Rogue Valley Audubon Society
   


 Note: Field trips and bird walks are free* and open to the public.
           Beginners and newcomers are welcome.

 Dates and times are subject to change.
 Bring your own food and water.
 Binoculars and field guides are very useful.
 Carpooling is encouraged, and passengers should share expenses for fuel.
 Prepare and dress for the climate and the day's weather forecast.
 Wear sturdy shoes and expect some walking on most trips.


 Contact the field trip leader for more information pertaining to a specific trip.

 Field trips are subject to change.
 Before going check either this web site or call the Field Trip Chair Russ Namitz.

*Some special fund-raising field trips and birding events will have modest donation  
 requests or fees.  This will be noted in the event description.

 Dog Policy: RVAS prefers that dogs are not present on bird walks.
 This is to ensure that all participants are happy and comfortable.
 Participants who do bring their dog are requested to keep the dog in the car.
 Thank you for your cooperation on this issue.
Field Trips, Bird Walks and
Birding Events





On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS will conduct  a bird count at Agate Lake
approximately two miles east of the Hwy 62/Hwy 140 intersection.  Meet in the parking
lot on the EAST side of the lake.  Enter from Dry Creek Road and drive through the gate
which will be open through the summer and early fall. The walk will begin at 830 a.m.    

This is an ongoing citizen science project to record the numbers of the different
species observed by the walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell
Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced
birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one.

Coordinator and leader of the First Wednesday walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050,
mworr2@charter.net).  Please contact Murray if you are willing to help him with these
tasks, for example, by leading the walk when he is not available, opening and closing
the entrance gate on walk days, or helping him record bird sightings during the walk.

Additional information is here


             CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

     Saturday, December 20 -- Medford CBC

       Saturday, January 3 --  Ashland CBC

       
 For details, see the CBC page on this site
UPCOMING RVAS BIRDING EVENTS  
Next walk: December 3, 2014 - 8:30am
Rogue Valley Audubon birding events will take place rain or shine except in case of
dangerous conditions such as unsafe roads or extremely high winds.  Cancellations
or postponements will be posted on this website as early as possible.  

         LOST CREEK LAKE AND HOLY WATERS -- SUN. NOV. 9

  RVAS field trip chair Russ Namitz led a group of 18 birders to Lost Creek
   Lake and the Holy Waters section of the Rogue River, and all were rewarded
   with great looks at two Northern Pygmy-owls, a pair of female Surf Scoters,
   and several Common Loons.

   The Pygmy-owls, "tooted in" for fantastic scope views, were in the trees
   west of Holy Waters.  When not occupied with the owls, the group enjoyed
   several waterfowl species on the river including more than a dozen
   Barrow's Goldeneyes and a single male Common Goldeneye.

   The Scoters and Loons were seen from the "flats" (exposed lake bed)
   of Lost Creek Lake.  Many American Pipits were among the Passerines
   in the area.  Both scoters were feeding close enough to the shoreline to
   provide good photo opportunities for Russ, Norm Barrett, and George
   Peterson.       
 

FIRST WEDNESDAY COUNT AT AGATE LAKE
    Fall colors were in evidence as the Lost Creek Lake field trip
    group made its way back to the cars after birding the flats.   
                                                                             
 photo by George Peterson   
   
  
    Annual Dipper Walk -- Saturday, January 3, 2015

Join leader Bob Quaccia for his 15th annual Dipper Walk
which will be part of the Ashland Christmas Bird Count.
Meet at the Ashland Plaza at 9 a.m. for a slow-paced walk
along Ashland Creek in Lithia Park to count American
Dippers.  

Dipper Walk participants have the option of joining Bob
as he continues his general survey for the Ashland CBC
after the morning event.
 Full eBird species lists for the Nov. 9 field trip are here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/klamath-siskiyou/view/checklist?subID=S20495928
http://ebird.org/ebird/klamath-siskiyou/view/checklist?subID=S20496117
   Two female Surf Scoters provided good scope views
 from the flats at Lost Creek Lake.  This species is an
 uncommon but regular Fall/Winter visitor to Jackson Co.
                                                     
     photo by George Peterson         
  If it flies, we've got it covered !

 Early in the walk, Norm
 Barrett gave an impromptu
 course in late season
 dragonfly identification.

 This Shadow Darner was
 lethargic in the early morn-
 ing cool weather, allowing
 for up-close viewing (and
 photographing), but it
 eventually warmed and
 said good-bye to Norm's
 forefinger.

 Photos by Russ Namitz (left)
 and Norm Barrett   

Great scope views of two  
Northern Pygmy-owls were
the highlight of the field trip.

These photos by George Peter-
 son (left) and Norm Barrett
 (right) are of one of the two
 owls that were "tooted in"
 while the RVAS group was
 walking the road on the west
 side of Holy Waters.  

 This bird was clearly more
 interested in the calls and
 presence of the second owl    
 than in the group of birders
 watching its every move.