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1998 SAAS Field Trips

Sat. Dec 26, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Ross's Goose, Red-breasted Mergansers, Surf Scoter, Harlan's Hawk, Bonaparte's Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead.

Sun. Dec 20, 1998 - The San Antonio Christmas Bird Count.  All skill levels are encouraged to come out for a full day of birding.  See how many species we can find in one day! Contact Ernie Roney if you wish to participate.

Highlights: Rufous-capped Warbler, OldSquaw, Horned Grebe, Baltimore Oriole, Couch's Kingbird, Sprague's Pipit, Red-headed Woodpecker, Snow Goose, Peregrine Falcon.

Sat. Dec 12, 8:00am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Golden-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrush, N. Flicker, Downy Wodpecker.

Sat. Dec. 5, 8:00am - Bamberger Nature Park on Babcock Rd at Leon Creek in northwest San Antonio. This new city park is still unimproved with no real trails yet. We have been walking around on it to compile a bird list for San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.  Parking will be across Babcock Rd on the Last Chance Forever bird refuge.  Meet leader, Tom Richards, at the parking area.

Highlights: Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrows, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Field Sparrows, 1000's of Am. Robins and 100's of Cedar Waxwings.

Sat. Nov. 28, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Least Grebes, 1 Female Common Goldeneye.

Sat. Nov 14, 8:00am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Much of the area closed due to last month's flooding. Yellow-shafted Flickers, American Robins, Red-shouldered Hawks.

Sat. Nov. 7, 8:00am - Pullin Ranch near Whitsett, TX. From San Antonio travel IH 37 south to the Hwy 99 exit. Turn right (west) going through Whitsett to the ranch entrance on the left about a mile past Whitsett.  If you reach the river, you've gone too far. Call Jean, or Richard Sims, for information. Bring a Lunch.

Highlights: Cactus Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Green Kingfisher.

Sat. Oct. 31, 8:00am - Calaveras and Braunig Lakes.  Meet in the parking lot at Calaveras near the restrooms just inside the gate. $3 entrance fee per person.

Highlights: Numerous Osprey, 1 Sora, White-crowned and Vesper Sparrow, Marsh Wren. N. Flicker

Sat. Oct. 24, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights:  American Bittern, Tree and Bank Swallows, Roseate Spoonbills.

Sat., Oct 17, 8:00amBamberger Nature Park on Babcock Rd at Leon Creek in northwest San Antonio. This new city park is still unimproved with no real trails yet. We have been walking around on it to compile a bird list for San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.  Parking will be across Babcock Rd on the Last Chance Forever bird refuge.  Meet leader, Tom Richards, at the parking area.

Highlights: Flooded out by the big flood of '98.

Sat. Oct 10, 8:00am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights:  Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker

Sat., Oct 3, 8:00am  SAWS  Medina River properties at Applewhite. Meet Georgina Schwartz at big gate on Neal Rd  2.2 miles west of Pleasanton Rd or 1.2 miles east of Applewhite Rd in South Bexar County. We will go in and bird the area until Mike Mecke from San Antonio Water Systems comes to tell us about the history of the properties. A break at the Oak Island Ice House and a walk around the pecan bottom reached off Highway 16 should last until about noon. There are no facilities on either of these properties.  For info, call or e-mail Georgina.

Highlights: Olive-sided Flycatcher, B&W, Nashville, and Yellow Warblers.

Sat. Sept. 26, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Sat. Sept 26, 8am - Hawk Migration at Hazel Bazemore County Park in Corpus Christi. Leader: Richard Sims. Plan to count hawks during the morning then visit other hot spots such as Tule Lake and Hans Suter Park. Bazemore Park is about 130 miles south of San Antonio.  Go south on I-37 to Exit 14, US 775. Proceed 0.5 miles to the exit for FM 624 (Up River Road). Turn right at the light, then 0.75 miles to the entrance sign for the county park. At the ranger station, go left down the hill, past the pavillion to the hawkwatch areo on the bluff and find Richard in the crowd.  Bring lunch and a chair.  You don't have to arrive on time. The earlier the better.

