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Potluck Picnic at Starr Ranch
photos by R.L. Kenyon
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Sea & Sage is going to have a Potluck Picnic at Audubon California’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary on Saturday, June13th. Everyone is invited and you don’t need to make any advance reservations to attend; just come and have fun!
Come at 2:30 for an afternoon bird walk before the potluck. (see bird list at bottom of page) Holly Garrod, will lead us on a bird walk in the sanctuary.. We’ll be back in plenty of time for the Potluck Picnic. If you will be bringing food that needs refrigeration while you are out birding, let me know so I can give you directions to the refrigerator in the outdoor kitchen area.
Those people who are not going on the afternoon bird walk should plan on arriving at 5:30. This will give you time to unpack your food, choose your picnic table, then sit down in the shade with a cool drink to relax and chat with friends. Dinner will be at 6:00 and we’ll be eating at the picnic tables in the shade of the eucalyptus trees adjacent to the old citrus orchard. While we eat, we can watch the deer, listen to the birds, and watch the shadows lengthen on the hillsides.
If you arrive early, please do not go off birding by yourself. Unless you are with a Starr Ranch staff member, you need to say close to the picnic area at all times because there are mountain lions at Starr Ranch.
After dinner when we’ve cleared off the tables and put away the food, Starr Ranch Manager, Pete DeSimone, will take us for a short evening walk in Bell Canyon where we can watch for bats and listen for possible owls or poorwills calling from a distant hillside.
Bring a potluck dish to share.

* Bring your own dishes, silverware & beverage
* Bring a jacket & flashlight for after dinner activities
* Wear sturdy shoes for uneven ground
* Bring your binoculars, of course! There are lots of birds at Starr Ranch!

Saddleback Overlook  

Directions to Starr Ranch:

From central Orange County, drive south on the San Diego Fwy; exit on Alicia Pkwy. and turn left. Drive inland, towards the mountains, through Mission Viejo to Santa Margarita Pkwy. & turn right. Follow Santa Margarita Pkwy. until it deadends at Plano Trabuco where you will turn right. Turn left at the Dove Canyon entrance. At the Security Gate tell them you’re going to Starr Ranch, continue on past the Dove Canyon Country Club and up the hill, to Deer Ridge where you will turn left (the road is labeled as Gray Rock). Follow this road a short distance to a road on the right marked Starr Ranch, National Audubon Sanctuary (there’s a large white mailbox there), and carefully descend the grade down into the Sanctuary. Remember the road is a two-way road. Continue past the willows, across the stream, past the ranch house & other buildings, to the citrus orchard where you will see a fence & find signs directing you where to park. The picnic tables where we will eat are close by. The restroom is in a small red wooden “house” across the road. (Please note that directions to Starr Ranch using internet driving directions are not accurate and will take you to the wrong location.) Contact me if you have any questions about the picnic or how to get there. See you at Starr Ranch!

photo by R.L. Kenyon
Contact Nancy Kenyon if you need more information on this event.
Nancy Kenyon
Bird List from a previous bird walk before the Potluck Picnic:
5 Turkey Vultures, 4 Red-shouldered Hawks, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 4 American Kestrels (incl. 3 recent fledglings near the picnic area), 11 Band-tailed Pigeons, 1 Mourning Dove, 4 Black-chinned Hummingbirds, 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 4 Allen's Hummingbirds, 16 Acorn Woodpeckers, 6 Nuttall's Woodpeckers, 6 Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 3 Black Phoebes, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 1 Warbling Vireo, 6 Western Scrub-Jays, 14 American Crows, 2 Common Ravens, 3 Tree Swallows, 1 Barn Swallow, 15 Cliff Swallows, 2 Oak Timice, 20 Bushtits, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Cactus Wrens, 1 Bewick's Wren, 6 House Wrens, 5 Wrentits, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 7 European Starlings, 4 Phainopeplas, 3 Orange-crowned Warblers, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 2 Yellow Warblers, 6 Spotted Towhees, 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows, 6 California Towhees, 2 Song Sparrows, 2 Hooded Orioles, 2 Bullock's Orioles, 1 Purple Finch (singing), 6 House Finches, and 15 Lesser Goldfinches.
Please note: Starr Ranch is not usually open to the public, so these directions are only to be used for our Potluck Picnic on June 13th.
updated 4/28/15


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