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November 2017

Lake Hodges East/Bernardo Bay Field Trip

November 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Lake Hodges East/Bernardo Bay, 18402 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1150-A6 / GPS:  33.047235,-117.077696) Rating: Moderate (hills and uneven dirt trails) Directions: From I-15, exit west at Rancho Bernardo Road and turn right onto West Bernardo Drive going north. Proceed to the street marked Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center (stoplight) and turn left. Drive west to the parking areas by the Ed Brown Senior Center (18402 West Bernardo Drive). Photos: Lake Hodges Further Information on Location  Here

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South Bay Salt Works

November 18, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
South Bay Salt Works, 1470 Bay Blvd
Chula Vista, CA 91911 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1330 F4 / GPS:  32.600916,-117.092546) Rating: Moderate (uneven dirt trails) Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to I-5 and exit at Palomar St. in National City. Go west a short distance and turn left on Bay Blvd. Continue south to 1470 Bay Blvd. and the dirt parking lot on your right. Use a restroom at a fast food joint in National City before arrival – Palomar Street east, etc. This location is a restricted area not open…

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December 2017

Lindo Lakes Field Trip

December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Lindo Lakes, 12637 Lindo Lane
Lakeside, CA 92040 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1232-B3 / GPS: 32.856482, -116.918296) Rating: Easy to Moderate  (dirt trails, paved walkways) Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to Hwy.52 then east to Hwy 67. Head north, and take the Winter Gardens Blvd. Exit. Turn left on Woodside Ave (into Lakeside) and continue northeast to the Lindo Lake County Park. Stay on Woodside a short distance, turn right on Chestnut St. which then becomes Lindo Lane. Park in the small parking lot on the left, next…

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San Elijo Lagoon Bird Walk

December 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
San Elijo Lagoon, 899 N Rios Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075 United States
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(Thosmas Guide: 1167-E6 / GPS: 33.003535,-117.272469) Rating: Moderate (Dirt Trail, some hills) Bring a scope, if you have one.   This is a good spot to view wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Directions: Take I-5 to Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Go west to North Rios Ave. Turn right (north) and go all the way to the end of North Rios Ave. Park and meet at the end of the street near the barricade. No restrooms.   Photos: San Elijo Lagoon Further Information…

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Live Oak County Park/Los Jilgueros Preserve

December 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Live Oak County Park/Los Jilgueros Preserve, 2746 Reche Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028 United States
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A Fallbrook Adventure! (Thomas Guide: 1028- C5 / GPS: 33.362626, -117.206300) Rating: Easy Our target birds here are the Band-tailed Pigeons and Wood Ducks. Lewis's Woodpeckers have also been seen here at this time of the year. A word of caution: several GPS models do not work well in the Fallbrook area. It is best to follow these instructions. After the walk at Los Jilgueros Preserve, a buffet lunch is being served two minutes away at the Walkley's.  Directions: Take I-15 north…

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Tijuana Estuary & 7th Street Bird Walk

December 23, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, 301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, CA 91932 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1349-F1 / GPS: 32.575333,-117.125695 ) Rating: Moderate (Paved, boardwalk, and dirt trails) Good location for Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Ridgway's Rail.  Bring scope if you have one. Directions: Travel south on I-5 from San Diego and exit west on Coronado Avenue, which becomes Imperial Beach Blvd. Turn left on 3rd Street to Caspian Way, turn left and then right to the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center parking lot. Restrooms at Visitor Center, but none on the trails. Will bird around the…

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Escondido Christmas Bird Count

December 30, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025 United States
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Palomar Audubon Society would like to extend an invitation to all birders to participate in the annual Escondido Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 31st. The count circle incorporates mostly rural areas near Escondido, Valley Center, and Ramona. Fantastic birding skills are not a requirement – an extra pair of eyes is always helpful. The after-birding compilation meeting will be held in the early afternoon at Kit Carson Park’s covered picnic shelter. The highlight of the day will be the…