Sat. Sept. 12 , 8:00 am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Bell's Vireo, American Redstart, Yellow-breasted Chat, Baltimore, Bullock's and Orchard Orioles, Belted Kingfisher, Lesser Goldfinch, Verdin, Downy Woodpecker.

Saturday-Monday, Sept. 5-7: Davis Mountains. Meet Bob Doe at 12 noon at the intersection of roads 17 and 3078, just south of the town of Toyahvale. This weekend trip will be primarily looking for western migrants, hummingbirds, and high country residents. Make lodging reservations for 2 nights, Saturday and Sunday, at Davis Mountain State Park, Ft Davis, or Alpine. Directions: Take I-10 west to exit 209 (Balmorhea). Take road 17 south to the intersection with 3078. This is about 360 miles from San Antonio; allow adequate travel time. Please carpool as much as possible.

Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30: Shorebird Weekend. Weekend trip concentrating on shorebird identification. About 30 species of shorebirds are expected, with 100+ species total expected for the weekend. Meet Bob Doe at 7:30 am on Saturday at the entrance to Hornsby Bend Wastewater treatment plant in Austin, at 3:30 pm on Saturday at Mitchell Lake entrance, and at 8:00 am on Sunday at Packery Channel County Park on Padre Island. Directions: Hornsby Bend – Take I-35 north to Highway 71 in So Austin. Take 71 east to FM 973. Take FM 973 north (toward Manor) about a mile to the entrance to Hornsby Bend on the left. Packery Channel – take I-37 to Corpus Christi. Take Highway 358 to Mustang and Padre Island. About ½ mile past the high bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, look for signs for Packery Channel Park. Entrance on your left. Meet at the visitor center. Bring $ for lunch and admission to Padre Island Nat Seashore. Please carpool as much as possible.

Sat. Aug 22, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Black Terns

Saturday, Aug 15 Birds and Bats in the Austin Area. Meet Bob Doe at the entrance to Bastrop State Park at 8:00 am. We will bird the pine forests at Bastrop, looking for local breeders and early migrants. In the afternoon, we will move to Hornsby Bend to look for shorebirds in the ponds and migrants along the Colorado River. We will end the day at the 1 million strong bat colony under Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. To get to Bastrop State Park, take I-35 North to Highway 71 in So. Austin. Take Highway 71 east about 30 miles to the town of Bastrop and follow signs to the park. Allow about 2 hours travel time. Lunch and dinner in local eateries. Please carpool as much as possible.

Highlights: (BASTROP) Pine Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Summer Tanager (Turf Farms in UTLEY) Upland Sandpipers (Hornsbey Bend) Indigo Bunting and Yellow Warblers.

Wed. Aug 12 Evening outing at Mitchell Lake to watch shorebirds and shooting stars.
Weather permitting. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Sat. Aug 8 , 7:30am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Sat. July 25, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Sat. July 18:   field trip to Padre Island National Seashore. Leader is Bob Doe. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are requested for a drive down the wild ocean beach of Padre Island. The first 5 miles below Malaquite Beach are OK for passenger cars, but after that, 4-wheel drive is recommended. The wild beach has gulls, terns (possible Sooty or Bridled are target birds), possible Frigatebirds, Boobies, as well as early shorebird migrants. If we do not get enough in 4-wheel drive area, we will do the Bob Hall Pier section of the beach and the shorebird areas around Corpus Christi.

Highlights: Bridled Tern, Magnificent Frigatebird.

Sat. July 11 , 7:30am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz> 


Saturday, June 27, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Hooded Oriole, Least Grebe, Eared Grebe, Groove-billed Ani, Blue Grosbeak, Crested Caracara, Roseate Spoonbill, Northern Shoveler.

Saturday, June 20, 7:30amCalaveras and Braunig Lakes led by Richard Grant. Participants are asked to meet at 7:30AM  at the boat ramp parking lot at Calaveras Lake. The entrance fee is $3.00 which is good for both areas.

