Bird Walks

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. 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 Oct 28, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Oct 28, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 12
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619) 517-1168, John Walters and Jack Friery
Map  GPS: 32.8509, -117.2739

This trip will be moved to October 29th because of a conflicting event at La Jolla Shores on the 22nd.

La Jolla Cove is a scenic spot where the Pacific Ocean meets a rocky coastline.  We will start by scanning the offshore out to the coastal kelp beds for pelagic species. This will be at the peak of Loon migration, and sometimes Jaegers can be seen from shore. Rocky shore species that we might also see include Brown Pelican, all three local Cormorants, Black Turnstones, and possibly Wandering Tattlers.  Can be cool and windy (but that could bring the birds closer to the shore).  BRING A SCOPE IF YOU HAVE ONE. Capped at 25 participants.

Directions: From I-5 northbound, exit on La Jolla Parkway, proceed into La Jolla, turn right on Prospect.  At the split in the road, fork right to Coast Blvd., go down the hill to the Cove area.  Park anywhere you can (this can be a challenge!) and meet beyond the public restrooms at “Stan’s Bench” and see what is out there.  From I-5 southbound, exit on La Jolla Village Dr., turn right (west).   Left on Torrey Pines Rd., proceed to Prospect, and follow above directions.
Event Start Oct 29, 2017 7:30 am
Event End Oct 29, 2017 10:30 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Stan Walens, (858) 450-0258, and Peter Thomas
GPS: 32.8601 -116.9190  

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.

Directions: From I-8 in El Cajon, or from the east end of Highway 52, go north on Highway 67 until the divided road ends in Lakeside. Turn right onto Mapleview St., then immediately to the right again onto Maine Ave. Go 2 blocks and turn left onto Lakeshore Drive. Park in the far (east) end of the parking lot along the lake. Restrooms available.
Event Start Nov 4, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Nov 4, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 25
Individual Price Free
Leader Bill Denton, (619) 443-8775, Jim Seal, and Peter Thomas
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. Cap: 15 participants.

Directions: From Highway 52 going east, exit at the Mast Blvd. off-ramp, turn left to go under the freeway, proceeding east on Mast to Fanita Parkway. Turn left and proceed to the stop sign at Lake Canyon Rd. Turn right and park. Enter the lake area at the walk-in gate and meet in the parking lot by the general store at Lake #5.
Event Start Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Nov 10, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 15
Individual Price Free
Leader Terry Hurst, (619) 318-7717, and Lisa Ruby
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. Capped at 30 participants.

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 .3 mile and park on the right outside the gated fence.

 

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 Nov 12, 2017 7:30 am
Event End Nov 12, 2017 11:30 am
Available Places 30
Individual Price Free
Leader Peter Thomas, (858) 571-5076, Jim Pea, Caron Andregg, and others
This is a newer 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 are available. I do not think that you will be disappointed. The experience will be capped at 12 participants, although, if there is sufficient interest, a second session may be arranged. The regular fee of $70 will be reduced by 10% for SDAS members. No restrooms.  

Note: Capped participation. Fee required.  Directions will be sent after registration.

For further details or questions, please contact Peter Thomas at prthomas1@yahoo.com
Event Start Nov 19, 2017 10:00 am
Event End Nov 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Available Places 12
Individual Price Free
Leader Kirk and Denise of Sky Falconry, Alpine, California
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. 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. 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 Nov 25, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Nov 25, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 25
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.

Directions: Go South on I-5, exit at Main Street, close to Imperial Beach, and keep right. Take an immediate right turn, and park along the Frontage Rd.

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.

 

Directions: Take I-8 east to Route S1 (Sunrise Highway).  Go north about 8 miles, and turn left onto Wooded Hill Rd., opposite Morris Ranch Rd.  Proceed to the parking area at the end of the road on the right. A National Forest Adventure Pass ($8/day, or $30/yr. – available at the general store in Mt. Laguna a few miles beyond the left hand turn-off for Wooded Hill Rd. or at many Big 5 Sport stores), or a National Parks Senior Pass is required.  Porta-potties at the trailhead. Allow just over 1 hour travel time from San Diego.

32.8548, -116.4363
Event Start Nov 29, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Nov 29, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 25
Individual Price Free
Leader Jim Pea, (619) 291-6612, and Heidi Marc-Aurele

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.