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January 2018

Dixon Lake Field Trip

January 6 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dixon Lake, 2256 La Honda Dr
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1110-C3 / GPS: 33.166732, -117.052099 ) Rating: Moderate (Paved and dirt trails) Restrooms by Dixon Lake parking lot. Directions: From I-15 in Escondido, exit at El Norte Parkway and drive east approximately 3 miles. Look for the” Daley Ranch/Dixon Lake” signs and turn left (north) on La Honda Drive. Drive up the hill to the free parking area on your left at the end of the road. Meet at the east end of the parking lot, near the kiosk,…

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Sweetwater River/Bonita Field Trip

January 13 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sweetwater River/Bonita, 3340 Plaza Bonita Rd
National City, CA 91950 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1310-C4 / GPS: '32° 39.450', -117° 4.136) Rating: Moderate (Paved trails, may need to cross street) The trail is above the creek which result in outstanding views of waterfowl. Directions: Take I-15 south to I-805 south and take the Sweetwater Road exit in National City. Turn right at Sweetwater Road and then right at Plaza Bonita Road. You will see the Plaza Bonita Shopping  Center parking area on the left. Meet at the far west corner of the…

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Dos Picos County Park & Rangeland Road Field Trip

January 20 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Dos Picos County Park & Rangeland Road, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd
Ramona, CA 92065 United States
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(Thomas Guide: (1171-H5 / GPS: 32° 59.942', -116° 56.498') Rating: Moderate (hills and uneven dirt trails) Directions: From I-15 in Rancho Bernardo go east on Rancho Bernardo Road, which turns into Espola Road (S5), and continue to Poway Road (S4). Turn left and drive east to Highway 67. Head north on Highway 67 and just before you reach Ramona, make a hard right on Mussey Grade Road (heading southwest). Continue on Dos Picos Park Road ½ mile to the park…

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Snow Goose Festival

January 24 @ 8:00 am - January 28 @ 5:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! January 24-28, 2018 This action-packed 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. Jon L. Dunn, Author of "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America" Wil Be the Keynote Speaker Chief consultant and author of all seven editions of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and a birding tour leader for over 30…

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Salton Sea Birding Trip

January 26 @ 8:00 am - January 28 @ 4:30 pm
Salton Sea, 575 W Main St
Brawley, CA 92227 United States
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$30

COME SEE WHAT YOU CAN SEE AT THE SALTON SEA! Come join Palomar Audubon Society as we bird the Salton Sea and areas around the Sea and Imperial Valley January 26th-28th, 2018. Our trip two years ago was very successful and we are looking forward to another “birdie weekend”. Our trip will include a full day of birding on Saturday, January 27th and a half-day on Sunday, January 28th to allow ample time to drive home in the afternoon daylight. We are limiting…

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February 2018

Guajome Regional Park Field Trip

February 3 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Guajome Regional Park, 3003 Guajome Lake Rd
Oceanside, CA 92057 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1067-D7 / GPS: 33.246225,-117.270774) Rating: Moderate (Grass and dirt trails) Directions: From Highway 78 in Oceanside, exit north on College Boulevard, and drive 4.4 miles north to Highway 76.Make a right turn on Hwy 76 and continue east about ½ mile to Lake Guajome Rd. Turn right (south) and drive up the hill past the park entrance, which does not open until later, and park on the street. Several restrooms within the park. Photos: Guajome Park Further Information…

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Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip

February 10 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Rd
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1130-F1/ GPS: 33.130552,-117.029384) Rating: Easy (Grass and paved roads) Restroom located outside office building. Directions: From I-15 exit east on Via Rancho Parkway, which becomes Bear Valley Parkway, and drive 5 miles north to Glen Ridge road at Orange Glen High School. Turn right on Glen Ridge Road and proceed approximately 1 mile east to the cemetery gate. Turn left to parking area. Photos: Oak Hills Cemetary

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary Field Trip

February 17 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, 45 Riparian View
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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5 Riparian View, Irvine, CA 92612 (Thomas Guide to Orange County, page 859 J-7 / GPS: 33° 39.625', -117° 50.471')  Rating: Easy (Flat dirt trails) Directions: Take I-5 north to the San Diego Freeway I-405. Continue north on the I-405 a short distance and then take the Culver exit and turn left (south). At the first signal, which is Michelson, turn right. Continue west on Michelson and then turn left on Harvard. Continue south on Harvard and then turn right on…

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