Sunday, June 14, 7:30am - Lost Maples State Natural Area led by Keith  Bartels. Meet him at 7:30AM at the entrance station. It is a 2 hour drive to the area and normal state park fees apply.

Highlights: Golden-cheeked Warbler, Green Kingfisher, Scott's Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo, B&W Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Bushtit, Acadian Flycatcher, Lesser Goldfinch, Eastern Screech Owl.

Saturday June 13, 7:30am - Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Verdin (in Olmos Park), Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron.

Saturday, June 6, 7:30am - Choke Canyon State Park. Meet leader, Richard Sims, at 7:30AM by the Calliham Unit entrance station. Bring lunch, extra water,  and clothing for hiking in hot conditions.

Highlights: Green Kingfisher, Barred Owl, Groove-billed Ani, Least Grebe (with 2 young).

Saturday, May 30, 7:30am - Lonesome Hills Ranch. This is in western Bandera County. We will meet at Mansfield Park on Hwy 16 west of Bandera. Turn right into the park and drive to the tan colored building on the left.  Park on the left side of the building. Leaders will be ranch owner, Jerry Pierce, and Richard Sims.  Please call Richard if you plan to join this outing.  There will be a $5 fee for the trip.  Bring lunch.

Highlights: Zone-tailed Hawk, Summer Tanager, Cooper's Hawk, Orchard Oriole, Scott's Oriole, Indigo Bunting, ainted Bunting, Bell's Vireo

Saturday, May 23, 8:00am - Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Black Skimmer, Least Tern, Franklin's Gulls, Roseatte Spoonbill.

Saturday, May 23, 8:00am - Cibilo Nature Center, Boerne, TX - Beginners' walk with Georgina Schwartz as leader.  A small fee will support the nature center. The Center is in the City Park in Boerne. Exit I-10 at the Business Rte US 87 exit and proceed until you come to State Rte 46 turning right just after you cross the Cibilo Creek bridge Follow 46 east to the edge of town where there is a sign to City Park on your right. Follow this road to the end.

Highlights: Magnolia, Wilson's and Yellow Warblers.

Sunday , May 17, 7:30am - Uvalde. Meet Bob Doe at 0730 at the County Courthouse, at the intersection of U.S. 90 and  U.S. 83 in "downtown" Uvalde. This will be an all day trip, exploring the area around Uvalde. Some areas we will investigate are County Road 202, the Uvalde Fish Hatchery, and Ft.Inge Park. If time permits, we may make a trip up to Concan to look for Black-Capped Vireos. The focus of the trip will be birds such as Cassin’s Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Scaled Quail, Bell’s Vireo, Scott’s Oriole, etc that are uncommon or hard to find in the San Antonio area. Uvalde is about 90 miles from San Antonio; please carpool as much as possible. Call Bob Doe at 679-8223 if you need, or can offer, a ride.

Highlights: Ringed Kingfisher (2), Green Kingfisher (2), Olive Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Bell's Vireo.

Saturday , May 16, 8:00am - Camp Bullis. This trip is limited to 20 people. Call or email  Bob Doe beforehand to get on the list.

Highlights: Black-capped Vireo (Heard Only) , Golden-cheeked Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Painted Bunting, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite

Sunday, 03 May, 8am - Packery Channel County Park/Padre Island National Seashore. Early May is the peak of migration for many species, and Packery Channel is a well known migrant trap. The low bushes in the park and surrounding residential areas can be alive with colorful migrants. Additionally, the mudflats between Packery Channel and Mustang Island are great for shorebirds. Finally we will bird the marshes, bayshore and ocean beach of Padre Island National Seashore for waders, shorebirds and passerine migrants. Meet Bob Doe at 0800 at Packery Channel County Park. To get there, take I-37 to Corpus Christi, then  highway 358 towards Mustang and Padre Island. When you cross the high bridge over the Intra-coastal Waterway, look for signs for Packery Channel Park. Turn left into the park entrance and meet at the visitor station. This is about 3 hours for San Antonio; carpool as much as possible. Call Bob Doe if you need, or can offer, a ride. There is a $10.00 entrance fee to the National Seashore.

