Bring water, sun protection, walking shoes, binoculars, a scope if you have it.
Activity level 2
DESCRIPTION: Our trip will start at 9:00 AM at the picnic area at the west end of the Spalding marina parking lot. Take A1 (Eagle Lake Drive) from north or south, and drive on the road into Spalding about 2 miles. At end of road turn left and go couple hundred yards to marina.
Scopes will be very useful. We will look at birds in Spalding Bay, then drive to Rocky Pt. and eventually to Stones along state hwy. 139. There are lots of water birds at each site. The main birds in the colonies are Western Grebe, Eared Grebe, Coot, Forester's Tern, blackbirds and White-faced Ibis. There are a few ducks too-- ruddies, Lesser Scaup and dabbling ducks. Various gulls are around, possibly eagles and ospreys.
We will look at birds for 2-3 hours depending on what we see, what people want to see, the birds and the weather. Afterward, trip participants are welcome to have lunch and see yard birds on Lew’s shaded deck at Stones/Eagle Lake. TRIP LEADER: DR. LEW ORING AND DR. KAY ORING Dr. Oring, Professor Emeritus, University of Reno (retired), is a distinguished ornithologist who has contributed significantly to shorebird research. He has written many publications and headed the team whose work defined international standards on the use of wild birds in research, thus providing the foundation for ethics in wild-bird research. Lew has inspired his graduate students and many other people. He now enjoys fishing and birding on Eagle Lake where he lives with his wife, Dr. Kay Oring, retired professor of family medicine, University of Nevada, Reno, who will assist in leading this trip. Join us for a trip with Dr. Oring who knows Eagle Lake like the back of his hand!