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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.
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. These resident birds are quite common. Some winter visitors may be arriving, such as White-crowned Sparrows. Easy walking. Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.
Thomas Guide: 1330: A-5
The South San Diego Bay and Silver Strand Bikeway is a newer location for this Birding and Biking adventure. We will meet just off of I-5 at the west end of Main Street in the South Bay just before Imperial Beach at the beginning of the Silver Strand Bikeway. We will view the Salt Works ponds from the pathway, the restored wetlands along the south end of the San Diego Bay, and some of the sandy edges of the Bay as the bikeway curves north. Wintering birds should be present in abundance at this time. Bring bikes, water, and prepare for the whims of weather. Porta-potties at the trailhead.
Thomas Guide: 1147: D-6
This garden was formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens. Enter through the main gate, on your left – no parking or other fee is required for participants on the SDAS walk. We will check the parking lot area for warblers and other passerines, then explore the various trails and beautifully laid-out plant communities for other birds and the namesake California Quail. Target birds include Allen’s Hummingbird, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Scrub Jay, California and Spotted Towhees, Sparrows, and Bewick’s Wren. Mostly flat terrain, with one climb to a tower that overlooks the garden. Restrooms available.
Thomas Guide 1330: A-4
The South Bay Salt Works has over 20 salt ponds used to extract salt from seawater by evaporation. This area is normally closed to the public, except for once-per-month guided walks led by San Diego Audubon docents 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, and will retrace the route. The other is 5 miles and will walk the entire perimeter of the levees. No restrooms.
Thomas Guide: 1231: A-4
Especially focused on beginning birders, this trip is an excellent opportunity to observe and learn about birds at one of the region’s best birding locations. We hope to see Ring-necked Ducks, as well as, Osprey, Wood Ducks, and perhaps some early migrating warblers. Watch the pond islands for egrets, heron, and possibly Bitterns. Kingfishers are usually heard first, and then seen. Easy, flat walking. Restrooms available.
Thomas Guide: 1232: B-3
Lindo Lake, the only natural lake in San Diego County, is in an urban park in the town of Lakeside. The lake has a variety of ducks, songbirds, and a heron/egret rookery. Birds that are possible include Wood Duck, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Bluebird, Kingbirds, and Grackles. Parrots, Tricolored Blackbirds, and Greater White-fronted Goose are also possible.
Thomas Guide: 1268 A-5
This bike trip is modeled after the very popular bicycle tours offered during the San Diego Bird Festival. We will meet at Robb Field with bicycles, binoculars, and enthusiasm for a tour of the estuarine mudflats, sand flats, salt and eventually more freshwater marshlands of the San Diego River. At this time expect many of our returning winter ducks and shorebirds, plus raptors, and possible Clapper Rails. Mr. Bicycle Birder, Jim Pea, for whom this area is his backyard, will lead this trip. Bring your bike, water, hat, and sunscreen. Restrooms at the trailhead (Robb Field).
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.
La Jolla Cove is a scenic spot where the Pacific Ocean meets a rocky coastline. We will start by scanning the offshore out to the coastal kelp beds for pelagic species, including loons, shearwaters, and auklets. Rocky shore species that we might see include Brown Pelican, all three local Cormorants, winter gulls, Black Turnstones, and possibly Wandering Tattlers. Can be cool and windy (but that could bring the birds closer to the shore). Bring a scope if you have one.
Thomas Guide:1086: F-1
Whelan Lake is a private bird sanctuary located in Oceanside featuring a large freshwater lake surrounded by freshwater marsh, riparian woodland, grassland, and oak woodland habitats. We expect to see resident Wood Ducks, wintering species such as Shoveler and Gadwall, along with Merlin, White-crowned Sparrows, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Red-shouldered Hawks. Bring water and sunscreen. Hard rain cancels, call to confirm. Porta-potty is available.