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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.
This walk along the west rim of the Lagunas will be approximately 3.5 miles round trip on well developed trails with easy to moderate elevation changes. We will go through mixed forest habitat, as well as, meadow grasslands, with the goal being the “Water-of-the-Woods pond area. In addition to the typical montane species, we will look for Olive-sided, Ash-throated, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s Orioles, Purple Finches, and Lawrence’s Goldfinches. Exceptionally, the Clark’s Nutcrackers might still remain. Bring water, and be prepared for temperature changes. Porta-potties at the trailhead only.
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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 remaining winter ducks and shorebirds that have decided to stay the summer, then into upland willow and sage scrub vegetation to seek residents, such as California Thrasher, Bewick’s and House Wrens, Towhees, and possibly Gnatcatchers. Some hilly terrain. No restrooms.
Thomas Guide: NAThis walk will be the second of this year along Agua Dulce Creek in the Lagunas . We will visit forest, meadow, and riparian habitats just off the Sunrise Highway at approximately 6,000 feet elevation. A major target to be sought will be Olive-sided Flycatchers, sitting atop the tallest available snag, singing “Quick, Three Beers”. Other possible birds include Mountain Quail (most often heard “Quirk” or “T’wook”), Band-tailed Pigeons, Western Bluebirds, Brown Creepers, Mountain Chickadees, and Pygmy Nuthatches. Please dress for possible changes in the weather, and bring water.
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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. At this time most resident birds should be out and singing. Springtime birds, such as Grosbeaks and Orioles may also be found. Easy walking. Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.
Summer in the Desert?? Why would anyone do that? Because there are birds that venture up from the Gulf of California to the Salton Sea in Summer that you may not see anywhere else - Wood Storks, Yellow-footed Gulls, Lucy’s Warblers, and others. And did I mention explosive Mudpots? (We were going to try for these last year, but recent rains there made the area inaccessible then. It is on our list again for this year. We will monitor the conditions.)