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

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.

Winter Raptors of the Ramona Grasslands

Event Start:
Feb 7, 2015 10:00 am
Event End:
Feb 7, 2015 1:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide 1172:B3

The Ramona Grasslands and the Santa Maria Creek riparian area are well known for their wintering raptors. Over a dozen raptors are possible, but Golden Eagles and Ferruginous Hawks are among our best target birds. Our leader is Jeff Lincer, who is a Cornell PhD Ornithologist who specializes in raptors, and helped co-found the Wildlife Research Institute in Ramona. Bring your highest power binoculars, a scope if you have one, and venture out to Ramona. We will car caravan after the first stop. Porta-potties only at the second Grasslands stop. Afterwards, those who may be interested will trek to El Michuacan Mexican Restaurant in Ramona for a local bite, conversation, and cheer.

Fledgling Birders at Kit Carson Park

Event Start:
Feb 9, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Feb 9, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide:1150:C-2

Kit Carson Park is a multi-use recreation site on the southern side of the city of Escondido. A creek flows southward through willow and sycamore woodland, past grass lawns with scattered trees, and a small pond at its center. Birding here is good all year aided by a good network of trails. Hawks, woodpeckers, ducks, warblers, bluebirds, and sparrows are among the birds to be seen. Easy walking. Restrooms available.

Santee Lakes

Event Start:
Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am
Event End:
Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

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, DC Cormorants, and other wintering visitors. We will watch the pond islands for egrets, herons, and possibly Bitterns. Kingfishers are usually heard first, and then seen. Easy, flat walking. Restrooms available.

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

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.

 

Contact Info

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

Office Hours

Our office hours are
Monday-Friday
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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