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

Sunday April 19, 1998 8am -- Bob Doe will lead a field trip to Bastrop State Park near Bastrop,Tx and Hornsby Bend in Austin Tx on April 19, 1998. Participants are asked to meet at 8AM  at the Bastrop headquarters where the park fee will be collected.  It is recommended that participants car pool to the park.  Hornsby Bend should produce water birds while the piney woods will have birds of the area as well as migrants.

Saturday April 18, 8am -- Keith  Bartels will lead a birding trip along Ave. A , off of Mulberry St., and to the Botanical Center on Funston St. Meet  him at the corner of Mulberry and Ave A at 8AM. Spring migrants should be plentiful.

Saturday, Apr. 11, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Nashville Warblers, American Crow  (~45 species.)

Saturday, April 4, 1998, 8am --  Friedrich Park to look for the Golden-cheeked Warblers and other spring migrants.  Meet at 8AM  in the park's parking lot.  Go north on IH-10 West to Camp Bullis exit. Cross under IH-10 and continue north on the frontage road to the park sign; then turn west to the parking lot. Bring water and hiking boots.

Highlights: Several Golden-cheeked Warblers.  Black-throated Green Warblers.

Saturday, Mar. 28, 8am -- Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Green-tailed Towhee, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, all 3 Teal species, Wilson's Phalarope.

Saturday,  Mar. 21 7:45am - Honey Creek/Guadalupe River S.P. Leader: Sue Bayley.  Take Hwy US 281 north. Exit on 46 west toward Boerne.  Go 2.9 miles to Spring Branch Road on the right. Go 3.5 miles on Spring Branch Road. The entrance is on the left, but is not labeled. It is a metal ranch gate with upright cedar posts. Meet Sue Bayley at the entrance. There are no facilities in this area. Bring water and wear good walking shoes. The entrance gate will be locked at 8:00 AM, so you must be on time.

Highlights: Common Poorwill, Northern Parula, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Grasshopper Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Saturday,  Mar 21, 8am - Incarnate Word Campus. Leader: Betty Walters. Meet at 8:00 am in front of the Nursing Building on Hildebrand, west of Highway 281. A stroll through campus looking for early migrants and late winter residents.

Sunday, Mar 15, 8am - Hidden Valley Recreation Area.  Leader Bob Doe. Meet at 8:00 at the headquarters to explore a nice riparian area along the Medina River. $3.00/person entrance fee. From I-35 and Loop 410 in South San Antonio, go south on I-35. Take the first exit (Fischer Road) and turn left across the freeway. Continue a mile or so until you see the signs for Hidden Valley RV park and turn right.

Highlights: 1 Northern Parula, 1 Lousianna Waterthrush, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 2-3 Harris's Sparrows, 1 Barred Owl, 5-6 Red-breasted Nuthatches. 60 species total.

Saturday, Mar. 14, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: 2 American Crows  (a Beginner's Bird Walk first!) Red-shouldered hawks on 2 nests.

Sunday, Mar 8, 8am - Eisenhower Park  Leader: Marianne Golden. Meet at 8:00 at the park, which is located on  N.W. Military Dr, approximately 2 miles north of Loop 1604, just before you enter Camp Bullis.

Sunday, Mar 8, 8am  - Attwater Prairie Chicken N.W.R. Leader: Bob Doe. Bexar Audubon Society trip looking for sparrows, geese, hawks, and (hopefully) chickens. Meet at 8:00 am on the refuge entrance road, just off FM road 3013. Take I-10 east past Columbus to Alleyton Exit (Road 102). Take road 102 south to Eagle Lake, then take road 3013 N.E. to the refuge entrance. Plan to arrive early (daybreak) to have any possibility to hear the chickens booming.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 8am -- Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Sat. Feb 21, 8am -- A late winter trip to the fields east of New Braunfels to look for Mountain Plover, longspurs, and Sandhill Cranes. Meet Sue Wiedenfeld at the Clear Springs Restaurant on Hwy 46 east of New Braunfels.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: The morning started out with strong thunderstorms, and progressed to a steady rain. Barred Owl and Red-breasted Nuthatch were found.

