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OPAS Field Trips: May / June, 2018

Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Spring! Warbling vireos. Yellow warblers. Cliff swallows. Savannah sparrows. And Bullock’s oriole, Western tanager, and . . . .  They’re out there coming our way. A Snowy plover was seen in Neah Bay. A Western kingbird over on Schmuck road. Mountain bluebirds in Dungeness. And that always early arriving PacSlope flycatcher is in the woods. And to celebrate, we’ve a few outings for you to go chasing birds with us. So, hope to see you out there!

 

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

Date & Time: May 17, 9am

Leaders: Gary Bullock & Bob Iddins

Meeting place: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR Visitor Center

Cost: No charge

Features: This is a walk through the refuge’s diverse habitats for all kinds of birds. Spring migration is well underway, so the possibilities are immense. It’s possible on a good day to tally 70 or more species.  Also: If interested, connect with Gary as he could possibly help with arranging carpooling with you and others who are wanting to join this outing. Drive time to Nisqually is about 2.5 hours over 115 miles.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired

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

 

Wild Currant Way

Date & Time: May 19, 8:30am

Leader: Judy Mullally

Meeting place: Wild Currant Way is a short road off Old Olympic Highway near Lazy J tree farm/compost site where the road changes direction from mostly north to easterly. Old Olympic highway should be open all the way through by this date.

Cost: No charge

Features: This is an easy walk among typical forested lands and is definitely a ‘birding-by-ear’ outing. Also, if you want, you may bring along your ‘well-behaved’ dog for the outing. I’m sure that Rambo will be along with Judy.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired

Further Information Contact: Judy Mullally judyemull@yahoo.com / 360 452-5797

 

Diamond Point and Environs

Date & Time: May 27, 8am

Leader: John Gatchet

Meeting place: Boat ramp parking area at Gardiner Beach

Features: This is John’s Local Patch and anything’s possible. Open water towards Protection Island might yield Tufted puffins; the woods will harbor flycatchers and vireos; open fields and meadows just might have bluebirds on territories; and, John’s backyard feeders always yield up many passerines.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired

Further Information Contact: John Gatchet jfgatchet@gmail.com / 503 781-5043

 

Dungeness Recreation Area

Date & Time: June 12, 8:30am

Leader: Ken Wiersema

Meeting place: Voice of American road – first parking area to left after passing through gates

Cost: No charge

Features: This is a walk-about for local land birds that are setting up to nest in this unique ecosystem. Sparrows, chickadees, and towhees have already started to nest, but warblers, vireos, and flycatchers are just arriving and beginning to establish nesting territories for that purpose. This will be a listening, looking, and searching outing for these new arrivals.

Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired

Further Information Contact: Ken Wiersema wiersema@olympus.net / phone 360 460-5515