Palomar Mountain Field Trip

Palomar Mountain State Park 19952 State Park Rd, Palomar, CA

Rating: Moderate (uneven mountain trail, elevation climb) (Thomas Guide: 409-G7 / GPS:  33.341822,-116.901355) Directions: This field trip will start from the parking lot at Doane Pond. Leave the Escondido area before 7 a.m. From I-15, take Highway 76 east to Highway … Continue reading

Lake Murray Field Trip

Lake Murray Community Park 6320 Park Ridge Blvd, San Diego, CA

(Thomas Guide: 1250 E-6 / GPS: 32.790891,-117.046076) Rating: Easy to Moderate (Dirt & Paved city park trails) Directions: Take I-8 east to the Lake Murray Blvd. Exit and proceed 1 mile north (right turn) to Baltimore Drive. Turn left and … Continue reading

Guajome Regional Park Field Trip

Guajome Regional Park 3003 Guajome Lake Rd, Oceanside, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Tijuana Estuary & Slough

Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Tecolote Canyon Park Field Trip

Tecolote Canyon Park 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego, CA

(Thomas Guide:  1268  F2 / GPS: 32.775182, -117.200680) Rating: Moderate (dirt trails) Please Note: Summer birding can be very warm. So be sure to bring sunscreen and sufficient water on walks. This is a great spot for finding both resident and … Continue reading

Robb Field/San Diego River Tidal Mud Flats Bird Walk

Robb Field Recreation Center 2525 Bacon St,, San Diego, CA

(Thomas Guide: 1267-J5 / GPS: 32.755448,-117.241741) Rating: Easy Please Note: Summer birding can be very warm. So be sure to bring sunscreen and sufficient water on walks. We will visit two locations along the San Diego River Floodway to look … Continue reading

Stonewall Mine & Cuyamaca Lake

Julian (Thomas Guide:  1176-E6 / GPS: 32.959848, -116.579073)  Rating:  Moderate (dirt trails) Please Note: Summer birding can be very warm. So be sure to bring sunscreen and sufficient water on walks. We should see mountain birds as well as waterfowl at … Continue reading

Santee Lakes Field Trip

Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Dairy Mart Pond/Tijuana River Valley Field Trip

Dairy Mart Pond 2564 Dairy Mart Rd, San Diego, CA

(Thomas Guide:  1350-D5 / GPS: 32.554229,-117.062579) Rating: Easy to Moderate (Mostly flat dirt trails and some paved walkways) Directions: From North County, take the I-15 south and merge with the I-5 south to the Dairy Mart Road Exit.  Turn right … Continue reading

Kit Carson Park Bird Walk

Kit Carson Park 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA

(Thomas Guide: 1150-C1 / GPS: 33.080179,-117.060199) Rating: Easy (Level, paved walkways, dirt trail, and grass) Woodland, riparian, and open-area habitats will usually get us a nice list of resident birds. Directions: From I-15 in Escondido, exit east on Via Rancho … Continue reading

Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Bird Walk

Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Canyonside Park Driveway, San Diego, CA

(Thomas Guide: 1189-C7 / GPS:  32.939917,-117.139108) Rating: Easy to Moderate (Level dirt trails) Please Note: Summer birding can be very warm. So be sure to bring sunscreen and sufficient water on walks. warm weather.  Restrooms located at the start of … Continue reading

Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip

Oak Hill Memorial Park 2640 Glenridge Rd, Escondido, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Batiquitos Lagoon Bird Walk

Bataquitos Lagoon 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Kumeyaay Lake Bird Walk

Kumeyaay Lake 10500 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA

(Thomas Guide: 1230-G6 / GPS: 32.840023,-117.034222) Rating:Easy to Moderate (Flat dirt and paved walkways)  We will look for ducks, waterfowl, and riparian birds.  Can expect some fall migration birds. Expect warm weather. Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to … Continue reading

San Elijo Lagoon Bird Walk

San Elijo Lagoon 899 N Rios Ave, Solana Beach, CA

(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 … Continue reading