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October 2019

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve & Huntington Central Park

October 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Bolsa Chica, 18332 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648 United States
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  (Thomas Guide: O.C. 857-C3 / GPS: 33.695584,-118.046917) Rating:Easy to Moderate (Flat dirt & paved walkways, grass) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest coastal salt marsh preserve in the Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan region. Its 300 acres are a vital oasis for resident shorebirds and millions of migrating birds traveling between the Arctic and South America along the Pacific Flyway. At Huntington Central Park we will see locals and possibly vagrant migrants. We will bird at the Reserve first…

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November 2019

Lake Hodges East/Bernardo Bay Field Trip

November 9, 2019 @ 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 and Here

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Lindo Lakes Field Trip

November 16, 2019 @ 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) A great assortment of birds is always found here. Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to Hwy.52 east to Mission Gorge Rd. Turn left and continue east to Woodside Ave.  Go under the Hwy 67 overpass staying on Woodside Ave (into Lakeside) to end at the Lindo Lake County Park. From San Diego, take I-8 east to Hwy 67 north, and take the Riverford…

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South Bay Salt Works

November 23, 2019 @ 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 2019

Live Oak County Park/Los Jilgueros Preserve

December 7, 2019 @ 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. After the walk at Los Jilgueros Preserve, a buffet lunch is being served two minutes away at the Walkley's. Directions: A word of caution: several GPS models do not work well in the Fallbrook area. It is best to follow these instructions.  Take I-15 north…

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Batiquitos Lagoon Bird Walk

December 14, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Bataquitos Lagoon, 7380 Gabbiano Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1127-A7 / GPS: 33.093537,-117.301308) Rating:Easy (Flat dirt walkways) We will look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and riparian birds. Directions: From I-5 in Carlsbad, exit east on Poinsettia Lane. Turn right on Batiquitos Drive, drive about ½ mile to Gabbiano Lane, turn right and continue to the end.  Park on the street in the residential area.   Photos: Bataquitos Lagoon Further Information on Location Here  

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Tijuana Estuary & 7th Street Bird Walk

December 21, 2019 @ 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 28, 2019 @ 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 28. 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 2020

Dixon Lake Field Trip

January 4 @ 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 11 @ 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 18 @ 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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February 2020

Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip

February 1 @ 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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Guajome Regional Park Field Trip

February 8 @ 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 curving left and drive 4.4 miles to Highway 76.  Make a right turn and continue east about ½ mile to Lake Guajome Rd. Turn right (south) and drive up the hill past the park entrance. We usually convene on this road beyond the park entrance since we gather well before the park opens. Several restrooms within the…

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary Field Trip

February 15 @ 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…

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Santee Lakes Field Trip

February 22 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve, 9310 Fanita Parkway
Santee, CA 92071 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1231-A5 / GPS: 32.846928,-117.00423) Rating:Easy to Moderate (Flat paved walkways and grass) Directions: From I-15 go east on Hwy 52. Exit at Mast Blvd. Continue east on Mast Blvd. to Fanita Parkway. Turn right and continue south to the entrance to Santee Lakes on your right. Car entry fee is $5. OR from Mast Blvd, turn left on Fanita Parkway, and continue north to Lake Canyon Dr. Turn right, park and walk in the open gate for FREE.…

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