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2000 SAAS Field Trips


Sunday, Dec 17.  San Antonio Xmas Bird Count.  Call Ernie Roney for details.  656-4239

Saturday, December 9, 8:00AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

December 2,Saturday,8:00 AM Field trip to Hidden Valley Recreational Park    Warm up for the Christmas Bird Count (Dec.17).  Meet at the entrance to the park;  from I-35 South,exit at Fischer Road (first exit south of Loop 410 in southern Bexar County).Go across the freeway and about 1/2 mile to Campground Road (look for the large green sign).Turn right and follow the dirt road to the campground.  Just as you enter the park,  turn right into the trailer park to the administrative center.  Bring $2 for admission.

November 18,Saturday,8:00 AM Field Trip to Pullin Ranch,Whitsett  Jean Bensmiller will be the leader (830-256-4123).  Good for brush country birds: Black-throated Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Green Jay, Couch ’s Kingbirds, Bewick ’s Wren, Vermilion Flycatcher, and who knows?  Bring lunch and water; wear jeans and boots for brush.  Directions: Take I-37 south to exit 83, FM 99, and turn west to Whitsett. Cross Alt.US 281 and the railroad tracks continuing to Pullin Drive on the left (0.4 mile) before the Atascosa River.Call SAAS Audubon tape at 210-308-6788 for more information.

Saturday, September 9, 8:00AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Shirley and Dick Bartels (828-2680).

November 4,Saturday,7:45 AM   Field Trip to  Lazy U Ranch A walk around the various habitats of Nancy and Craig Russell ’s place on the Guadalupe River near Seguin.Directions: Go east on I-10 and exit at first Seguin exit, #603, to Blinking Light at FM 725.  Turn right on 725 and go 2.6 miles from the blinking light to Naumann Road on the left.  This is just an ordinary street sign,  easy to miss.  Meet here at 7:45 AM.  We are to be at the gate at 8:00 AM and the gate will be locked behind us.  Bring lunch and water.  Call Georgina Schwartz,  342-2073, for further information.It is useful for the leader to know you are coming so you won’t get locked out.

October 21 and 22,7:30AM to 3:00 PM Volksmarch,Government Canyon SNA ,San Antonio. This area in western Bexar County will be open to birders as well as walkers; go at your own pace on two different trails.See the article at right for more details?  If you want a patch with Greg Lasley ’s Golden-cheeked Warbler on it,you need to be registered in advance for the real 20K walks.  Call Lyn Ward at 210-651-6536 for details on that.

Saturday, October 14, 8:00 AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Wilson’s, Nashville, Black-and-white, Orange-crowned Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-eyed Vireo.  Chipping and Lincoln’s Sparrows. American Crow and American Robin. 2 Northern Flickers, Lesser Goldfinches

Saturday, September 30, 8:00 AM Field Trip to Walker Ranch  Migration should be in full swing!Park is located on Salado Creek at West Ave. Meet Trip leaders Andy and Wendy Garcia (344-4162)in the parking lot.

Merlin, 1 Brown Thrasher, an American Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk,. This park has Scrub and Blue Jays and Bewick’s and Carolina Wrens. Signs of migration were House Wren, Nashville, Yellow, and Orange-crowned Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lark, Chipping, and Clay-colored Sparrow.

Saturday September 16, 8:00 AM. Field Trip to the Hazel Bazemore Hawkwatch,Corpus Christi The traditional “best day ” is the 21st,,but with an early migration we should still have good luck (many of our members will also be here on the 23rd).If you ’ve never seen a kettle of a thousand or more hawks,you won ’t want to miss this trip!From I-37S take exit 14, US 77S.Proceed 0.5 miles to the exit for FM 624 (Up River Rd.).Turn right at the light,then go 0.75 miles to the (small)entrance sign to the County Park.At the Ranger Station,go left down the hill,past the pavilion to the Hawkwatch area on the bluff and look for leaders Richard and Michael Sims in the crowd (655-8995).Bring a lunch and plenty to drink.

Saturday, September 9, 8:00AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Highlights: Tallying 20 species before we left the parking lot, our 7 new birders got quite a Life List right away. We totaled 36 species including late Turkey and Black Vultures seen while closing up at the end.  The first surprise was 2 American Robins gobbling up green grapes in the vines on the swimming pool side of our parking lot. It was a great day for migrants.  Two Mourning Warblers in the weeds in Olmos Creek at the south end of the Park plus a female and an immature male Indigo Bunting were quite a find. Thanks, Richard Grant for help on those. There were Yellow, Black and White and Nashville Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Empidonax flycatchers, 1 Orchard Oriole, 2 Lesser Goldfinches. The Crows are still around. We saw 4 in the south end of the Park. The Red-shouldered Hawk finished off with a great show of calling as it spiraled up out of sight as we left.

Saturday, August 26,  8 AM Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

Highlights: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Black Tern

Saturday, August 19,  8 AM.  Hornsby Bend Waste Water Treatment Plant, Austin TX.  SAAS field trip for  shorebird migrants.From I-35 North in Austin take Hwy 71 west through the community of Del Valle.Turn left (north)on FM 973,cross the river and continue on to the plant entrance on the left.Meet in the headquarters parking lot.Call 655-8995 for more details.

