Bird Walks

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.  At this time wintering White-crowned Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers may still be here.  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 Mar 25, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Mar 25, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader Anitra Kaye, (619) 517-1168, John Walters, and Jack Friery
Map   GPS: 33.016352, -117.023786 

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is situated on the western slope of Mount Woodson and just north of Lake Poway.  A stream and associated willow and oak woodland are bordered by mixed chaparral and coastal sage scrub on rugged slopes.  Birds to be expected include California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees, Bushtit, Wrentit, Bewick’s and House Wrens.  Along the way Black-chinned Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting may also be found.  Easy hiking on a dirt road.  Restrooms available at the trailhead. Capped at 25 participants.

Directions: Blue Sky is at 16275 Espola Road, Poway.  Exit I-15 at Rancho Bernardo Road and go 3.5 miles east.  Rancho Bernardo Road becomes Espola Road in Poway.  This will curve to the right just past Old Coach Road.  The parking area is to the left just beyond the curve.  Meet at the end of the parking lot.
Event Start Apr 2, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Apr 2, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 15
Individual Price Free
Leader Teresa Norris (858 449-2863) and others
Map  GPS 32.590776, -117.044736

Otay Valley Regional Park extends 13 miles through the Otay Valley from west of I-5 along the Otay River to the Lower and Upper Otay Lakes.  The trail from the Rios Avenue trailhead passes through coastal sage scrub and riparian woodland.  Often seen birds are Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Mallard, Western Scrub-Jay, Song Sparrow, California Towhee, Spotted Towhee, and Bewick’s Wren. Easy walking on a well-maintained trail.  Porta-potties available at the trailhead. Capped at 25 participants.

Directions: From I-805 South, exit at Main St. in Chula Vista and go west. Go left (south) on Otay Valley Road, then left (south) again on Rios Avenue. Turn left on to a driveway before the large church.  Proceed to the parking lot where we will meet at the Rios Avenue Staging Area.
Event Start Apr 8, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Apr 8, 2017 11:00 am
Available Places 23
Individual Price Free
Leader John Walters, 619 267-1821, and others

Map  GPS: 32.839816, -117.041399

Old Mission Dam is a favorite destination among birders all year round.  A nice variety of resident birds are present, such as California Thrasher, Western Meadowlark, Wrentit, Bewick’s Wren, and Nuttall’s Woodpecker.  This bird walk will cover varied terrain and focus on riparian woodland around the historic dam and the nearby grassland.  Spring migrants and summer visitors will also be sought, such as Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Western Kingbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Blue Grosbeak.  Porta-potty at the trailhead.

Directions:  From Interstate 15, go east on Route 52.  Exit at Mast Blvd. and turn left to West Hills Parkway.  Turn right and go south about ¾ miles to Mission Gorge Road.  Turn right again and go 0.2 miles and then merge right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail.  Proceed 0.7 miles to the Old Mission Dam parking lot.  Park there, or on the Serra Trail Rd. as the signs indicate.

Event Start Apr 17, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Apr 17, 2017 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
Leader Gary Grantham, 858 635-6635
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 24
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 23
Individual Price Free
Leader Peter Thomas (858 571 5076), Terry Hurst, and others

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