Field Trips

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San Diego Audubon Field Trips are dedicated to the goal of introducing newer birders, visiting birders, and anyone else who is interested, to the varied habitats and avian inhabitants of San Diego County. Bring binoculars, scopes, water, sunscreen, hat, and enthusiasm. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, call Peter Thomas, (858)571-5076, or e-mail to prthomas1@yahoo.com. For directions to each birding site, click on Details for each trip.  

Note: Advanced registration for all trips is requested.  Registration will open about two weeks prior to the trip.  Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you by email.



Birding at Silverwood

Silverwood is open to the public on Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm, October through July. Guided nature walks are conducted at 10 am and 1:30 pm October through June. Arrange group tours by contacting Phil Lambert, the resident manager, at (619) 443-2998.

Events

San Diego River Estuary at Robb Field

Event Start:
Sep 12, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Sep 12, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Sep 12, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1268: A-5

The San Diego River Estuary is one of the most productive and rewarding birding sites in our region. The salt marsh mudflats, sand islands, and wetlands, always changing with the fluctuating tides, provide rest spots and foraging areas for a wealth of bird species. Some summer birds may yet remain (e.g. Elegant Terns), and the winter visitors will be arriving. We will look for Osprey, herons, gulls, ducks, shorebirds, possibly even Ridgway’s Rails. Restrooms are available at the trailhead at Robb Field.

Fledgling Birders at Lake Murray

Event Start:
Sep 14, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Sep 14, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Sep 14, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1250: E-6

This field trip visits the northwest side of Lake Murray where participants will be taken to native and park associated habitats, including sage scrub, eucalyptus trees, willows, and freshwater marsh along the lake. A mixture of bird species may be found, including early wintering ducks, Great Blue Heron, Egrets, Osprey, hawks, as well as resident land birds. Easy walking.  Restrooms available.

San Elijo Lagoon – Western Portion

Event Start:
Sep 19, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Sep 19, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Sep 19, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1167: E-6

This is one of the finest coastal lagoon and marshlands in all of San Diego County.  We will venture through a mixture of habitats, including wetlands, where we may see some early wintering ducks and shorebirds, then into upland willow and sage scrub vegetation to seek regular residents, such as California Thrasher, Bewick’s and House Wrens, Towhees, and possibly Gnatcatchers.  Some hilly terrain.  No restrooms.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

Event Start:
Sep 26, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Sep 26, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Sep 26, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1268: F-2

Tecolote Canyon is one of several protected urban canyons in the San Diego area that support native plant communities and associated bird life. Birds that are here for the entire year include hawks, Anna’s Hummingbird, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees. These resident birds are quite common. Some winter visitors may be arriving, such as White-crowned Sparrows. Easy walking.  Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.

Lindo Lake

Event Start:
Oct 10, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Oct 10, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Oct 10, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1232: B-3

Lindo Lake, the only natural lake in San Diego County, is in an urban park in the town of Lakeside.  The lake has a variety of ducks, songbirds, and a heron/egret rookery.  Birds that are possible include Wood Duck, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Bluebird, Kingbirds, and Grackles.  Parrots, Tricolored Blackbirds, and Greater White-fronted Goose are also possible.

Fledgling Birders at Santee Lakes

Event Start:
Oct 12, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Oct 12, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Oct 12, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1231: A-4

Especially focused on beginning birders, this trip is an excellent opportunity to observe and learn about birds at one of the region’s best birding locations.  We hope to see Ring-necked Ducks, as well as, Osprey, Wood Ducks, and perhaps some early migrating warblers.  Watch the pond islands for egrets, heron, and possibly Bitterns.  Kingfishers are usually heard first, and then seen.  Easy, flat walking.  Restrooms available.


Mission Trails--Old Mission Dam

Event Start:
Oct 17, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Oct 17, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Oct 17, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1230: F-6

Walters, and others.

 

This walk is a perennial spring and fall favorite. We should be able to find early arriving wintering birds, including Yellow-rump Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, and early ducks, as well as the year round residents like Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Western Scrub-Jays, Rock Wrens, House Wrens, Bewick’s Wrens, Wrentits, and others.  Porta-Potties at the trailhead.


South San Diego Bay Salt Works

Event Start:
Oct 25, 2015 9:00 am
Event End:
Oct 25, 2015 12:00 pm
Cutoff Date:
Aug 1, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1330: A-4

The South Bay Salt Works has over 20 salt ponds used to extract salt from seawater by evaporation. This area is normally closed to the public, except for once-per-month guided walks led by San Diego Audubon docents during the bird non-breeding fall and winter months.  We will learn about the history of the salt works and the process of obtaining salt from nature. We also look to see birds, including Peregrine Falcon, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, as well as wintering shorebird and duck species. There is a choice of walks on flat terrain. One is 2.0 miles one-way and will retrace the route. The other is 5 miles and will walk the entire perimeter of the levees.  No restrooms. 

Directions: Take Highway 5 to Chula Vista and exit on Palomar St. Go west to the T-intersection at Bay Blvd. and turn left. Drive .3 mile and park on the right outside the gated fence.


Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Oct 25, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Oct 25, 2015 11:00 am
Cutoff Date:
Oct 25, 2015
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1268: F-2

Tecolote Canyon is one of several protected urban canyons in the San Diego area that support native plant communities and associated bird life. Birds that are here for the entire year include hawks, Anna’s Hummingbird, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees. These resident birds are quite common. Some winter visitors may be arriving, such as White-crowned Sparrows. Easy walking.  Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.
 

Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

Our office is staffed by volunteer receptionists. Please call (858) 273-7800 before planning your visit to ensure someone will be there to assist you.
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