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

South Bay Salt Works

Event Start:
Feb 22, 2015 12:00 pm
Event End:
Feb 22, 2015 4:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide 1330: A-4  Please note the noon start time.   SIGNIFICANT RAIN AND THE RESULTING CONDITION OF THE LEVEES, MAY REQUIRE CANCELLATION OF THE WALK.

The South Bay Salt Works is a collection of salt ponds used to extract salt from seawater by evaporation. This area is normally closed to the public, except for a few SDAS led walks 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 about 2.5 – 3.0 miles, retracing its route. The other is 5 miles and will follow the perimeter of the levees. We will bird on a receding tide. No restrooms.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Feb 28, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Feb 28, 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.

South San Diego Bay Salt Works

Event Start:
Mar 14, 2015 7:00 am
Event End:
Mar 14, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide 1330: A-4

NOTE THE START TIME.  START TIMES ARE DETERMINED BY THE TIDES AND WHEN WE ARE LIKELY TO BEST BE ABLE TO SEE SHOREBIRDS UP CLOSE.

South Bay Salt Works – NOTE: This trip in March is iffy.  It has been cancelled on occasion in recent years because of the beginning of breeding behavior observed in the birds.  Watch the website for the latest advisory.The South Bay Salt Works is a collection of salt ponds used to extract salt from seawater by evaporation.  This area is normally closed to the public, except for a few SDAS led walks 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 about 2.5 miles, retracing its route.  The other is 5 miles and will follow the perimeter of the levees.  No restrooms.


Birds around Coronado Island and the Silver Strand

Event Start:
Mar 21, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Mar 21, 2015 11:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1308 J-1

Coronado Community Park with its shoreline and a view of Glorietta and San Diego Bays. We will venture then to the rocky outcroppings in front of the Hotel Del to look for Black Turnstones, Surf Scoters, and Surfbirds. Then, we proceed on down the Silver Strand to scan for other yet remaining wintering shore and migrating birds (Black Scoter?). For those who are interested, we may then migrate in human style to a local brewery to boast of our sightings.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Mar 28, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Mar 28, 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 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:
Apr 4, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 4, 2015 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 may also be found.  Easy hiking on a dirt road.  Restrooms available at the trailhead.

Stonewall Mine and Lake Cuyamaca

Event Start:
Apr 11, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 11, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: 1176: F-6

Lake Cuyamaca and the Stonewall Mine area give us a chance to sample mountain and spring migrating species. We will start at the old mine shaft, and then venture out on trails through oak and pine woodlands.  Possible species include Wild Turkey, Raptors, Oak Titmouse, Mountain Chickadee and Nuthatches.  Migrating warblers could include Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Hermit, and Wilson’s. Views of Lake Cuyamaca should provide Wood Ducks and Mallards. Purple Martins were reported from this area in April last year.  Restrooms at the trailhead.  NOTE: A California State Parks pass, or a day pass, is required to be able to park.  Details follow.

Fledgling Birders at The Old Mission Dam

Event Start:
Apr 13, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 13, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide 1172:B31230: 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.

San Elijo Lagoon – Western Portion

Event Start:
Apr 18, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 18, 2015 11:00 am
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 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.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

Event Start:
Apr 26, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 26, 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 Hummingbird, California Thrasher, House Wren, Wrentit, and both California and Spotted Towhees.  The wintering birds have mostly left, but migrants should be coming through (think Warblers) and summer visitors are arriving.  Easy walking.  Restrooms at the trailhead.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 and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Easy walking. Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.

 

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San Diego, CA 92117
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