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1997 SAAS Field Trips

Saturday, Dec. 27, 8am -- Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Sunday, Dec. 21 -- San Antonio Christmas Bird Count.

Highlights: Common Goldeneye, Merlin, Green Kingfisher, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch (Seen in several areas, including Mitchell Lake!), Winter Wren, Sprague's Pipit, Green-tailed Towhee, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Couch's Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Long-billed Curlew, Zone-tailed Hawk

Saturday, Dec. 13, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 8am -- Palmetto State Park.  We hope to find Red-bellied, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers along with Tufted Titmouse (not Black-crested) and Green Kingfisher. We can also hope for a Woodcock. Take I-10 east for about 60 miles and exit on Hwy 183 south toward Gonzales. Follow signs about 4 miles on 183 to park headquarters. Bring lunch and footwear for damp walking. Leader James Middleton, 824-4619.

Highlights: Pine Warbler, Green Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7pm -- San Antonio Environmental Network, quarterly meeting, 7 PM, Witte Museum. Topc, "A local Nature Preserve System? Exploring the Prospects."  We belong to this forum.

Saturday, Nov. 29, 8am -- After Thanksgiving trip to Calaveras Lake and Braunig Lake. Leader James Middleton. Meet at entrance parking lot at Calaveras Lake. Entrance fee is $3 ($1 for seniors) is good at both lakes for the day. These lakes have deep water for loons, and reed beds for Swamp Sparrows and Marsh Wrens. Bring Lunch.

Highlights: Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrows, Osprey, Ring-billed Gulls, Field,
Vesper, Savannah, White-crowned, Song, and Lincoln Sparrows. Pyrrhuloxia, Bewick's Wren.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 8am -- Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Oldsquaw, Horned Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks, 5 Crested Caracara, Leconte's, Harris', Savannah, Vesper, White-crowned, Grasshopper Sparrows, Bufflehead, Say's Phoebe.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 8am -- Pullin Ranch, Whitsett, TX. Leader Jean Bensmiller. A good chance to see Cactus Wren, Sandhill Cranes, Black-throated Sparrows and other brush-country birds. Take I-37 south to exit 83, FM 99 and turn west to Whitsett. Cross US 281 Alternate and the railroad tracks. Continue west to the last cattle guard on the left side of Whitsett (0.4 miles). If you get to the Atascosa River bridge, you have gone too far. Jeans and boots are recommended for thick brush and thorns. Bring lunch and drinks.

Highlights: Sandhill Cranes, Least Grebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Hooded Merganser, Common Ground Dove, Black-throated Sparrow, Long-billed Thrasher.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler, two Red-shouldered Hawks

November 1, 8am -- Hill Country Natural Area lead by Bob Doe. We will look for late migrants and winter residents, especially our wintering sparrows. Take TX 16 to Bandera and turn south (left) on Rt. 173 at the light. Proceed one mile and turn right on to Ranch Road 1077. Continue 10 miles to park and leader Bob Doe at the headquarters. Bring lunch, water and hiking shoes.

Highlights: Wind!! Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-throated Green Warbler, Vesper, Chipping, Savannah, Lark Sparrows. See some trip photos!

Saturday, October 4, 8am-- Hidden Valley Recreational Park. Leader: Mariann Golden. This is a private park with a $3.00 fee for a morning of birding. Located south on IH 35 to exit for Fischer Rd. just south of Loop 410. Then southeast (left) on Fischer Rd. for about 0.7 miles to Hidden Valley sign on gravel road to the right. Then south about a mile to check in at Jack's Trading Post. Birding will be around two lakes and along the Medina River.

Highlights: Wood Stork (3), Nashville Warblers (25-30), Mourning Warbler (1), Mississippi Kite (1).

Wednesday, Oct. 8 -- Weekday Birders. McAllister Park

Highlights: Ladder-backed and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. Western Scrub Jay and Blue Jay. Eastern Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails.

Highlights: RAIN!!! But, we still ended up with 26 species. Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were seen. A Verdin was heard but never found.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 8am -- Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

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