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Woodpecker Workshop with Stephen Shunk

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  •  Location TBA

Stephen Shunk

Stephen Shunk

We are excited to have author, tour leader and woodpecker expert Stephen Shunk back to do and woodpecker workshop for the Los Gatos Birdwatcher. The workshop will take place in the field where we will have a chance to experience several different species of

woodpeckers out in nature. Stephen began birding in 1989 in San Jose, and started teaching birding classes shortly after. He once led birding tours for Freddy Howell and the store. He eventually founded his own tour company, Paradise Birding and leads tours in 8 states and in 12 countries, and on 4 continents! Steve now resides in Sisters, Oregon, on the eastern slope of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird
Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpackers of North America Conservancy (now East Cascades Audubon), and also co-founded the Oregon Birding Trails program and coordinated its flagship project, the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. Stephen’s woodpecker research began in central Oregon in 1998, where 11 of the 22 North America woodpeckers breed each summer. He also authored, the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America published in May 2016. We will have this Peterson guide available for purchase at the workshop and Steve will even autograph your copy!
Fee: $45. Limited to 15 people.

Long-billed Curlew by Scott Lewis
Snow Geese ©Tony Woo

Bird Identification Workshops at the Los Gatos Birdwatcher with Lisa Myers – Open to all levels

These workshops have proven extremely popular as customers learn how to identify the birds coming to their yards and into the Bay Area. Each workshop focuses on four different bird species. We'll go over the field marks you can use to make the ID. We'll also talk about behaviors, food preferences and even vocalizations. Please bring your favorite field guide and a folding chair. Workshops take place at the Los Gatos Birdwatcher, 7:00PM – 8:00PM. Free. Call us to reserve your space: 408-358-9453


Snow Geese, Ross's Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese, Brandt Geese

Santa Clara County Park employees educate children about raptors

Raptor Fest

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
at Rancho San Vicente, Calero

Join Santa Clara County Parks and Peninsula Open Space Trust  for a family-friendly celebration of raptors and unqiue habitat for birds of prey at Rancho San Vicente, featuring live raptors, guided

bird walks, arts and crafts, and eduational activities for all ages, The Los Gatos Birdwatcher will also be there to answer questions about birdwatching and help with raptor ID. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Learn more at openspacetrust.org

Elephant walking along shoreline in Sri Lanka. Photo by David Couzens

Elephant ©David Couzens

Nature Photo Presentation:
Sri Lanka: Land of Serendipity
with David Couzens

7:00 PM – 8:00PM
at the Terraces

Come explore this multicultural, tropical island nation with photographer and musician David Couzens as he shares his three-week independent journey through this

land of serendipity. The Los Gatos Birdwatcher is proud to sponsor entertaining and educational nature photo presentations each season for our local community. You are welcome to park at The Terraces, or use our Kings Court parking lot and take the short walk next door. Free presentation. No need to pre-register.

Sand Hill Crane Festival NOV 1–3  •  Lodi, CA cranefestival.com
California Swan Festival NOV 9–11  •  Marysville, CA CA Swan Festival
Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium NOV 21–24  •  Stockton, CA CVBC Symposium
Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway JAN 22–26, 2020  •  Chico, CA snowgoosefestival.org

Let's Go Birding — Tour Division of the Los Gatos Birdwatcher
Saturday Morning Local Bird Walks FREE Field Trips & Outings
Join us most Saturday mornings for an enjoyable bird walk.
You can meet at the Los Gatos Birdwatcher at 8:00 am, or meet at
the trip location by 8:30 am. Walks end by 10:00 am. These two
hour Saturday walks are open to all who are interested in birding. If
the forecast calls for an 80–100% chance of rain in Los Gatos, the trip cancels. Unless you have a county or senior parking pass, some locations require a parking fee. A reminder to our location will also be found on the store’s phone message.

NOV 2  Rancho San Vicente Open Space. 21131 McKean Road, SJ

NOV 9  No walk. Raptor Fest at Calero County Park. (see details above)

NOV 16  No walk. Special Event — Woodpecker Workshop. (see details above)

NOV 23  Pincchetti Winery Open Space. 13100 Montebello Road, Cupertino

NOV 30  Los Capitancillos Ponds in South San Jose. Meet on Singletree Way off Camden at PG&E power station.

Upcoming Tours

Tours below require a reservation, please call the store to save your spot,

Let's Go Birding to Texas for the
Spring Migration!

Paul Tebbel releasing a Sandhill Crane ©Joel Satore / www.joelsartore.com

APRIL 25 – MAY 3, 2020  •  Waiting List only

Let’s Go Birding has partnered with High Lonesome birdtours in order to bring this spring 2020 tour to the Los Gatos Birdwatcher community. This tour includes two leaders and the trip fills with 8 participants! The upper Texas coast provides an unrivaled birding spectacle in the spring as millions of migrants stream north on their way to their breeding grounds. We’ll find southern species already setting up territories and the inland forests will be filled with song. The coast can be alive with exhausted passerines arriving after crossing the gulf, and it is not uncommon to record more than 30 different species of just the shorebirds. Famous migrant traps like High Island, Sabine Woods, and LaFitte’s Cove concentrate vireos, thrushes, tanagers, grosbeaks, and of course the jewels of Neotropical migrants, the warblers. This trip coincides with the peak of spring migration and will take advantage of the best time of year to witness this miracle of nature. We will also look for the endangered The Golden-cheeked Warbler whose population nests entirely in the juniper-oak woodlands of central Texas.

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