November birding with Yolo Audubon

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Photo by Ken Ealy

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November gets off to an early start for the Yolo Audubon Society with two field trips scheduled for the first weekend of the month. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Sharon Kirkpatrick will lead a group to Lake Solano at the base of the Coast Range foothills, west of Winters. Participants will look for fall regulars, including Osprey, Phainopepla, and Wood Duck, and with some luck, might find such striking species as Pileated Woodpecker and Bald Eagle. The tour will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Marketplace Shopping Center off Covell Boulevard in Davis and will return in the early afternoon. There is a $6 per-car fee at the Solano County park. On Sunday, Nov. 4, Ken Ealy and Carlos Castaneda will lead an introductory bird watching tour at the Woodland East Regional Pond, also known as Farmers Central Pond. The location has easy-walking pathways and viewing platforms where participants may see a variety of geese, egrets, and other water birds. The trip is appropriate for children five-years and older. Binoculars will be available for loan. The tour meets at 8:15 a.m. at the pond parking lot, at the intersection of County Road 102 and Farmers Central Road, in Woodland, and will conclude by noon. The trip will repeat on Sunday, Dec. 2, when it will be co-hosted by the Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD), who will offer information on the pond and provide access to areas ordinarily off-limits to the public. On Sunday, Nov. 18, Stan Hunter will lead a popular hiking tour of Audubon California’s Bobcat Ranch, located west of Winters. The approximately 2 mile round-trip hike is fairly gentle, with a couple hundred feet elevation gain. The trip will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Winters and conclude around noon. Space is limited on this tour, so please contact Stan Hunter early to reserve a space. Further details for each trip, including leader contract information, can be found on the Yolo Audubon website at www.yoloaudubon.org. Rain or strong winds will cancel these tours. Please contact the tour leader if the weather appears uncertain. Photo caption:  Great Blue Heron is among the birds likely to be seen on Yolo Audubon’s introductory birding tours held Monday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 2. ]]>

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