Field Trips


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 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.


Agua Dulce Creek

Event Start:
Jun 6, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Jun 6, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Thomas Guide: NA GPS: 32 degrees 50’ 54.78” N 116 degrees 25’ 50.13” W

This will be the only walk 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.

Afternoon Birding and Evening Owling at Palomar Mountain

Event Start:
Jun 13, 2015 2:00 pm
Event End:
Jun 13, 2015 10:00 pm
Available Places:
Individual Price:
Thomas Guide: 1270: C-7  

Participation is limited to 20 persons.  On line signups must be made here.  Click on Register below and enter your name, phone number, and email address.

Palomar Mountain is an ecological “island” of montane coniferous woodland that supports a variety of birds found only in a few other high-elevation peaks in San Diego County.  While birding from 4,000’ to 5500’ elevation, our main targets for this trip will be many difficult-to-find owls and high-elevation breeders, but we will also enjoy numerous montane species. We will seek out Western Screech-Owl, Great-horned Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl; we hope to come across Purple Martin, Brown Creeper, and Olive-sided Flycatcher; and if we are very lucky, we just might happen upon a Spotted or Flammulated Owl!  More widespread species we hope to see include Violet-green Swallow, Band-tailed Pigeon, Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Purple Finch, and Lawrence's Goldfinch.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

Event Start:
Jun 27, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Jun 27, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:

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 birds, such as Grosbeaks and Orioles may also be found. 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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