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.


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

Urban Birding – Marston Canyon

Event Start:
May 2, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
May 2, 2015 10:30 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide:1269: B-6

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms.  No facilities.

Otay Valley Regional Park

Event Start:
May 9, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
May 9, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide 1330: F-6

Otay Valley Regional Park extends 13 miles through the Otay Valley from west of I-5 along the Otay River to the Lower and Upper Otay Lakes.  The trail from the Rios Avenue trailhead passes through coastal sage scrub and riparian woodland.  Often seen birds are Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Mallard, Western Scrub-Jay, Song Sparrow, California Towhee, Spotted Towhee, and Bewick’s Wren. Easy walking on a well-maintained trail.  Restrooms available.

Mast Park

Event Start:
May 17, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
May 17, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1231: B-6

We will visit an area and trail that is not often visited by San Diego birders, and which proceeds west from the long-time parking area at Mast Park. The trail goes along the margin of the San Diego River, which at times seems to vanish underground, then surfaces to form open bodies of water.  Eventually, it goes along the edge of the Carlton Hills Golf Course.  Birds that we have seen here in May include our usual riparian residents, plus 3 swallows, 4 Warblers (including Orange-crowned, Yellow, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, and Common Yellowthroat), Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock’s Oriole. Easy walking on flat terrain. Restrooms at trailhead.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
May 23, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
May 23, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1268:F2   Map

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 and Allen’s Hummingbirds, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees. At this time wintering White-crowned Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers should still be common. Easy walking. Restrooms at the trailhead.

Beach Trek to the Mouth of the TJ River

Event Start:
May 30, 2015 9:00 am
Event End:
May 30, 2015 12:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide 1349: E-2

This is a walk, not done in recent memory, if ever, as a SDAS Field Trip. We will start from the southernmost end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach, and walk south along the beach to the mouth of the Tijuana River. We will look for remaining wintering shorebirds, Snowy Plovers, Least Terns; and then, glancing to the west, off-shore gulls, terns, and possibly Boobies.

 

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