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: 32.755, -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 18
Individual Price Free
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 18
Individual Price Free
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
Available Places 14
Individual Price Free
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 29, 2016 8:00 am
Event End Sep 29, 2016 11:00 am
Available Places 20
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.