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Long-billed Curlew by Scott Lewis
Long-billed Curlew ©Scott Lewis

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. Workshops take place at the Los Gatos Birdwatcher, 7:00PM – 8:00PM. Free
Call us to reserve your space: 408-358-9453

These one hour workshops will focus 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. We ask that you bring your own folding

chair and field guide with you for class. Call the store to save your spot: 408-358-9453.


Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit


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

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

Paul Tebbel releasing a Sandhill Crane ©Joel Satore /


Sandhill Crane Sunset Tour with the
International Crane Foundation

11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
California's Central Valley near Stockton

Everyone knows that the Sandhill Crane is Lisa’s favorite North American bird species. Did you know that one of her favorite non-profits is the International Crane Foundation? In fact, every time Lisa leads a crane tour, part of the proceeds are sent to the International Crane Foundation. This organization works diligently to protect the 15 species of cranes found throughout the world.

In appreciation of our support throughout the years they have put us in contact with biologist Paul Tebbel. We are so excited to partner with Paul as we visit the Sandhill Cranes just arriving to California’s Central Valley for the winter.

This tour is $90 and includes transportation. Part of the proceeds from this trip will go directly to the International Crane Foundation. Trip has filled. Currently taking a wait list.


Woodpecker Workshop with Stephen Shunk

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  •  Location TBA

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
Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpackers of North America eastern slope of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird 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.

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.

OCT 5  No walk. Join Lisa's fundraising team for SFBBO  Sign up here

OCT 12  Charleston Slough. Meet at the bathrooms off Terminal Way in Mtn. View

OCT 19  Martial Cottle Park 5283 Snell Ave., SJ. Opens at 8:00 AM. Meet at Visitor Center

OCT 26  No walk. Let's Go Birding tour to see cranes. (see details above)

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

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.

Los Gatos Birdwatcher, 792 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-358-9453, info@losgatosbirdwatcher.com info@losgatosbirdwatcher.com
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