Saturday, August 12, 7:30 AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

July 29,  Saturday,  8:00 AM  Field trip to Brazos Bend State Park Brazos Bend State Park Brazos Bend State Park Brazos Bend State Park Brazos Bend State Park Meet at the park headquarters. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and insect and alligator repellent! Trip leaders: Steve Hawkins (656- 7248) and Mike Sims (655-8995).

Saturday, July 22.  8 AM Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

July 15,  Saturday,  8:00 AM  Beginner ’s Bird Walk — Rockport TX.  How about taking your first out-of-town bird walk at the world’s first birding hotspot—Rockport! Trip will concentrate on easy shore-side birds. Meet trip leader Richard Sims, 655- 8995, in the parking lot of HEB across from the marina in downtown Rockport. Bring a lunch.

July 8, Saturday, 5:00 AM  Field trip to Galveston State Park   Special Trip For Black Rail. Early start is for our target bird. Meet at the State Park Head-quarters. Bring dry shoes, lunch, and lots of insect repellent. Trip leader is Mike Sims, 655-8995.

Saturday, July 8, 7:30 AM Alamo Heights Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

July 1,  Saturday,  7:00 AM  Field trip to Calavaras Lake Park  This trip sneaks up fast! How about some lake-side birding in our own back-yard? Meet in the boat ramp parking just past the entrance. The park is located just north of Loop 1604 (look for sign) in south east Bexar Co. Trip leader to be announced.

Saturday, June 24.  8 AM Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

Highlights: Wood Storks, Groove-billed Anis.

Saturday, June 17, 7:00 AM Lost Maples State Natural Area.  Come see Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher, Green Kingfisher, etc. Most direct route, about 2 hours, is to Medina on Hwy 16, then west on Hwy 337 to Vanderpool and north on RR 187 to the park. Meet at the headquarters. Bring a lunch and water. Trip leader is James Middleton (824-4619).

Saturday, June 10, 7:30 AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Sat May 27. Beginners' Walk at the Cibiolo Nature Center, Boerne City Park. 8:00 AM with Georgina Schwartz.  There will be a small charge to support the Center.

Saturday May 27 - 8:00 AM  Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

Sat May 208:00 AM. Castroville Regional Park, Bob Doe

Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 AM. Beginners' walk at Judson Nature Trails in Alamo Heights.

Tuesday May 9,  4 PM  Castroville Regional Park  with Georgina Schwartz

Saturday May 6, Hidden Valley with Keith Bartels.

Highlights:  Barred Owl, Mourning, Magnolia, Wilson's, Yellow, Nashville, Black-throated Green, and Black-and-white Warblers.

April 29­30, Saturday­Sunday Exploratory trip to Devil¹s River SNA Trip to this State Natural Area will require primitive camping, or long  commutes. Nearest lodging is in Comstock, Del Rio, or Ozona. Lodging may  be possible in park bunkhouse (you provide linen). Call Bob Doe  for details.

Saturday, April 22.  8AM  Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

April 15, Saturday 8:00 AM - Field trip to O.P. Schnabel Park A trip along the riparian zone along Leon Creek looking for migrants. If  rains make the creek impassible, we will bird the park uplands. Trails may be rough and rocky. Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Pavilion in the park. The  entrance to the park is located on Bandera Road, a couple of miles inside  Loop 1604, across from Braun Road. Leader: Georgina Schwartz (342-2073)

Saturday, Apr. 8, 8:00 AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Highlights: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 10 Franklin’s Gulls flying over, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers

April 1, Saturday 8AM - Field trip to University of the Incarnate Word Meet at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Nursing Bldg. Enter the University from  Hildebrand. Trip will cover the gardens and plantings on the University grounds, looking for early migrants. Leader: Betty Walters (656-7545)

Highlights: Lincoln’s Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

Saturday, Mar 18. Friedrich Park. Morning trip to look for newly arrived  Golden-Cheeked Warblers. Meet 8:00 am at the parking lot in the park.  Take  I-10 west to Camp Bullis Road exit. Go across the freeway, and turn right  onto the west side access road. Go north for about 1 mile and follow  signs to  Friedrich Park. Expect trails to be steep and rocky. Leader: To be  arranged.

Sunday, Mar 12. Mitchell Lake. Meet at 8:00 am at the entrance, 0.7 miles  south of Loop 410 on Moursund Blvd. Expect migrant and wintering  shorebirds  and waterfowl. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Saturday, Mar 11. 8:00 AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Saturday, Mar 4. Park Chalk Bluff and Road 202, Uvalde County. Meet at  8:00  am at the intersection of Highway 55 and the entrance road, approximately  15  miles NW of Uvalde. Allow 2 hours travel time. Bring lunch, drinks, and  money  for park entrance fee. Field trip will concentrate on "western and  southern"  birds, although early migrants such as Louisiana Waterthrush and Northern Parula may be possible. Our last trip to Road 202 had Olive Sparrows,  Black  Phoebe, Green and Ringed Kingfishers. Leader: Bob Doe

Highlights: Chalk Bluff: Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Olive Sparrow, N. Roughwing Swallow, Ash-throated Flycatcher.  Road 202: Gr. Kiskadee, Black Phoebe, Green Kingfisher.

