2015-16 Christmas Bird Count Information

LaGrange-Waterford Christmas Bird Count: 

DATE: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Meet at Fruityard Restaurant at 6:30 Highway 132 and Geer Rd., east of Modesto 

Compiler: Harold Reeve 538-0885

Link to map

Caswell-Westley Christmas Bird Count

DATE: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Meet at Denny’s Restaurant at 6:30
Orangeburg near Briggsmore
Coordinator and Compiler: Harold Reeve 538-0885

Link to map

Los Banos Christmas Bird Count

DATE: Monday, December 28, 2015

Meet at Ryan’s Restaurant at 6:00.
955 West Pacheco, at the west end of Los Banos
Coordinator: Tim Poole
Compiler: Harold Reeve 538-0885



Would you like to make a donation in helping our Audubon chapter to purchase a two-volume set of "Birds of the Pacific Slope" by Andrew Jackson Grayson?  If so, please send a check made out to Stanislaus Audubon Society and send it to P.O. Box 4012, Modesto, CA 95352.  Please write "Grayson Book" on the memo line of the check. Upon receipt of sufficient funds to purchase the book, S.A.S. will donate this beautiful masterwork of Grayson's to the Stanislaus County Library for the public to enjoy.

 Please read Salvatore Salerno's article about Andrew Jackson Grayson - Story HERE (link fixed - JG)

UPDATED 7/9/2015 Stanislaus County Review Species List - PDF File
NEW - January 2015
Printable County Checklists with occurrence codes



Stanislaus Audubon Society has started a Facebook page for birders to share comments and photos on birds and birding. This page is not limited to county birds.  If you have gone birding elsewhere in California, out of state, or even in another country, feel free to share your photos by emailing them to stanislausaudubon@gmail.com. Then the administrator can upload the photos to the Facebook page.

Search for Stanislaus Audubon Society page.  If you cannot find this page, you can “friend” Stanislaus Audubon.  From there, you can search Stanislaus Audubon Society and click onto Like!  From that point on, you can post comments directly onto the Facebook page.

                        LOCAL BIRD MOVIE

Do you want to learn to watch birds? If so click on the movie just below this box, "Wings Over Our Two Counties". It will get you started, and all in the context of our own Stanislaus/Merced counties area. Or, just watch it for the pretty pictures, as well as Jim Gain's slide show just below it.

AUDUBON FIELD TRIPS- updated 10/31/15

November 15 (the previous announcement  stating the trip was to be on the 22nd was incorrect). The San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge near Modesto is huge and offers the most diverse habitats in the area, including mixed species transitional areas, riparian forest, oak woodlands, grassland, and seasonal wetlands. Trip leader, Ralph Baker (sharks_hockey_maniac@yahoo.com) chooses the particular habitats to visit each month based on conditions and season. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:15 a.m. We will return to Modesto mid afternoon.

December 5, Eastern Stanislaus County. This area at this time of the year is world-class for raptor watching. We will have a least a decent chance of seeing the following and will probably see a least half of them: Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shoulderd Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Kestrel, Merlin, and Prairie Falcon. And that's just the raptors. We'll see lots of other species as well. Trip leader Dave Froba, 521-7265, froba@comcast.net. Meet at the Stanislaus County parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:15 a.m. We'll return early afternoon.

January 9. Parts Unknown. We'll be going to some yet undetermined really good local area, chosen based on information gathered at the two local Christmas Birds Counts which will have just occurred. A lot will probably depend on if and where there's water. Trip leader, TBA. For information call Dave Froba, 521-7265, froba@comcast.net. Meet at the Stanislaus County parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:15 a.m. We'll return early afternoon.

STA_Birds Reports

Link to reports




Salvatore Salerno



The second printing of “The Birding Sites of Stanislaus and Merced Counties” is now available for birders. This 92-page booklet contains descriptions of more than forty locations for birding in those two counties, including directions, habitats, and the birds found there during different seasons. This collaborative effort also has photographs, illustrations, and a revised checklist showing the status and distribution of 316 bird species.

This printing includes additions of a few birds and some emendations to the text, as well as a Rare Bird Documentation Form. The booklet may be obtained from Audubon field trip leaders for a suggested donation of $10.00. Birders who would like to have the booklet mailed to them may contact Salvatore Salerno at bees2@sbcglobal.net for shipping information. Local residents may also purchase the booklets at The Great Valley Museum.

 Modesto Sewage Ponds Info
The Modesto Ponds are open to birders onthe second Saturday of every month. You must contact them at least 4 days prior to get permission to enter. The office number is (209) 409-2109 and Joel's number is (209) 652-0708."