Bird Walks

Map   GPS 32.775736, -117.197752

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.  The wintering birds have mostly left, but migrants should be coming through (think Warblers) and summer visitors are arriving.  Easy walking.  Restrooms at the trailhead. 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 Apr 22, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Apr 22, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 8
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye 619 517-1168, John Walters, and Jack Friary
Map  GPS: 32.982904, -116.569872

Lake Cuyamaca and the Stonewall Mine area give us a chance to sample mountain and spring migrating species. We will start at the old mine shaft, and then venture out on trails through oak and pine woodlands.  Possible species include Wild Turkey, Raptors, Oak Titmouse, Mountain Chickadee and Nuthatches.  Migrating warblers could include Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Hermit, and Wilson’s. Views of Lake Cuyamaca should provide Wood Ducks and Mallards. Purple Martins have been seen from this area in the past.  Restrooms at the trailhead.  NOTE: A California State Parks pass, or a day pass, is required to be able to park.  Capped at 25 participants.

Directions:  From San Diego, go east on Highway 8, turn north on Highway 79. About 1 mile north of the Paso Pacheco Campground area, watch for the turnoff to the right for the Stonewall Mine.  Meet at the end of the road.  A California State Parks pass, or a day pass is required. Day passes are available at the trailhead parking lot ($10).  If you know others who are interested in going on this hike, car-pooling is encouraged (and is more fun).
Event Start Apr 29, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Apr 29, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 1
Individual Price Free
Leader Peter Thomas (858 571 5076), Terry Hurst, and others
Map      GPS: 32.7442 -117.1533  

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms.  No facilities.

Directions:  From Highway 163, go east on University, then south on Vermont. Park  at the intersection with Cypress. A sloped trail leads to the canyon floor. Meet at the information sign near the east end of the main canyon. Nearest bathrooms are four blocks north up Vermont at the Uptown District shopping center (Starbucks, Trader Joe's, Ralphs).

Because the trails are narrow, and it becomes unlikely that those at the end of the line can see the birds seen by those at the front, these walks will be offered on 3 consecutive days, each walk limited to 10 participants, each walk with at least 2 guides.  On-line sign up is required, and limited to 10 each day, to improve the experience of our participants.  If one day is closed, another may not be.
Event Start May 5, 2017 8:00 am
Event End May 5, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 2
Individual Price Free
Leader Caron Andregg, (619)269-9469, and Ed Henry
Map      GPS: 32.7442 -117.1533  

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms.  No facilities.

Directions:  From Highway 163, go east on University, then south on Vermont. Park  at the intersection with Cypress. A sloped trail leads to the canyon floor. Meet at the information sign near the east end of the main canyon. Nearest bathrooms are four blocks north up Vermont at the Uptown District shopping center (Starbucks, Trader Joe's, Ralphs).

Because the trails are narrow, and it becomes unlikely that those at the end of the line can see the birds seen by those at the front, these walks will be offered on 3 consecutive days, each walk limited to 10 participants, each walk with at least 2 guides.  On-line sign up is required, and limited to 10 each day, to improve the experience of our participants.  If one day is closed, another may not be.
Event Start May 6, 2017 8:00 am
Event End May 6, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 9
Individual Price Free
Leader Caron Andregg, (619)269-9469 Peter Thomas, and others
Map      GPS: 32.7442 -117.1533  

Marston Canyon is a little-known finger of Balboa Park that offers a lovely trail through towering eucalyptus, olive and pepper trees. Bounded on the east by Richmond Avenue and the west by I-163, the canyon is a tiny but vibrant hidden gem quietly sheltering migrating warblers, such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson’s; Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Thrushes, Pacific Slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks, and sparrows. Multiple trails lead into at least three canyon arms.  No facilities.

Directions:  From Highway 163, go east on University, then south on Vermont. Park  at the intersection with Cypress. A sloped trail leads to the canyon floor. Meet at the information sign near the east end of the main canyon. Nearest bathrooms are four blocks north up Vermont at the Uptown District shopping center (Starbucks, Trader Joe's, Ralphs).

Because the trails are narrow, and it becomes unlikely that those at the end of the line can see the birds seen by those at the front, these walks will be offered on 3 consecutive days, each walk limited to 10 participants, each walk with at least 2 guides.  On-line sign up is required, and limited to 10 each day, to improve the experience of our participants.  If one day is closed, another may not be.

Event Start May 7, 2017 8:00 am
Event End May 7, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 6
Individual Price Free
Leader Caron Andregg, (619) 269-9469, and Teresa Norris
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 23
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 24
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 24
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619) 517-1168, John Walters and Jack Friery

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

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