Sunday Feb 27 - 8:00 AM Hidden Valley Recreational Park. Leader: Keith Bartels. Meet 8:00 at the registration office. From the intersection of Loop 410 and I-35 in south San Antonio, go south on I-35 to the first exit (Fischer Road). Turn left across the freeway and go approximately 1/2 mile to the entrance road (watch for green sign). Follow entrance road past the gravel pit and as you start down the hill, turn right to the registration office. Bring $2.00 entrance fee.

Highlights: Green Kingfisher,  Ring-necked Duck, Audubon's Warbler

Saturday Feb 26 - 8:00 AM  Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

Highlights: Least Grebe, Cinnamon Teal, Gr. White-fronted Geese, Barn Swallow, Cave Swallow, Purple Martins

Saturday Feb 19 - Monday Feb 21. Three day trip to Lower Rio Grande Valley. Meet 7:00 am each morning at the park across from the Municipal Auditorium in Harlingen. Make arrangements for breakfast/lunch. Countdown dinner each night. Multiple trips available each day. Multiple leaders. Participants are to make own lodging arrangments, although I suggest the Days Inn, 1901 West Tyler, (800) 329-7466. Please consider car-pooling down. Contact Bob Doe for info or for room sharing. Field trips include Laguna Atascosa, Brownsville/Sabal Palms, Santa Ana NWR/Bentsen SP, Falcon Dam.

Saturday, Feb 12. 8:00 AM Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz

Sunday Feb 6. 8:00 AM Canyon Lake/New Braunfels. Leader Bob Doe. Meet at the intersection of  FM 306 and US 281 in Spring Branch. This is about 5-6 miles after crossing the Guadalupe River northbound on US 281. Field trip will concentrate on water birds on Canyon Lake. Lunch in New Braunfels. In the afternoon, we will search the agricultural fields east of New Braunfels for possible Mountain Plover and/or longspurs. Bring $10 for park access and lunch.

Highlights:  5 Common Loons, Greater Scaup, Herring Gull, Bonaparte's Gull

Saturday, Feb 5. 8:00 AM Cartwright Ranch. Leader Jean Bensmiller. Meet at 8:00 am at the causeway over Lake Corpus Christi on FM 534. From San Antonio, take I-37  toward Corpus Christi. Exit at exit 47 (Swinney Switch) and proceed about 1 mile along the access road. At the intersection with FM534, turn right, and go down the hill. Park off the road before you reach the causeway over the lake. Allow about 1 1/2 hours driving time from San Antonio. Bring sack lunch and water. This is one of our most popular trips, with approximately 100 species seen each year, ranging from geese to Green Jays.

Highlights: Audubon's Oriole, Green Jay, Snow Geese, Gr. White-fronted Geese, Sandhill Cranes

January 29, Saturday, 8:00 AM Field trip to Eisenhower Park. Meet at the entrance, approximately 1 mile north of Loop 1604 on NW Military Drive (just before entering Camp Bullis Military Reservation).  Wintering sparrows, juncos and finches expected. Leader: Mariann Golden (650-4312).

January 22­24, Saturday­Monday Three-day trip to Granger Lake area, Lake Tawakoni, and Dallas area looking for longspurs, winter ducks, and finches. Contact Bob Doe  for details (679-8223)

Highlights: Lapland and McCown's Longspurs, Prairie Falcon, Black-headed Gull, Common Goldeneye, White-breated Nuthatch, Pileated and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Fox Sparrow, Brown Creeper

January 22, Saturday, 8:00 A.M. Field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney  656-4239

January 15, Saturday, 8:00 AM Field trip to Calaveras Lake/Braunig Lake. Meet at the dam at Calaveras Lake. From the intersection of Route 181 and Loop 1604 in SE Bexar County, take Loop 1604 NW for approximately 1 mile to Stuart Road. Turn left onto Stuart for about ???? mile to the lake entrance on the left. Pay entrance fee ($3.00, $1.00 for senior) then turn left and follow road to the dam.   Leader: Bob Doe (679-8223)

Highlights: Virginia Rail, possible Cassin's Sparrow

January 9, Sunday, 8:00 AM - McAllister Park.  Meet at the Group Campground in the park. From the intersection of Jones Maltsberger and Starcrest (east of US 281 and north of the airport), take Jones Maltsberger NW for approximately 1 mile to the park entrance on your right. Enter the park and turn left to the Group Campground. We'll look for Pine Warbler, Winter Wren, nuthatches and Brown Creeper in the dense oak woodlands of the park. Leader: Bob Doe (679-8223)

January 8, Saturday, 8:00 A.M. -  Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leaders: Richard and Shirley Bartels

Highlights: Crested Caracara, 2 Brown Creepers, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, 3 Pine Warblers

January 1, Saturday, 8:00 AMField trip to Mitchell Lake. Start working on your year lists early. Leader: Bob Doe (679-8223)


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