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.  

Note: Advanced registration for all trips is requested.  Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you by email.


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.

GPS 32.860001, - 116.919247  Map

Lindo Lake, the only natural lake in San Diego County, is in an urban park in the town of Lakeside.  What might be there during our expected wetter winter?  Birds that are possible include Wood Duck, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Bluebird, Kingbirds, Grackles, Parrots, Tricolored Blackbirds, and Greater White-fronted Goose. More than 60 species have been recorded during visits at this time of year.

Event Start Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Feb 13, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
GPS 33.257943,  -116.406310  Map

Anza-Borrego is noted for its wildflowers in the spring.  The desert birds that we’ll be looking for include Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Verdin, and spring migrants.  Possible Thrashers. Allow 2 hours to get to ABDSP if coming from San Diego.  Some may wish to travel to Borrego Springs and spend Saturday night there to allow a more leisurely early morning on Sunday.  Call Peter Thomas (above) if questions.  Restrooms at the Visitor Center.


Anza-Borrego is noted for its wildflowers in the spring.  The desert birds that we’ll be looking for include Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Verdin, and spring migrants.  Possible Thrashers. Allow 2 hours to get to ABDSP if coming from San Diego.  Some may wish to travel to Borrego Springs and spend Saturday night there to allow a more leisurely early morning on Sunday.  Call Peter Thomas (above) if questions.  Restrooms at the Visitor Center.

 

Directions: Take Route 78 to Santa Ysabel.  Drive north on Route 79, east on Route S2 (Hawk Alley). Turn left onto Route S22, which becomes a winding road as it descends into Anza-Borrego.  At the T-intersection, turn left and continue to the park Visitors Center.  We will meet in front of the bathrooms by the parking lot.  Carpooling is encouraged from there.

Ed Henry (619) 460 4794, and Terry Hurst
Event Start Feb 21, 2016 8:30 am
Event End Feb 21, 2016 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
GPS 32.775736, -117.197752  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.  Winter visitors, still present, should include 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.
Event Start Feb 27, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Feb 27, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
GPS 33.080636, -117.061029  Map

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.


Event Start Feb 29, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Feb 29, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.596134  -117.090108    Map

This is an old meeting place, but a new destination for a Birding and Biking adventure. 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 follow the pathways through this newly restored natural plant wetlands and open space area just to the south of the Salt Ponds. Wintering birds should still be present in some numbers, as well as resident species. Pathways are fine gravel so racing tires may not be ideal, but all others should be fine. Bring water, and prepare for the whims of weather. Porta-potties at the trailhead.
Event Start Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Mar 11, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
GPS: 33.033447   -116.950504    Map

This 3.5-mile trail was opened in June of 2011, and is part of the SD County Parks System.  We will hike through some of the best grasslands remaining in our area, pass through and speak about an area once used regularly by local Native Americans, and walk along a road that was a part of a local stagecoach route to the San Pasqual Valley.  The  pond that we will visit, looking for possible waterfowl and shorebirds, is at the site of a watering hole used for the stagecoach horses.  Later we will pass through some coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats, and skirt along a riparian section along the Santa Maria Creek. On this walk we will be looking for remaining wintering raptors, both Gnatcatchers, Lark Sparrows, and surprises.  Porta-potties at the trailhead.  Bring water, hats, and layers.  This will be a little more strenuous than our usual, but, nonetheless, a very nice walk.
Event Start Mar 13, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Mar 13, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
GPS: 33.871171, -117.122016  Map

San Jacinto Wildlife Area is approximately 19,000 acres, with 9,000 acres of restored wetlands. It is the first state wildlife area to utilize reclaimed water to enhance its wetlands.  It also is a birding hotspot with approximately 292 species recorded.  Waterfowl, wading birds, raptors and quail are a few of the many birds found here.  We hope to see Virginia Rail, White-faced Ibis, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, and Golden Eagle.  Other possibilities include Greater Roadrunner, Merlin, Vermilion Flycatcher, Mountain Bluebird and Canvasback.  We will carpool, following the auto tour route, making stops along the way. Bring water and sunscreen, and a lunch for the time that we go over our bird list.  Restrooms and porta-pottys on site.
Event Start Mar 20, 2016 8:30 am
Event End Mar 20, 2016 1:00 pm
Individual Price Free
GPS 32.775736, -117.197752  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 wintering White-crowned Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers may still be here.  Easy walking.  Restrooms at the trailhead.
Event Start Mar 26, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Mar 26, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
 

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.