Jayhawk Audubon Field Trips
Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

 

Jan. 22, 2022 (Sat.) Lake Perry.  Meet at 8 a.m. from the I-70 Business Park (formerly the outlet mall), at 1035 N. 3rd Street, Lawrence. Or meet us at 8:30 at Lake Perry if that is more convenient. We will start at the ranger station located at 10419 Perry Park Drive, Perry, KS.  This is located on the east end of the dam and on the road towards the marina. We will go to look out by ranger station, then across dam to Rock Creek Boat Ramp and possibly on to Rock Creek Marina.  Should be a diversity of geese, ducks, gulls, possibly grebes and loons.  In the brushy and grassy areas we will expect a variety of sparrows and other song birds and woodpeckers.  We will plan to conclude the field trip by 11:00 am.  Plan to coordinate your own transportation.  Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

 

February 2, 2022 (Wed.) Baker Wetlands- East Gate. 8:00 am. Meet at east parking lot off of Haskell Ave. (E. 1500 Rd and N 1250 Rd).  We will focus on waterfowl that should be on Maple Marsh and the Santa Fe Track.  If the weather is decent we will walk to the center crossroads of the wetlands and back.  Along N. 1250 Rd we will focus on a variety of sparrows and wrens, similar to the Oct. field trip.   Distance we walk will largely depend on weather and bird activity.  For those interested, we will conclude the field trip by driving east along N 1250 Rd past O’Connell road primarily looking for Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs.  All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

Feb. 5, 2022 Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park. Meet in the parking lot at 9 a.m. We will walk several of the trails and return to the parking lot by 10 a.m. with the option to join a prairie seeding activity. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

 

February 26, 2022 (Sat.) Kansas River, Bismark Lake & Midland Gull Fields.  Meet on north side of Kansas River on Elm St. just north of Bowersock Power plant at 8:30 am.  Limited parking along Elm St.  We will check out possible gulls and waterfowl from the levee.  From there we will proceed to Bismark Lake located on the west side of E 1600 Rd, about ¼ mile north of N 1700 Rd.  Main focus here will be numerous waterfowl that are often present. From here we will head back west on 40 and N. on 59 to Midland intersection and then head south and west in Kansas River bottom.  Hundreds of gulls often hang out here from the Hamm land fill to the north.   I will have a telescope on hand and several extra binoculars to borrow.  Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

March 12, 2022 (Sat.) Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (Formally known as Squaw Creek NWR)  We will meet at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center Parking lot at 8:00 am. Due to continuing covid threat, please organize your own transportation.  If you can possibly car pool, please do so. A large caravan of cars could diminish our success.  Distance is about 115 miles one way and will take less than 2 hours.  Our main targets this trip will be half a million (could be a million, but who’s counting?) Snow Geese.  We should see up to five species of geese.  Numerous species of ducks and grebes should also be present.  Sometimes Trumpeter and Whistling Swans can be seen.  On arrival we will be viewing the throng of birds from the main lookout then driving the 10 mile loop drive around the main water body.  I will have a telescope for the group.  In some places other species will be seen such as several species of blackbirds, sparrows and possibly wrens could be present.  Woodland species are also possible at several stops.  Should be able to depart for return trip by noon.  Option of bringing sack lunch and make a second loop around the area on your own.  Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

 

March 16, 2022 (Wed.) Clinton Lake Dam and Model Airplane Field.  Meet on dam at pullout by outlet tower at 8:00 am.  Telescope available.  Focus will be on the identification of numerous waterfowl (geese, ducks, grebes, & loons) and gulls potentially available.  Once we have seen what we can we will travel to the south end of dam and scope that area of the lake.  Depending on amounts of ice and wind the species diversity and abundance can vary greatly from one day to the next. From there we will go below the dam to the model airplane field and those wetlands.  We will look primarily for a variety of sparrows and wrens.  This is often a good time and location for LeConte’s, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows.  All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

 

Apr. 16, 2022 (Sat.)  Lawrence Water Treatment Plant and East of Baker Wetlands.  We will meet at the water treatment plant at intersection of N 1175 Rd and E 1600 Rd at 8:00 am.  Depending on vegetation and water levels, fields north of this intersection potential for shorebirds as well as farm pond to SW.  From there we will travel back west on N 1175 Rd looking for wet swales to the north where shorebirds and waders might be found.  If time permits we will then travel west to County Rd 1055 and back north to N 1250 Rd and check out the Baker Wetlands pools to the east.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

 

Apr. 20, 2022 (Wed.)  Burcham Park (East of hospital, 2nd and Indiana).  Meet at 8:00 am in main parking lot near river.  We will walk the road and trails in the park and to the north.  Should be a variety of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers and other spring migrants.  This area is also good for a variety of resident birds as well.  It is a little early for the bulk of the warblers but easier to view those that are present as most leaves won’t be out yet.  Bring layers in case there is a chilly breeze. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

