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.

Map GPS: 32.755, -117.241

The San Diego River Estuary is one of the most productive and rewarding birding sites in our region. The salt marsh mudflats, sand islands, and wetlands, always changing with the fluctuating tides, provide rest spots and foraging areas for a wealth of bird species. Some summer birds may yet remain (e.g. Elegant Terns), and the winter visitors will be arriving. We will look for Osprey, herons, gulls, ducks, shorebirds, possibly even Ridgway’s Rails. Restrooms are available at the trailhead at Robb Field. Note the 7:30 AM start time.

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 Sep 3, 2016 7:30 am
Event End Sep 3, 2016 10:30 am
Available Places 1
Individual Price Free
Leader Jim Pea, 619-291-6612, Kathy Askin, and Heidi Marc-Aurele
Map   GPS: 33.003,  -117.272

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 early wintering ducks and shorebirds, then into upland willow and sage scrub vegetation to seek regular residents, such as California Thrasher, Bewick’s and House Wrens, Towhees, and possibly Gnatcatchers.  Some hilly terrain.  No restrooms.
Event Start Sep 10, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 10
Individual Price Free
Leader Jack Friery, (619) 218-7342, Caron Andregg, and Greg Thomas
Map   GPS: 32.790, -117.047

This field trip visits the northwest side of Lake Murray where participants will be taken to native and park associated habitats, including sage scrub, eucalyptus trees, willows, and freshwater marsh along the lake. A mixture of bird species may be found, including early wintering ducks, Great Blue Heron, Egrets, Osprey, hawks, as well as resident land birds. Easy walking.  Restrooms available.

Event Start Sep 19, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Sep 19, 2016 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
Leader Gary Grantham (858) 635-6635
Map   GPS: 32.790, -117.047

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.
Event Start Sep 24, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 17
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619)517-1168, John Walters and Jack Friery
Map   GPS: 32.601  -117.095    

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 2.0 miles one-way and will retrace the route. The other is 5 miles and will walk the entire perimeter of the levees.  No restrooms. Cap: 30 participants.
Event Start Oct 1, 2016 10:00 am
Event End Oct 1, 2016 2:00 pm
Available Places 28
Individual Price Free
Leader Jim Pea, (619) 291 6612, Caron Andregg, John Bruin, Peter Thomas, and others
Map  GPS: 32.860 -116.917

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. Cap: 25 participants.
Event Start Oct 8, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Oct 8, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 25
Individual Price Free
Leader Bill Denton, (619) 443-8775, and Jim Seal
Map  GPS: 32.755 -117.241

A new weekday offering for beginning and newer birders. The San Diego River Estuary is one of the most productive and rewarding birding sites in our region. The salt marsh mudflats, sand islands, and wetlands, always changing with the fluctuating tides, provide rest spots and foraging areas for a wealth of bird species. Winter species are arriving including ducks and shorebirds.  An excellent introduction to the opening part of the very best birding season in San Diego County. Cap: 15 particpants.
Event Start Oct 14, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Oct 14, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 15
Individual Price Free
Leader Terry Hurst, and Lisa Ruby

Map  GPS: 32.858 -117.007

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.

Event Start Oct 17, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Oct 17, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 15
Individual Price Free
Leader Gary Grantham, (858) 635-6635
Map   GPS: 32.790, -117.047 

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. Cap: 25 participants.


Event Start Oct 24, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Oct 24, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 25
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619) 517-1168, John Walters, and Jack Friery
Map  GPS 32.595  -117.091

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. Cap: 15 participants.
Event Start Oct 28, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Oct 28, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 15
Individual Price Free
Leader Jim Pea, (619) 291-6612, Heidi Marc-Aurele, and Kathy Askin
 

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.