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Field Trips: March – April, 2018

Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Gray skies! Rain! And more gray skies and more rain; and a few inches of snow. The past few months have not been nice – weather wise. But March is here; and the swallows are back. We’ve kept several of our regular outings for March and April; we’ve added a unique Hawk Watch outing; and, of course, we’ll go chasing shorebirds one afternoon. And oh yes, BirdFest happens also.

 

Pitship Pocket to Port Williams

Date & Time: Saturday, March 10, 9am

Leader: The Grasshopper (Gary Bullock)

Meeting place: South parking lot at John Wayne Marina

Features: Late Winter residents and early Spring migrants. One never knows what will be found on this outing – an easy onshore scoping of Sequim Bay and the open waters looking off towards Discovery Bay and Protection Island always brings a bit of feathered enlightenment. And we’ll also checkout what might be lingering along Schmuck road.

Bring: Scopes, binocs and personal items as desired.

Contact: Gary Bullock gbullockak@hotmail.com / 360 797-4556

 

Neah Bay Bahokus Peak Hawk Watch

Date & Time: Saturday, March 24; 8:30am

Leader: Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Meeting place: Washburn’s Market Parking Lot

Features: This outing is totally weather dependent. If no fog, low clouds, or nasty winds we’ll head up Bahokus Peak to spend the day watching and waiting for raptors, Sandhill cranes, and other Spring migrants. This is a stand-around, sit-down, sky-watch waiting for birds to come flying by as they stage to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island. If the weather is not conducive to raptor watching – there’s always the possibility of just birding out-and-about around Neah Bay.

Bring: Scopes, binocs and personal items as desired; camp chairs are a boon.

Contact: Denny Van Horn dennyvanhorn@gmail.com / 360 406-1584

 

Carrie Blake Park

Date & Time: Saturday, April 7; 8-10am

Leader: Cindy Fullwiler

Meeting place: South parking lot near the dog pen

Features: A walk around and through Carrie Blake Park. This outing will be about early spring migrants and lingering wintering residents.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal itemss as desired.

Contact: Cindy Fullwiler  cfullwiler@hotmail.com / 951 501-9257

 

BirdFest 2018

 

Dungeness Landing Shorebirds

Date & Time: Saturday, April 21; 1 – 4pm

Leader: Jackie OneTree

Meeting place: Dungeness Landing

Features: Today’s low tide is a -0.5 at 2:20. So we’ll spend the time searching the expanse of tide flats for over wintering shorebirds along with the first of our spring migrants; and just possibly, something totally off the wall.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired.

Contact: Denny Van Horn dennyvanhorn@gmail.com / 360 406-1584

 

Neah Bay Bahokus Peak Hawk Watch

Date & Time: Saturday, April 28; 8:30am

Leader: Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Meeting place: Washburn’s Market Parking Lot

Features: This 2nd outing up Bahokus Peak is totally weather dependent. If no fog, low clouds, or nasty winds we’ll head up Bahokus to spend the day watching for raptors, Sandhill cranes, and other Spring migrants. This is a stand-around, sit-down, sky watching event waiting for birds to come by as they stage to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca over to Vancouver Island. If the weather is crappy up on the peak, I think Neah Bay has a few other places to go out-and-about to bird, eh?

Bring: Scopes, binocs and personal items as desired; camp chairs are a boon.

Contact: Denny Van Horn dennyvanhorn@gmail.com / 360 406-1584