Ventura Audubon Society field trips for September

September 3, 8:30 am. Camino Real Park.
Raeann Koerner 701-1919.
Camino Real is a grassy park surrounded by pines and eucalyptus and is an excellent fall migrant hotspot. Target birds will include Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak, but any number of cool warblers show up at this park during migration!

September 9, 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park.
Linda Easter 482-7537.
Enjoy birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon. Early fall migrants may include Western Tanager, Rufous Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Phainopepla.

September 17, 8:00 a.m. Santa Clara River Estuary/Surfers Knoll.
Tevin Schmitt 661 904-1563
We hope to see a variety of shorebirds including Western Snowy Plovers, Ruddy and Black Turnstones and hopefully Surfbirds which are always an exciting treat. We will also tackle some gull and tern identification, so bring your field guides!

September 19, 8:30 a.m. Emma Wood State Beach/Ventura River Estuary
Adele Fergusson 415-4304
We will meet at the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach and begin searching the scrub for sparrows and warblers. Then follow the path that leads through the willow forest (often finding wrentits and other secretive birds) and finally across the sand dunes to the Ventura River Estuary. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird, and target birds will include: Western Snowy Plover, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Whimbrel, Black Turnstone, Red-necked Phalarope and Forster’s Tern. There will be a fair amount of walking, so please dress appropriately in layers and comfortable shoes.

September 23, 8:00 a.m. Ventura Settling Ponds.
Frank DeMartino 906-8733.
The Settling Ponds at the Ventura Harbor is a reliable place to find ducks, summer gulls and terns, as well as songbirds and raptors. We should hear Yellow Warblers and maybe some fall migrants!

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