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Field Trips: November-December, 2017

Denny AFMJ Van Horn

“What is it Lassie, what is it girl? Billy what? Billy fell down the well? No? What is it then . . . ohhh he’s out on a CBC? Ok, Good girl!” And yes Virginia, there are CBCs galore coming your way; along with a few other outings as late fall closes and winter comes a tap-tap-tapping at our door – Neah Bay, Sequim Bay, Dungeness Bay, and several excursions up into the woods. This is an exciting time of year – the resident birds are settling in and a few vagrants might just show themselves. So, come on out and join us. 

 

Neah Bay / an OPAS & WOS outing

Date & Time: Saturday, November 11, 8am

Leader: Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Meeting place: Washburn’s Mercantile & Grocery parking lot

Features: This is our annual joint field trip with Washington Ornithological Society [WOS]. And this is the time of year for everything and anything to show up in NB  – a place noted for it’s fall vagrants and rarities; as well as it’s incredible array of local water and land birds. We’ll cover habitat from east to west; north to south. Exactly where – that’s weather dependent and what the birds are doing? Rain dampens – sunshine promotes! Potentially: Backtrack road, Nancy’s place, the waterfront, Boom road, the jetty, Wa’atch river valley, the STP, Hobuck, Tsoo-Yess, the hatchery, Ba’ada loop, and just maybe up Bahokus peak with a look into the Strait. But, we will not trek out to Cape Flattery.

Costs: Field trip is a no-charge; however a Makah Nation Recreational Permit ($10) is required for each vehicle while in the Neah Bay area. One can be purchased at Washburn’s Market or any commercial outlet in the village.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal accoutrements as desired. Remember, this is Rain Time in Neah Bay, so be prepared!

Further Information – contact: Denny Van Horn <dennyvanhorn@gmail.com> / 360 406-1584

 

Pitship Pocket to Port Williams

Date & Time: Saturday, November 18, 9am

Leader: The Grasshopper [aka Gary Bullock]

Meeting place: South parking lot at John Wayne Marina

Features: Late Fall residents, wanderers, and just maybe “ohhhh my, look at that!” good birds. 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. Also, there’s the land birds hanging out along Schmuck road – always a gift-giver of good birds in late Fall.

Bring: Scopes, binocs and personal accoutrements as desired.

Further Information Contact: Gary Bullock <gbullockak@hotmail.com> / 360 797-4556

 

Carrie Blake Park

Date & Time: Sunday, November 19; 8-10

Leader: Cindy Fullwiler

Meeting place: SE parking lot near dog run

Features: A walk around and through Carrie Blake Park. This outing will be about early winter residents from chickadees to woodpeckers.

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

Further Information Contact: Cindy Fullwiler <cfullwiler@hotmail.com> / 951 501-9257

 

Shorebirds [and other feathered dinosaurs]

Date & Time: Friday, Dec 1, 2pm

Leader: A Really Good Birder!

Meeting place: Dungeness Landing at 2pm

Features: This is an early afternoon look-see over Dungeness Landing on an outgoing tide. There should be a vast tide-flat from E to W and with luck, a plethora of shorebirds to grace scopes and binocs. Also, our wintering waterfowl population should be plentiful along with alcids, loons, grebes, and gulls.

Bring: Scopes, binocs and personal accoutrements as desired.

Further information contact: Denny AFMJ Van Horn <dennyvanhorn@gmail.com> / 360 406-1584

 

CBC Warm-Up Sequim-Dungeness

Date: Dec 9

Guru: Bob Boekelheide

Meeting place: 9am at RR Bridge Park & Noon at Dungeness Landing

Features: This is an Out-and-About scouting for the upcoming SD-CBC [Dec 18]. We’ll begin at the River Center at RR Bridge Park and then explore the shores along Dungeness Landing making sure all feathers are aligned, feeders are prepped, and binoculars are polished. So come join us!

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

Further Information Contact: Bob Boekelheide <bboek@olympus.net> / 360 808-0196

 

CBC Port Townsend

Date & Time: Saturday, Dec 16

Leader: Dan Waggoner

Meeting place: Your meeting places are your areas of counting.

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

Further Information Contact: Dan Waggoner <danwags57@gmail.com>

 

CBC Neah Bay

Date & Time: Sunday, Dec 17

Leader: Charlie Wright

Meeting place: Contact Charlie for your specific place and location in and on this CBC.

Features: This is the CBC of CBCs. The one that is the furthest west in WA and an adventure unto it’s own. A lot of traveling between the Port Townsend and SD-CBCs; but well worth the time and effort.

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

Further Information Contact: Charlie Wright <cwright7@uw.edu>

 or <cwright770@gmail.com

 

CBC Sequim-Dungeness

Date & Time: Monday, Dec 18

Leader: Bob Boekelheide

Meeting place: Your meeting place is your specific count area of the CBC.

Features: Find birds, count birds, tally birds throughout the day, and then come to the River Center at dusk and share the post-count jubilation as well as good food and good company as tales are told, species accounts are tallied, and laughter abounds.

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

Further Information Contact: Bob Boekelheide <bboek@olympus.net> / 360 808-0196

 

Wondering? An early morning jaunt up Woods and down Palo Alto roads

Date & Time: Friday, December 22, 9:30am

Leader: Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Meeting place: The Longhouse in Blyn – S parking area

Features: What’s up there this time of year? This will be a curious outing. We’ll go from low-land valleys up into the woods stopping, looking and listening.

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

Further information contact: Denny AFMJ Van Horn <dennyvanhorn@gmail.com> / 360 406-1584

 

CBC Port Angeles

Date & Time: Saturday, Dec 30

Leader: Barbara Blackie

Meeting place: Your meeting places are your areas of counting.

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

Further Information Contact: Barb Blackie <blackieb@olypen.com> / phone

 

Field trips are also posted in the Events Calendar.

For more information about OPAS Field Trips, please email the Field Trip Coordinator, Denny Van Horn, at dennyvanhorn@gmail.com  or call (360) 406-1584

Visit the Dungeness River Audubon Center web site or call the Center at 360-681-4076 to find out more about River Center trips.