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:
Nov 22, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Nov 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. 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 Sea Watch and Rocky Shores

Event Start:
Dec 6, 2014 7:30 am
Event End:
Dec 6, 2014 10:30 am
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide 1227:F6

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.

Whelan Lake Sanctuary

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

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.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

Event Start:
Dec 27, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Dec 27, 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. 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.

Chollas Lake

Event Start:
Jan 3, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Jan 3, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1270: C-7

Chollas Community Park is in an urban setting, and contains a dam creating a lake where children are allowed to fish. Most of the birds of the area will be familiar to San Diego birders, but Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, California Gnatcatcher, Sapsuckers, and California Thrasher have all been seen there in the winter.

Dairy Mart Ponds

Event Start:
Jan 10, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Jan 10, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1350: D-4

Dairy Mart Ponds are an outstanding birding spot in our south county that has more recently been made even better with the addition of a bird blind, elevated viewing sites, and improved trails. These ponds, on the northeast edge of the Tijuana River Valley, are surrounded by willows and other riparian trees and shrubs, and support patches of freshwater marsh vegetation.  We will view the ponds and walk the trails, looking for various ducks, Common Gallinules, wintering warblers, and raptors.  The number of notable raptors seen here is often high.  Easy walking No restrooms.

Birding the San Diego River by Bicycle

Event Start:
Jan 14, 2015 9:00 am
Event End:
Jan 14, 2015 12:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free
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 a full complement of our 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). Heavy rain (don’t we wish) means that you will get wet.

South San Diego Bay Salt Works

Event Start:
Jan 17, 2015 9:00 am
Event End:
Jan 17, 2015 1:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide 1330: A-4

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.


Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Jan 24, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Jan 24, 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. 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.

The Salton Sea in Winter - Overnighter

Event Start:
Jan 31, 2015 5:00 pm
Event End:
Feb 1, 2015 3:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free

The Brawley Inn: GPS: 32 degrees 58’ 43.71” N  115 degrees 33’ 05.12” W

The Imperial Valley and the area around the Salton Sea is an incredible area to visit in the Winter.  The birds here are a mix of those that are year-round residents, and those that flee the north to spend the winter here. These include Snow, Ross’, and Canada Geese; ducks of many species, White-faced Ibis, Grebes, large numbers of shorebirds, Gambel’s Quail, Common Ground-Dove, Burrowing Owls, Verdin, Loggerhead Shrikes, Abert’s Towhee, and many more.  This trip is planned as an overnight trek, staying at the Brawley Inn, a group dinner on Saturday night, up early on Sunday to catch the birds when they are at their most active, finishing in the early afternoon on Sunday, allowing plenty of time for the return journey to San Diego. Because of the logistics of car-pooling, and the limitations of the Brawley Inn, the group will be limited to 20 persons, and sign-up is required.  

 

Contact Info

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

Office Hours

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Monday-Friday
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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