Day 1. | Tuesday Morning July 25, starts with a 7:30 AM hotel pick up near the Oakland, California airport. If you live in northern California we can prearrange a different location. We begin our field trip on Mines Road in far eastern Alameda County. Some birds are just easier to see on Mines Road than anywhere else in Alameda County, including Bald and Golden Eagles, Phainopepla, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Wrentit, Yellow-Billed Magpie, Violet-Green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and maybe even a Lewis’s Woodpecker or scarce Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird and California Thrasher. The winding road climbs into the mountains for some 45 miles. We’ll stop for our lunch break then continue into Del Puerto Canyon for Canyon Wren, Lazuli Bunting, Western and Cassin’s Kingbird, Roadrunner and possible Bell’s Sparrow. We spend the night in Sonora, Cal.
Day 2 | We will bird a few local birding hot spots before entering Yosemite National Park to bird the valley before we leave for the Yosemite High County. You will spend the day in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains crossing the Sierra’s over Tioga Pass – 9945 Ft.elvation. Birds we’ll seek will be the American Dipper, Black Swift, Ash-throated, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, and Hammond’s Flycatcher and Western Wood-Pewee, Raven, Orange-crowned Warbler (Pacific Slope subspecies), Black-throated Gray Warbler,Townsend, Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers, Purple and Cassin’s Finch.
Day 3 | We will find ourselves on the eastern ridge of the Sierra Nevada where we will bird the Mono Lake Basin, which includes a rare Sierra Yellow Pine forest. We will search for Pinyon Jay, Common Nighthawk, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Gray Flycatcher, Sooty Grouse, Mountain Chickadee, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole and California Gull.
Day 4 | Remaining on the eastern side of the side of the Sierra Nevada, we begin our day by visiting and birding Bodie Historical Town, a California state park, seeking Sage Grouse, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Green-tail Towhee plus Brewer’s, Vesper, Savanna’s, Sage, and Fox Sparrows, Red Crossbill and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. In the afternoon we’ll hike into the Inyo National Forest in an attempt to observe a Northern Goshawk.
Day 5 | We begin our return over the Sierra Nevada with stops in several high mountain valleys, and wetland marshes, along Highway 395 and up over the Sonora Pass which includes high elevation Aspen Forest. We’ll be searching for Williamson’s Sapsucker, Townsend’s Solitary, Clark’s Nutcracker, Pine Grosbeak and Golden Eagle. We end our Sierra Nevada field trip in Oakland in the evening. You can plan a late night flight out or stay the evening in Oakland. This hotel room is not included in the field trip.
Day 6 | Option (not offered in 2017) is Birding the San Francisco Bay area hot spots and Half Moon Bay Pacific coastal scrub habitats. Once again you will need to schedule your flight out for late Saturday night or Sunday. The hotel is not included in this segment of the field trip (day6).
Included in Friday through Tuesday is your lodging, transportation, fuel, park fees and guiding fees. Included is your Oakland Airport (area) pick-up and transportation to the meeting location. Not included is your Thursday and Tuesday night lodging after the trip. No meals or drinks are included. Breakfast and dinners will be sit down meals. Luggage space is limited. Bring your own scope if you wish. A cooler will be available for drinks and lunches.
3 birders are needed to go. Max 4 birders: Pricing is | $975.00 each for a group of 3 to 4. Contact me for the rate if the group is 1-2 persons. There is a $150.00 single supplement. The daily sequence of the itinerary may change but the locations will remain the same. Additional optional days (not offered in 2017) which start at 7:30AM and end at 5 PM is a flat $300.00 per day for transportation, fuel and guiding. Ask us about a private small group field trip tailored for your group. Not included are lodging and meals. Contact Rich Cimino for registration form. 925-353-0266