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MDAS Field Trip — Birding by Bike at Clifton Court Forebay
September 24, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 1:30 pmFree
Birding by Bike at Clifton Court Forebay
Saturday September 24, 2022, 7:30am-1:30pm
Have a bicycle, e-bike or scooter, and like to bird? Join MDAS at Clifton Court Reservoir in eastern
Contra Costa County, where we will do an out-and-back biking/birding trip of approximately 10 miles on
a flat, paved levee road to see a myriad of bird species. Those who are equipped for it can also navigate
a series of well-maintained gravel levee roads to avoid taking the same route back.
Clifton Court Forebay is an enormous reservoir that collects Delta water and sends it south through the
Delta-Mendota canal. The reservoir itself can hold staggering numbers of waterfowl and gulls, and
the surrounding habitat of slough, marshland, grassland, scrub and riparian woods is very productive. It is
not uncommon to record 60-80 species of birds in a single outing, and the place is a magnet for rarities,
especially in fall. There are also excellent chances to see river otters, coyotes, resident sea lions and
even a beaver if we’re lucky.
Trip is approximately 5 hours, although participants can turn back at any time. There is plenty of free
parking at the Forebay, but no restroom facilities or potable water. Participant must be able to transport their own
bike/scooter to the site. It can be windy out there, but is pleasant most of the time. We will monitor
the forecast, gale-force winds will cancel. Bring layers, sunscreen, water and a snack or lunch for when we get back to the cars.
Elevation change: N/A
Leader: Jerry Britten
Meet: Parking lot at the end of Clifton Court Road
GPS: 37.8378308046695, -121.59322207166935
Directions: From highway J4 approximately 2 miles southeast of Byron, turn left on Clifton Court road and drive out to the end.
This trip is limited to 15 participants. Register for this event HERE:
(Photo by Jerry Britten)