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: 32.790, -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 0
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 0
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 15
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 9
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 12
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 22, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Oct 22, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 16
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 12
Individual Price Free
Leader Jim Pea, (619) 291-6612, Heidi Marc-Aurele, and Kathy Askin

Map   GPS: 32.6181 -116.1916  

The trails around Lake Hodges always provide a good array of birds – both year-round and wintering species. This SDAS trip will focus on the south shore along a trail that allows great downward views of the lake and its creatures.  We hope to find both Western and Clark’s Grebes (prepare to distinguish these species by their calls), ducks, raptors, shorebirds, gnatcatchers, swallows, and swifts. Because the trail is narrow, the registration is capped at 16. 

Direcctions: From Highway 15, just south of Escondido, take the off-ramp at West Bernardo Drive, and go west (left if coming north on 15). Proceed up the hill as it curves to the left.  Park in the dirt lot on the right, across from the retirement facility on the left.

Event Start Nov 6, 2016 7:30 am
Event End Nov 6, 2016 10:30 am
Available Places 15
Individual Price Free
Leader Lisa Ruby, 858 705 1873, Tom Baxter, and others
Map  GPS: 32.5998, -117.0921

The South Bay Salt Works at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge 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 about 2.5 miles, and will retrace the route. The other is 5 miles and will walk the entire perimeter of the levees.  No restrooms. 

Directions: Take Highway 5 to Chula Vista and exit on Palomar St. Go west to the T-intersection at Bay Blvd. and turn left. Drive 0.3 mile and park on the right outside the gated fence.
Event Start Nov 12, 2016 9:00 am
Event End Nov 12, 2016 1:00 pm
Available Places 28
Individual Price Free
Leader John Bruin, Caron Andregg, S. and R. Breisch, and others
This is a new special outing/workshop that allows hands-on, personal interaction between participants and highly trained Harris’s Hawks in the mountains of San Diego County.  When called, these raptors will fly to your gloved hands in exchange for a few raptor tasty edibles. Learn the history of falconry and the conservation message that these magnificent birds bring to us. Great photo opportunities.  I do not think that you will be disappointed. The experience will be capped at 10 participants, although, if there is sufficient interest, a second session might be arranged. The regular fee of $70 will be reduced by 10% for SDAS members. No restrooms.
Note: Capped participation.  Fee required.

If you would like to register for this event, and for further details, please contact Peter Thomas at prthomas1@yahoo.com
Event Start Nov 20, 2016 10:00 am
Event End Nov 20, 2016 12:00 pm
Available Places 10
Individual Price $70.00
Leader Kirk and Denise of Sky Falconry, Alpine, California
Map   GPS 32.775736, -117.197752

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 will have arrived, such as White-crowned Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Easy walking. Restrooms may be found at the trailhead by the Visitor Center.

Directions: Exit Highway 5 at Tecolote Road. Go east, away from the freeway to the parking lot at the end of Tecolote Rd. Meet by the Tecolote Nature Center.





Event Start Nov 26, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Nov 26, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 23
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye (619) 517-1168 and John Walters
Map  GPS: 32.7442  -117.1533

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 many of our returning winter ducks and shorebirds, plus raptors, and possible Ridgway’s Rails.  Bring your bike, water, hat, and sunscreen.  Restrooms at the trailhead (Robb Field).

Directions:  Go west on Highway 8 to the very end.  Turn left, and then curve right, following the signs for Sunset Cliffs.  At the stoplight (W. Pt. Loma Blvd.) turn right and continue to the first stop sign (Bacon).  Turn right and follow the road into the main parking area.  We will meet to the left on top of the levee.


Event Start Nov 30, 2016 10:30 am
Event End Nov 30, 2016 1:30 pm
Available Places 14
Individual Price Free
Leader John Bruin, (505) 401-3022, 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.