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: 32.7442  -117.1533  Map

This trip is offered three times.  On-line sign up is required, and limited to 10 each day to improve the experience of our participants. 

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms. No facilities.
Event Start Apr 29, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Apr 29, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.7442  -117.1533  Map

This trip is offered three times.  On-line sign up is required, and limited to 10 each day to improve the experience of our participants.

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms. No facilities.
Event Start Apr 30, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Apr 30, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places -1
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.7442  -117.1533  Map

This trip is offered three times.  On-line sign up is required, and limited to 10 each day to improve the experience of our participants. 

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms. No facilities.
Event Start May 1, 2016 8:00 am
Event End May 1, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
GPS: 33.016352, -117.023786    Map

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is situated on the western slope of Mount Woodson and just north of Lake Poway.  A stream and associated willow and oak woodland are bordered by mixed chaparral and coastal sage scrub on rugged slopes.  Birds to be expected include California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees, Bushtit, Wrentit, Bewick’s and House Wrens.  Along the way Black-chinned Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting may also be found.  Easy hiking on a dirt road.  Restrooms available at the trailhead. Participation in this event is capped at 25.
Event Start May 7, 2016 8:00 am
Event End May 7, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 11
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.843757, -116.996843   Map

We will visit an area and trail that is not often visited by San Diego birders, and which proceeds 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.  Participation in this event is capped at 25.
Event Start May 15, 2016 7:30 am
Event End May 15, 2016 10:00 am
Available Places 22
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.590776, -117.044736   Map

Otay Valley Regional Park extends 13 miles through the Otay Valley from west of I-5 along the Otay River to the Lower and Upper Otay Lakes.  The trail from the Rios Avenue trailhead passes through coastal sage scrub and riparian woodland.  Often seen birds are Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Mallard, Western Scrub-Jay, Song Sparrow, California Towhee, Spotted Towhee, and Bewick’s Wren. Easy walking on a well-maintained trail.  Porta-potties available.  Participation in this event is capped at 25.
Event Start May 21, 2016 8:00 am
Event End May 21, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 23
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.775768, -117.197997   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.
Event Start May 28, 2016 8:00 am
Event End May 28, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 25
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.858166, -117.00642   Map

This will be our annual walk 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. Participation is capped at 25.


Event Start Jun 4, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Jun 4, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 20
Individual Price Free
GPS: 32.566794 -117.132328   Map

This is a walk done as a SDAS Field Trip for the first time just last year. We will start from the southernmost end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach, and walk south along the beach to the mouth of the Tijuana River. We will look for any remaining wintering shorebirds or those that have decided to stay over for our balmy clime, Snowy Plovers, Least Terns; and then, glancing to the west, off-shore gulls, terns, and possibly Boobies. Participation is capped at 25.
Event Start Jun 11, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Jun 11, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 22
Individual Price Free

Thomas Guide: 1268:F-2  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 are now 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.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.
Event Start Jun 25, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Jun 25, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 25
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.