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.

GPS: 32.5998 -117.0926

The South Bay Salt Works at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is a collection of salt ponds used to extract salt from seawater by evaporation. This area is normally closed to the public, except for a few SDAS led walks 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 3.0 miles, retracing its route. The other is 5.0 miles, and will follow the perimeter of the levees. No restrooms. Capped at 30 participants.

Directions: Take I-5 to Chula Vista and exit on Palomar Street. Go west to the T-intersection at Bay Blvd. and turn left. Drive .3 miles and park on the right outside the gated fence.
Event Start Jan 14, 2018 9:00 am
Event End Jan 14, 2018 1:00 pm
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Chris Smith (858) 740-8858 Jim Pea, Caron Andregg and others
GPS: 37.790, -117.044

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 wintering ducks, Great Blue Heron, Egrets, Osprey, hawks, as well as resident land birds. Easy walking. Restrooms available.

Directions: From I-8 go north on Lake Murray Blvd. to Baltimore Drive, and turn left. Continue for 1 mile and turn left on Jackson Drive. Turn left onto Golfcrest. Go another mile to the Mission Trails Park entrance on the left. Capped at 15 attendees.

From Highway 52 going east, exit on Mast Blvd. Turn left, go under the highway to the stoplight at West Hills Blvd., and go right. Proceed to Mission Gorge Blvd., turn right and proceed over the hill to Golfcrest. Go left, and proceed beyond 2 stoplights to the park entrance on the left as above. Meet in the parking area near the Little League field bleachers.
Event Start Jan 19, 2018 8:00 am
Event End Jan 19, 2018 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Terry Hurst (619) 318-7717, and Lisa Ruby
GPS 33.078 -117.060

Kit Carson Park is a multi-use recreation site on the southern side of the city of Escondido.  A creek flows southward through willow and sycamore woodland, past grass lawns with scattered trees, and a small pond at its center.  Birding here is good all year aided by a good network of trails.  Hawks, woodpeckers, ducks, warblers, bluebirds, and sparrows are among the birds to be seen.  Easy walking.  Restrooms available. Capped at 25 participants.
 

Directions: Exit from Highway 15 at Via Rancho Parkway.  Go east past the shopping mall and continue as the road bends north.  Turn left into the park at Entrance Drive (stoplight and fire station). Park and meet in the lot on the right by the Amphitheater.
Event Start Jan 21, 2018 8:00 am
Event End Jan 21, 2018 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Phoenix Von Hendy, and Peter Thomas, (858) 571-5076

Map  GPS:32.7756 -117.1977

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. Winter visitors are now present. We will see Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, and other surprises. You can never tell what we may see at this special place. Easy walking. Restrooms at the trailhead. Participation is capped at 25.

Directions:  Exit Highway I-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.

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.  Winter visitors are now present. We will see Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, and other surprises.  You can never tell what we may see at this special place.  Easy walking.  Restrooms at the trailhead. 
Event Start Jan 27, 2018 8:00 am
Event End Jan 27, 2018 11:00 am
Available Places 1
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619) 517-1168, John Walters, and Jack Friery
GPS: 33.0160 -116.9106

The Ramona Grasslands and the Santa Maria Creek riparian area are well known for their wintering raptors. Over a dozen raptors are possible, but Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, and Ferruginous Hawks are among our best target birds. Our leader is Jeff Lincer, who is a Cornell PhD Ornithologist who specializes in raptors, and helped co-found the Wildlife Research Institute in Ramona. Bring your highest power binoculars, a scope if you have one, and venture out to Ramona. We will car caravan after the first stop. Porta-potties only at the second Grasslands stop. Capped at 30 participants.

Directions: From San Diego, go east to Highway 67, and then north toward Ramona. Just prior to entering Ramona turn left on Highland Valley Rd. (stoplight), then right almost immediately (.2 miles) on Highland Valley Ct. Special Note: Imperial Valley/Salton Sea overnight is being planned for the first week-end in February.
Event Start Jan 28, 2018 10:00 am
Event End Jan 28, 2018 1:00 pm
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Peter Thomas, (858) 571-5076, and Jeff Lincer
The Brawley Inn, GPS: 32.978711, -115.551238

The Imperial Valley and the area around the Salton Sea is an incredible area to visit in the winter. The birds here are a mix of those that are year-round residents, and those that flee the north to spend the winter here. These include Gambel’s Quail, Common Ground-Dove, Burrowing Owls, Verdin, Loggerhead Shrikes, Abert’s Towhee, Snow and Ross’s geese, Sandhill Cranes, ducks of many species, White-faced Ibis, Grebes, large numbers of shorebirds, and many more.  We will be staying at the Brawley Inn, with a group dinner on Saturday night at an on-site restaurant, Assagio’s. On Sunday morning we hope to see the dawn lift offs of both Snow and Ross’s Geese. Sandhill Cranes should be nearby. We will finish in the early afternoon, allowing plenty of time for the return journey to San Diego. Because of the logistics of car-pooling, and the limitations of the Brawley Inn, participation will be limited.  CAPPED AT 20 PARTICIPANTS. ON-LINE SIGN UP, AND A $25 REGISTRATION FEE IS REQUIRED. YOU MUST ALSO SEPARATELY REGISTER WITH ME (prthomas1@yahoo.com) TO RECEIVE MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. 

Directions: From San Diego, go east on Highway 8. Just prior to getting to El Centro, one exit past Drew Rd, turn left (north) on Forrester Rd.  Proceed 9.5 miles to Keystone Rd., and then turn right.  Proceed 3 miles to Imperial/ Hwy 86 (stoplight), and turn left. Imperial becomes Brawley Ave, continue a total of 5.5 miles to Main St.  Turn left. Look for Brawley Inn on the right (before dropping down to the river bottom).
Event Start Feb 3, 2018 2:00 pm
Event End Feb 4, 2018 2:00 pm
Available Places 0
Individual Price $25.00
Leader Peter Thomas, (858) 571-5076, and Bob Miller

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4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

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