JAS Field Trips 2021 -- Socially Distanced Outdoor Events
Led by Roger Boyd. For more information about any of these trips, Email Roger or phone 785-424-0595.
June 12, 2021 (Sat.) Mutt Run Dog Park 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). 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, and Indigo Buntings. We will walk the roads and then head south below dam and stop at the model airplane field and the marsh to the east. There we should find Marsh Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, and a variety of other local birds. Plan to wrap up the field trip by 10:00 or 10:30 am.
July 10, 2021 (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 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.
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.