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:
Apr 26, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Apr 26, 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. Some fall migrants may be present. We will see Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, and others. You can never tell what we may see at this special place. Easy walking. Restrooms at the trailhead.

Kitchen Creek

Event Start:
May 3, 2014 7:00 am
Event End:
May 3, 2014 10:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Brothers Map 430: B-7

Kitchen Creek Road reaches into the lower Laguna Mountains traversing steep slopes clad in chaparral. A narrow strip of trees is present along the namesake creek. We will start at the Cameron Ranger Station, just off Highway 8, hike a short section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and then proceed up the canyon to Cibbet’s Flat Campground. Hoped for birds include California Thrasher, Western Scrub-Jay, Sage and Black-chinned Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings, Scott’s Oriole, and, best of all, Gray Vireos. Bring water for sure. Restrooms are at the Cibbet’s Flat Campground.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Event Start:
May 10, 2014 9:00 am
Event End:
May 11, 2014 3:00 pm
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Brothers Guide: Not Available at this time

Big Morongo Canyon is a desert oasis, one of the 10 largest cottonwood riparian habitats in California. Fed by water draining from the surrounding mountains, the Morongo Creek and Marsh attract birds from all the surrounding more arid lands. Target birds of interest include: Gambel’s Quail, Virginia Rail, Rufous Hummingbird, Ladderback and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Verdin, California Thrasher, and Black-throated Sparrow. This is planned as a 2-day trip with an overnight in the Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs area, a group dinner, and an early Sunday start to bird and hike the trails of this beautiful Preserve. Participation will be capped at 20 persons to insure the best experience for all. Call Peter Thomas to sign up.

Mast Park in Santee

Event Start:
May 18, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
May 18, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1231: B-6

We will visit an area and trail that is not often visited by San Diego birders, and which goes west from the long-time parking area at Mast Park. The trail goes along the margin of the San Diego River, which at times seems to vanish underground, then surfaces to form open bodies of water. Eventually, it goes along the edge of the Carlton Hills Golf Course. Birds that we have seen here in May include our usual riparian residents, plus 3 swallows, 4 Warblers (including Orange-crowned, Yellow, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, and Common Yellowthroat), Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock’s Oriole. Easy walking on flat terrain. Restrooms at trailhead.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
May 24, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
May 24, 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. At this time most resident birds should be out and singing. Springtime migratory birds may also be found. Easy walking. Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.

Crest Canyon and San Dieguito Wetlands

Event Start:
May 31, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
May 31, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: 1187: G-4

Crest Canyon Park is one of several dedicated hiking areas within the expansive San Dieguito River Park. It is situated just southeast of the Del Mar racetrack. The trail is an easy 2-mile loop, amidst coastal sage scrub and grassy patches with interspersed Torrey Pines. As a suburban margin area, surprises are rather usual. No bathroom facilities.

Laguna Mountains/Water-of-the-Woods

Event Start:
Jun 8, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Jun 8, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free
Thomas Guide: NA

This walk along the west rim of the Lagunas will be approximately 3.5 miles round trip on well developed trails with easy to moderate elevation changes. We will go through mixed forest habitat, as well as, meadow grasslands, with the goal being the “Water-of-the-Woods pond area. In addition to the typical montane species, we will look for Olive-sided, Ash-throated, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s Orioles, Purple Finches, and Lawrence’s Goldfinches. Exceptionally, the Clark’s Nutcrackers might still remain. Bring water, and be prepared for temperature changes. Porta-potties at the trailhead only.

San Elijo Lagoon – Western Portion

Event Start:
Jun 14, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Jun 14, 2014 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.

Agua Dulce Creek/ “Quick, Three Beers”

Event Start:
Jun 21, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Jun 21, 2014 11:00 am
Individual Price:
Free

Thomas Guide: NA

This walk will be the second of 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.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park .

Event Start:
Jun 28, 2014 8:00 am
Event End:
Jun 28, 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. 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

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