Sunday, Feb 15, 8am -- Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR and environs.  Hawks, geese and sparrows can be expected. Specialties include White-tailed Hawk, Ross's Goose, LeConte's Sparrow, Sprague's Pipit. Meet at 8AM at the entrance road to the refuge. To get there take I-10 east to the Alleyton/Eagle Lake exit (road 102) and go south to Eagle Lake. In Eagle Lake, take Road 3013 east to the refuge entrance. Meet on the entrance road, just off road 3013. Leader Bob Doe.

Highlights:  Cold, damp, and breezy, but the birds were OK. 77 species total, including Bald Eagle, 4 goose species, including several Ross's.  King and Virginia Rails, Long-billed Curlew, and Lark Buntings.

Monday Feb. 16, 8am -- Bexar County "Lakes" tour -- Braunig, Calaveras, and Mitchell Lakes. A full day examining the largest lakes in Bexar County looking for loons, grebes and unusual waterfowl. Meet at 8AM at the boat ramp just inside the Calaveras Lake entrance. $3.00 entrance fee.

Highlights: 86 species total: highlights were Wild Turkey, Harris's sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Verdin, Least Grebe, White- faced Ibis, Snowy Egret and Green Heron (both unusual in winter).

Sunday, Feb. 8, 8am -- Western Bexar County, outside Loop 1604.  Meet leader Bob Doe at 8am at the SW corner of Loop 1604 and US 90 for a morning exploring this under-appreciated area..

Highlights: Canvasback, Redheads, Cooper's Hawk, Brewer's Blackbird, Eastern Bluebird.

 Saturday, Feb. 7, 8am -- Cartwright Ranch Field Trip. This combination of brush county and the upper end of Lake Corpus Christi combined to produce 95 species last year and even more in previous years. We expect to find Geese, Ducks, South-Texas specialties like Couch's Kingbird, Great Kiskadee, and Green Jay.  The meeting place is about 90 miles south of San Antonio. Take I-37 south to exit 47 (FM3024 and FM534). Continue on the access road one mile south to Swinney Switch. Turn Right on FM 534 and drive to the beginning of the causeway to meet leader Jean Bensmiller. Bring lunch and drink. Allow 2 hrs to get there from San Antonio.  Carpooling is encouraged.

Highlights: Ross's Goose, Snow Goose, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Green-tailed Towhee. Total Species: 104
 

Saturday, Jan. 31, 8am -- Trip to the Southside Lions Park with leader Mariann Golden..

Highlights: Severe Thunderstorms.  Still, we got Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, Crested Caracara, Eastern Bluebirds, Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, etc.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 8am -- Monthly field trip to Mitchell Lake with Ernie Roney.

Highlights: Cinnamon Teal, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 tree with about 10 dead mice left by a Loggerhead Shrike, Verdin, Least Grebe, Neotropic and Double-crested Cormorants.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 6:30am -- Choke Canyon State Park led by Keith Bartels.  We expect to see Texas specialties like the Olive Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, and Crested Caracara. Those interested in looking for owls and sorting out the dawn chorus of birds can meet Keith at the park headquarters of the Calliham Unit at 6:30 AM. Keith will return to the gate at 8:00 to pick up late arrivers. Bring lunch if you plan to stay all day. Send e-mail with questions.

Highlights: 2 Eastern Screech Owls, 2 Great-horned Owls, Paraque, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Cave Swallows, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, Olive Sparrow, Gr. Kiskadee, Black-throated Sparrow, Krider's Hawk. 78 species in total.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 8am -- Beginner's Bird Walk at Judson Nature Trails. Leader: Georgina Schwartz.

Highlights: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pyrrhuloxia, Blue-headed Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Dark-eyed Junco.

Saturday, Jan. 3 -- Beorne Christmas Bird Count with Sue Wiedenfeld, details here.


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