrots, to Eagles and Goldeneyes, to gulls, to Hawks, to Montane Species like Mt. Quail and Black-chinned Sparrow.
Mouth-watering menus, aren't they.

Veteran's Park, Sylmar

Sunday February 7, 2016 (NU at UCLA, noon)

8:00 am - 10:30 am

Who wouldn't like to spend a morning looking for sapsuckers?
Veteran's Park in Sylmar is known for having several different species of sapsuckers during the winter, and we'll try to find all of them! We'll also be on the lookout for Varied Thrushes, Mountain Chickadees, and maybe Golden-crowned Kinglets or a Plumbeous Vireo if we're really lucky.
From the 210, exit Hubbard St. and go north (a right fromt he westbound 210). Turn left on Eldridge, then make a right on Sayre. Follow Sayre until it ends at Veteran's Park. Turn right and park. We'll meet near the building at the southeast area of the park.
Brittany O'Connor

Chasing Parrots in Pasadena

Saturday, February 13, 2016

4:00 pm - dusk

Most PAS members now know that the famous “Temple City” parrots have moved to Pasadena! Join us as we follow the evening flock as it gathers size and moves to roosting sites in suburban Pasadena. Study and compare the looks and vocalizations of Red-crowned, Lilac-crowned, Red-lored, and Yellow-headed Parrots and perhaps other parrot and parakeet species as well. Birders of all ages and non-members welcome. Bring scopes if you have them.
Meet at La Pintoresca Park in Pasadena, at the northeast corner of Fair Oaks Ave. and Washington Blvd. Exit the 210 Freeway at Fair Oaks and proceed north c. 1 1/4 miles. Park on the surrounding streets and gather around the small parking lot on the east side. Depending on the location of the roosts, we will either walk or drive from there.
Larry Allen

Quail Lake and Vicinity

Saturday, February 27, 2016  (BU at UCLA 1:30pm)

7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for a trip to the extreme northwest corner of LA County, where we will look for waterbirds, raptors, and other winter visitors that are hard to find elsewhere in the county. Both Scaup species are usually present, along with Common Goldeneye and Common Merganser. Both Bald and Golden Eagles are possible, as are Ferruginous Hawk and Prairie Falcon. Past rarities seen on this trip include Barrow's Goldeneye, California Condor, Long-tailed Duck, and White-winged Scoter. We will bird Quail Lake and then move to other hot spots in the area. If people are especially enthusiastic, we can bird past 2:00 pm.
Meet in the parking lot at the west end of Quail Lake at 7:30 am. To get there, take the I-5 Freeway north, then take the Hwy 138 off-ramp east for about two miles. Quail Lake is on your left. Bring food and water, and a scope and an FRS radio if you have them. Note that we will be walking the entire length of Quail Lake, which is slightly more than a mile each way on level gravel. It can be cold and windy, so don't forget warm clothes. It takes about 75 minutes to get to Quail Lake from Pasadena, so please don't drive alone. Also keep in mind that there are no gas stations in the area.
Mark and Janet Scheel

Gull Chase and ID Clinic

Saturday, March 5, 2016 (UW at UCLA noon)

8:00 am - noon

For Larophiles, Southern California is a great place to study wintering gulls, with nine species being somewhat regular here. The downside, however, is that many of the species present are most common in their immature plumages. Join us as we sort through these sometimes confusing plumages and learn the regularities that allow us to separate the various species (at least most of the time).
Although it is a drive, Doheny State Beach in Orange County tends to be more reliable for its variety of gull species than other locations that are closer. We have had large numbers of gulls on previous field trips here, including Glaucous Gull twice, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull once.
Take I-5 south to Pacific Coast Highway exit; proceed west to the first left turn (Harbor Dr.) and take the first left into the park (official address: 34422 Park Lantern, Dana Point –there is a fee to park); and meet in SE corner of the main lot by San Juan Creek.
Larry Allen

Borrego Springs Hawkwatch and More

Saturday March 19, 2016 (BU vs USC, IW)

All day

Come join expert hawkwatcher Luke Tiller for a day at Borrego Valley Hawkwatch in Borrego Springs. We will spend the day checking out the flight of Swainson’s Hawks at the watch but also take time to explore an area which can hold a variety of interesting desert species like White-winged Dove, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Black-throated Sparrow. We will also explore local mesquite woodland for perhaps three species of thrasher (including Crissal) as well as another local specialty: Lucy’s Warbler. There are a couple of local migrant traps to explore too, so expect a full day.
You can find out more about the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch on their website , or on the hawkcount website at / .
Borrego Springs is about 2.5 hours drive from Pasadena so participants may want to consider an overnight stay. To book a place on the trip and receive details on where to meet etc, contact Luke Tiller at
Luke Tiller

Castaic Lagoon

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (UO at UCLA, noon)

7:30 am - noon

As one of the large, deep mountain reservoirs in northwestern LA County, Castaic Lake attracts a wide variety of waterbirds: diving birds like loons and grebes, diving and dabbling ducks, and loafing gulls. The list of vagrants and rarities is also impressive (Le Conte’s Sparrow and Yellow-billed Loon come to mind). The manicured picnic/recreation area on its western shore can be good for a number of wintering and migrant species and always worth a walk around. We’ll bird the park and lake shore and maybe take a detour to a few other points on the lake to scope out any ducks we may have missed.
Parking is $10/vehicle. Enter the recreation area through the gate on Castaic Lake Drive, make a left and park in the last parking lot.
Jon Feenstra

San Gabriel Mountains

Saturday, April 9, 2016 (ASU at USC, noon)

7:30 am - noon; last year it finished later than 3pm lol. Hence naturally missed Cal. at USC

This is a trip to find montane species in the early spring when some of the resident species are most vocal and active. We will devote special effort to finding Mountain Quail and the dark subspecies of Bell's Sparrow, which actively sings in April. Other targets include Black-chinned Sparrow and Sooty, Slate-colored, and Thick-billed Fox Sparrows.
We'll make several stops along the roads and do some short walks but there won't be any long or steep hikes. We're going stop along the Angeles Crest Highway, Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Charlton Flats, Cloud Burst Summit, and perhaps Buckhorn if time permits.
Meet near the base of the Angeles Crest Highway in La Canada-Flintridge. Exit 210 at Angeles Crest Highway, go north, and turn right onto Milmada Drive, which is the second street up from the freeway. Then turn left immediately onto Flanders Road and park on the west (left) side of the street.
We'll organize a carpool and then head up. Bring an Adventure Pass, warm clothes, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and sunscreen. Rain or snow cancels.
Lance Benner
Tejon Ranch

Saturday, April 23, 2016 (Ojai; Apr. 20-24)

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

At 422 contiguous square miles, or 240,000 acres, Tejon Ranch is the largest piece of privately held property in California. Tejon Ranch is a hotspot of biological diversity and lies at the confluence of four major biogeographic regions. Be part of the lucky 20 Pasadena Audubon Society members to enter Tejon Ranch. What?! You’re not a member? It’s easy. Go to our website for more information and join us.
Sign-up is required. To reserve your space contact Susan at before April 16, 2015 and provide the following information: Full name (first, middle initial, last), address (street, city, state, zipcode) and home phone number and email address. Location directions will be provided to registered participants.
Note: El Nino style rains/snow/ice will cancel.
If you sign up and cannot attend, please let Susan or Frank know more than 24 hours prior to the trip. There is always a waiting list.
Frank and Susan Gilliland

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