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

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Mar 22, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Mar 22, 2014 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 Hummingbird, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees. At this time wintering White-crowned Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers may still be here. Easy walking. Restrooms at the trailhead.

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

Event Start:
Mar 29, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Mar 29, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1170: G-3

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is situated on the western slope of Mount Woodson and just north of Lake Poway. A stream and associated willow and oak woodland are bordered by mixed chaparral and coastal sage scrub on rugged slopes. Birds to be expected include California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees, Bushtit, Wrentit, Bewick’s and House Wrens. Along the way Black-chinned Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting can also be found. Easy hiking on a dirt road. Restrooms available.

Otay Valley Regional Park

Event Start:
Apr 5, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 5, 2014 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.

East Entrance to Santa Ysabel Preserve

Event Start:
Apr 13, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 13, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1136: A-1

Santa Ysabel Preserve is one of the best secret places in San Diego County. The 3,800-acre preserve offers more than 11 miles of trails through oak woodlands, riparian, chaparral, and grassland habitats. Birds seen last year included Wild Turkey, California Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Wood-Pewee, Mountain Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, and Lazuli Buntings. Afterward, join us for lunch at our cabin outside of Julian. Bring whatever lunch you wish. We will provide beverages, chips, fruit, cookies, and full bird feeders. Maps provided at the onset. No restrooms at the trailhead.

Fledgling Birders at The Old Mission Dam

Event Start:
Apr 14, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 14, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1230: G-7

Old Mission Dam is a favorite destination among birders all year round. A nice variety of resident birds are present, such as California Thrasher, Western Meadowlark, Wrentit, Bewick’s Wren, and Nuttall’s Woodpecker. This bird walk will cover varied terrain and focus on riparian woodland around the historic dam and the nearby grassland. Spring migrants and summer visitors will also be sought, such as Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Western Kingbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Blue Grosbeak. Porta-potty at the trailhead.

Agua Dulce Creek

Event Start:
Apr 19, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 19, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: Not available GPS: 32 degrees 50’ 54.78” N 116 degrees 25’ 50.13” W

This walk will be at a higher elevation than last weeks Santa Ysabel trek. We will visit forest, meadow, and riparian habitat just off the Sunrise Highway in the Lagunas, at approximately 6,000 feet. Possible birds include Mountain Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Bluebirds, Brown Creeper, Mountain Chickadees, and Pygmy Nuthatches. Please dress for possible changes in the weather.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Apr 26, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 26, 2014 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 Hummingbird, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees. Some fall migrants may be present. We will see Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, and others. You can never tell what we may see at this special place. Easy walking. Restrooms at the trailhead.

Kitchen Creek

Event Start:
May 3, 2014 7:00 am
Event End:
May 3, 2014 10:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Brothers Map 430: B-7

Kitchen Creek Road reaches into the lower Laguna Mountains traversing steep slopes clad in chaparral. A narrow strip of trees is present along the namesake creek. We will start at the Cameron Ranger Station, just off Highway 8, hike a short section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and then proceed up the canyon to Cibbet’s Flat Campground. Hoped for birds include California Thrasher, Western Scrub-Jay, Sage and Black-chinned Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings, Scott’s Oriole, and, best of all, Gray Vireos. Bring water for sure. Restrooms are at the Cibbet’s Flat Campground.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Event Start:
May 10, 2014 9:00 am
Event End:
May 11, 2014 3:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Brothers Guide: Not Available at this time

Big Morongo Canyon is a desert oasis, one of the 10 largest cottonwood riparian habitats in California. Fed by water draining from the surrounding mountains, the Morongo Creek and Marsh attract birds from all the surrounding more arid lands. Target birds of interest include: Gambel’s Quail, Virginia Rail, Rufous Hummingbird, Ladderback and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Verdin, California Thrasher, and Black-throated Sparrow. This is planned as a 2-day trip with an overnight in the Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs area, a group dinner, and an early Sunday start to bird and hike the trails of this beautiful Preserve. Participation will be capped at 20 persons to insure the best experience for all. Call Peter Thomas to sign up.

Mast Park in Santee

Event Start:
May 18, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
May 18, 2014 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 goes 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 24, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
May 24, 2014 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 Hummingbird, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees. At this time most resident birds should be out and singing. Springtime migratory birds may also be found. Easy walking. Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.

Crest Canyon and San Dieguito Wetlands

Event Start:
May 31, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
May 31, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1187: G-4

Crest Canyon Park is one of several dedicated hiking areas within the expansive San Dieguito River Park. It is situated just southeast of the Del Mar racetrack. The trail is an easy 2-mile loop, amidst coastal sage scrub and grassy patches with interspersed Torrey Pines. As a suburban margin area, surprises are rather usual. No bathroom facilities.

 

Contact Info

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

Office Hours

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Monday-Friday
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