Jayhawk Audubon Field Trips (August 2021-May 2022)
Contact Roger Boyd at rboydbird69@gmail.com or 785-424-0595 for more information.


August 14 , 2021 (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 as needed.  Good chance for Scissortail Flycatchers and a host of other flycatchers and kingbirds in the area.  Along the lake and spit out into the lake we should find several species of gulls, and early shorebirds returning from breeding in Canada. Caspian and other 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.

Sept.11, 2021 (Sat.)  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 and other fall migrants.  Over the river should still be a few swallows, perhaps gulls, terns, waders, and waterfowl.  A variety of woodpeckers will be present as well as common woodland species like titmice, chickadees, nuthatch, cardinal.   It is a little late for flycatchers and orioles but they are not out of the question.  It is also possible for towhees and early sparrow migrants to be moving in.  All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan.

Oct. 6, 2021 (Wed.)  Fitch Natural History Reservation.  8:00 am.  Park at Roth Trailhead and cross road to east to meet at Fitch (see KU Field Station map for directions).  We will walk on the established trails.  Easy walking through the woods. Early portion is gravel turning into well-worn dirt paths.  Expect typical woodland species like a variety of woodpeckers, titmice, chickadee, nuthatch, and cardinals.  Most migrants will have left for the tropics but a few warblers or vireos may be present. Migrants to watch for would be kinglets, creepers, and winter sparrows.  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 1.5-2 hours and walk up to 2 miles. All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan.

Oct. 23, 2021 (Sat.)  Baker Wetlands- East Gate. 8:00 am. Meet at east parking lot off of Haskell Ave. (E. 1500 Rd and N 1250 Rd).  Fall migration will be in full swing. Waterfowl should be on Maple Marsh and the Santa Fe Track as well as gulls, terns, & waders.  We will walk to the center crossroads of the wetlands and then determine our route from there. Along N. 1250 Rd we will focus on a variety of sparrows and wrens, primarily Song, Swamp, Lincoln, Savanah, White-Crowned, White-throated, LeConte’s, and Nelson’s Sparrows and Sedge and Marsh Wrens.   We will probably walk 2-3 miles and possibly be there 2-3 hours but you would be able to return to the parking lot at any time.  Weather (temp & wind) will be a big factor in the length of the trip but you can usually anticipate some of the trails will be wet or muddy. All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan.

Nov. 10, 2021 (Wed.)  Rice Woods and Douglas State Lake.  8:00 am.  Park at intersection of N 500 and E 1750 Rd. (2 miles N of Baldwin and ½ mi E).   We will walk on E 1750 Rd about ¼ mile south and/or E & W on N 500 rd.  Easy walking on county roads along the woods.  Expect a variety of woodpeckers (Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, Pileated and Flicker), Carolina Wren, creeper, nuthatch, kinglets, possibly Red-tailed, Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned, and Red-shouldered Hawks.  We will then travel to Douglas State Lake less than 2 miles east.  Here we should expect various waterfowl and possibly kingfishers, ospreys or eagles.  All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan.

Nov. 20, 2021 (Sat.) 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 and Nelson’s Sparrows.  All levels of interest and experience are invited.  A few extra binoculars will be available for loan.

Dec. 11, 2021 (Sat.)  Baker Wetlands- East Gate. 8:00 am. Meet at east parking lot off of Haskell Ave. (E. 1500 Rd and N 1250 Rd).  Christmas Bird Count is a week away so this is a warm-up for that event. 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.

Jan. 8, 2022 (Sat.)  Loess Bluffs NWR.  (for swans & eagles) Leave from Baker Wetlands at 8:00 am

Jan. 29, 2022 (Sat.)  Lake Perry. Leave from Baker Wetlands at 8:00 am

Field trips in February and March To Be Determined by January 1st.  


Apr. 9 , 2022 (Sat.)  Lawrence Water Treatment Plant and East Gate Baker Wetlands.  8:00 am

Apr. 20, 2022 (Wed.)  Burcham Park.  8:00 am

May 4, 2022 (Wed.)  Baker Wetlands SW Parking lot.  8:00 am

May 7&8, 2022 (Sat.)  JAS Birdathon.  Bird on own or organize your own group.

May 11, 2022 (Wed.)  Fitch Natural History Reservation.  8:00 am

May 21, 2022 (Sat.)  Lone Star Lake with Globe Prairie Area (optional).  8:00 am

May 25, 2022 (Wed. EVENING)  Chicken Creek Bridge. Meet at 8:30 PM for evening birds.