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 32.858 -117.007

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.

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. 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 Oct 16, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Oct 16, 2017 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
Leader Gary Grantham, (858)635-6635
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 13
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

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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.