Field Trips


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 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: 32.8606, -116.4626

Please note:  This trip is on Saturday June 10th, not Sunday as incorrectly posted in Sketches.
This walk along the west rim of the Lagunas will be approximately 5.0 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 goals being the “Water-of-the-Woods pond and the Big Laguna Lake area.  In addition to the typical montane species, we will look for Olive-sided, Ash-throated, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Purple Finches, and Pygmy Nuthatches. We will see more open mountain habitat than last weeks outing.  Bring water, sunscreen, and be prepared for temperature changes.  Porta-potties at the trailhead only. Participation is capped at 25.

Directions: From I-8 going east, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1), turn left (north).  Proceed approximately 5 miles to the area of mile marker 19, across from the 2 blue Porta-potties.  Parking is available on the wide shoulders of the highway there.  A National Forest Service Adventure Pass ($8/day, $30/year), or a National Parks Senior Pass is required for legal parking. Allow just over 1 hour travel time from San Diego.
Event Start Jun 10, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Jun 10, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 2
Individual Price Free
Leader Chris Smith, (858) 740-8858, Peter Thomas, and others
Map  GPS: 32.775768, -117.197997

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. Participation is capped at 25.

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 Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Jun 24, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619)517-1168, John Walters, and Jack Friery
Map  GPS: 32.9068, -117.2064

The Western approach to Penasquitos Canyon is a less frequently birded area of San Diego County. The trails are mostly flat, passing along the riparian corridor and allowing broad views of open grassland. Expect the year round residents – hawks, towhees, California Thrashers, and California Quail – and summer visitors – Ash-throated Flycatchers, Orioles, BH Grosbeaks, possibly Lawrence’s Goldfinches, and sometimes other surprises. Easy walking. Porta-Pottties at the trailhead. Participation is capped at 25.

Directions: Going north from central San Diego on 805, exit at the ramp for Vista Sorrento Pkwy, and follow the lanes for Vista Sorrento. Continue northward about 1 mile, turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd., continue to the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve parking lot on the right.
Event Start Jun 25, 2017 7:30 am
Event End Jun 25, 2017 10:30 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader John Bruin, (505) 401-3022, Lisa Ruby, and Terry Hurst

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.