 

Apr. 30, 2022 (Sat.)  Baker Wetlands (Joint trip with Lawrence Public Library).  Meet at 8:00 am at west parking lot at the Discovery Center (1365 N. 1250 Rd).  Spring migration is ramping up so many species of birds will likely be present.  Waterfowl, waders, rails, as well as migrant songbirds should be in abundance.  We will walk the center trail along the old N. 1250 Rd alignment to the Naismith Canal, cross on the bridge and continue east.  Our intent is to walk the Green Loop which is 2.5 miles.  This is the height of migration for the next 10 days.  Weather will be a major factor in what we look for and where we go.  We will probably be there 2-3 hours but you would be able to return to the parking lot at any time.  You can usually anticipate some of the trails will be wet or muddy. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information. 

 

May 4, 2022 (Wed.)  Lone Star Lake with Globe Prairie Area (optional).  8:00 am.  Meet at east end of Lone Star Lake dam. We will plan to drive the perimeter road with periodic stops with possible short walks at some of the stops.  Some waterfowl to be expected. There is an active Bald Eagle nest at the lake.  Most bird activity will be in the woods around the lake with woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, some late warblers, buntings and tanagers.  About 9:30 we will depart for the Globe area to the south and west.  Here we hope to find Upland Sandpiper, Scissortail Flycatcher, Dickcissel, meadowlarks, perhaps Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrows.  This is the best expanse of prairie that remains in Douglas County.  Plan to wrap up the field trip by 10:30 or 11:00 am. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

 

May 14, 2022 (Sat.)  Fitch Natural History Reservation.  8:00 am.  Park at Roth Trailhead and cross road to east to meet at Fitch.  (See KU Field Station for directions).  We will walk on the established trails.  Easy walking along the woods. Early portion is gravel turning to well worn dirt paths.  Expect thrushes, vireos, warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, all the migrants and residents from the tropics.  It could be wild, depending on movement of fronts and current weather. Chiggers shouldn’t be an issue but plan to use spray on clothing for ticks.  We will plan to frequently rotate positions on the trail so that everyone has a chance to be at the front.  We will probably be on the trails for several hours and walk up to 2 miles. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

May 25, 2022 (Wed. EVENING)  Chicken Creek Bridge (approx. 770 E. 850 Rd – south of Clinton Dam)  Meet at 8:30 PM for evening birds.  We will probably hear and possibly see a number of birds singing before sunset, but our real targets will be Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will’s Widow.  Barred and possibly Great Horned Owls may also be calling for us. Occasionally Common Nighthawks will also be heard and seen over the fields to the east. Anticipate that very little walking (or talking) will be involved.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

 

June 11, 2022 (Sat.)  Mutt Run Dog Park (Clinton dam area). Address is 1330 E 902 Rd.  Let us meet on turn off north to Sesquicentennial Park just west of the Dog Park @ 7:30 am (early start).  You should look for people without dogs and with binoculars!  Our main target will be Painted Bunting.  Many other birds are in the area as well.  Dickcissel, Field Sparrow, several orioles, woodpeckers and Indigo Buntings.  We will walk the roads and then head drive up to the Sesquicentennial Park.  There we should find Blue and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Summer Tanagers and a variety of other local birds. Plan to wrap up the field trip by 10:00 or 10:30 am. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

July 9, 2022 (Sat.)  Baker Wetlands – meet at the Southwest Parking lot which is down by the river, south of the Discovery Center, just east of E 1400 Rd.  We will start at 7:30 am to get ahead of the heat. We will walk the River Trail to the center road.  If it is good birding we will walk north to center road and back west.  Indigo Buntings and Common Yellowthroats should be common as well as Dickcissels.  We will also be looking for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Pileated Woodpeckers, Willow Flycatcher and Eastern Wood Pewee.  Both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles should be around as well as Blue Grosbeak and Bell’s Vireo.  If we go north to Grebe Pond we will look for Common Gallinule, King Rail, and Pied-billed Grebe, and Least Bittern. Plan to wrap up the field trip by 9:30 to 10:00 am. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.

August 6, 2022 (Sat.)  Clinton Lake – East Bloomington – meet at the parking lot east of the Wakarusa Museum, not the swim beach.  We will start at 7:30 am to beat the heat. We will take an easy walk around the parking lot and edge of lake primarily for swallows.  Also a good chance for Scissortail Flycatchers and a host of other flycatchers and kingbirds in the area.  Along the beach we should find several species of gulls, and early shorebirds returning from breeding in Canada. Forster’s, Black and Caspian terns are often here.  Buntings, grosbeaks, orioles, even warblers and tanagers are possible as fall migration is underway.  Plan to wrap up the field trip by 9:00 or 9:30 am. A few extra binoculars will be available for loan. Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.