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: 33.033447 -116.950504

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. Capped at 25 participants.

Directions: Go north on Highway 67.  Just after the Mt. Woodson Golf Club sign, turn left on Archie Moore Road; continue about 1.5 miles to Highland Valley Rd.  Follow the gentle curve to the right.  Within ¼ mile you will see the Grasslands Preserve sign and the large parking lot on the left.


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 May 13, 2017 8:00 am
Event End May 13, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Peter Thomas (858) 571-5076, Millie Basden, and others
Map  GPS: 32.566794 -117.132328

This is a nice walk along the beach, starting from the southernmost end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach, and proceeding south 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. Nesting Western Snowy Plovers and Least Terns, however, will be our primary targets. We will also scan offshore to the west, looking for offshore gulls, terns, grebes, and possibly Boobies. Participation is capped at 25.

Directions: For the Website: From I-5 going south, exit at Palm Avenue, and go west. Proceed through Imperial Beach, following the signs for Palm Avenue to the left, as Highway 75 forks off to the right.  Proceed to Seacoast Drive, turn left (south), and drive to the end of the road and park. Meet at the marsh overlook platform.
Event Start May 21, 2017 8:00 am
Event End May 21, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Peter Thomas, (858) 571-5076, and others
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. 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. Capped at 25 participants.

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 May 27, 2017 8:00 am
Event End May 27, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 1
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619) 517-1168, John Walters and Jack Friery

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.