Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Sequoia Audubon Sponsored Field Trips

Matt Hofeditz photo by Linda Vott
Visitors and guests are welcome!

  • All trips are open and suitable for beginners unless specifically marked.

  • Trips marked as Beginner's Trips include advice on binoculars and telescopes, and a short open-ended discussion on birding and the environment.

  • It is always a good idea to check with the field trip LEADER for confirmation on trips beyond the immediate area in case of last minute changes.

  • Note that some trips require reservations, see the individual descriptions for requirements.

  • Further information may be obtained from the listed Trip LEADER or from fieldtrips@sequoia-audubon.org.

  • A description for the event icons can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • This listing also includes trips and events not sponsored by Sequoia Audubon Society - listed for your information, only.

  • All phone numbers are for Area Code 650, unless otherwise stated.

Matt Hofeditz at Redwood Shores; photo by Linda Votteri


Note: All phone numbers are for Area Code 650, unless otherwise stated.

Field TripFIRST WEDNESDAYS

Weekday Walks and Field Trips with Donna Pomeroy on the First Wednesday of every month to some places we may not normally bird and usually in San Mateo County. For all trips carpooling is preferred. Contact Donna to arrange if a carpool location is not already suggested. Rain cancels trips.

Trip details found in dated listings below.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

2014

Don't forget to check Other Activities for field trips of interest not sponsored by SAS.

Field TripSeabirds of San Mateo County
Sunday, September 14, 8:00am

Join Sequoia Audubon Society for a field trip to Pigeon Point to view seabirds. This is the companion field trip to the Sept. 11 presentation by Alvaro Jaramillo. Binoculars and spotting scopes advised if you have them. SAS will have a scope if you don't.  Dress in layers. It can be quite cool and breezy along the coast. Heavy rain cancels.  

Directions: Take Hwy 1 south from Half Moon Bay for 20 miles.  Turn right at the lighthouse and drive to the end of the road to the parking area.

Leader: Mark Kudrav

Contact: Malia DeFelice malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, September 14,   8:00am - hike will last 3-4 hours

Explore this gem of a park with Susie Hons. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird year round. Hike 3-5 miles with some hills.

Directions: Take 280 to Edgewood Rd. in Woodside. Go east down Edgewood to the park entrance on the right. Meet at the Nature Center.

Leader: Susie Hons susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripfeeBluff Walk and Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay
Saturday, September 27,   9:00 am – Noon

This approximately 2.5 mi. loop walk will take us through Sweetwood Group Camp and along blufftop trails that overlook Dunes State Beach and Venice State Beach.
Frenchman's Creek mouth and Pilarcitos Creek mouth will also be visited during our walk.

Beginning Birders Welcome!

Directions: Meet at the restrooms at Venice Beach State Park. Park at Venice State Beach for a $10 day use fee (which can be used at any State Beach that day)  or there is free street parking at the north end of Pilarcitos Ave., at Wave Ave. and on adjacent streets. If opting for free parking, park, then walk towards the beach, where you will intersect with the paved coastal trail. Head north along the paved trail to the meet-up location at Venice State Beach.

Leaders:  Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward  malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com

Field TripPescadero State Beach
Wednesday, October 1,   8:00am - noon

We will meet at the furthest end of the second (middle) parking lot for Pescadero State Beach.  This is the dirt parking lot just south of the creek mouth.  It does not require a fee. We will spend some time looking for shorebirds and seabirds from the bluff, then drive a short distance to another part of the park to look for landbirds.  There is a wide variety of habitats in this park and we will hope to see quite a few species. Scopes will be very useful on this trip, so bring one along if you have one.  Expect cool and breezy weather here, but warmer when we go inland.

Directions: From Half Moon Bay, take Highway 1 south, about 15 miles toward Santa Cruz.  As you approach Pescadero, you will see extensive marsh on the east side of the highway and the second parking lot will be on your right, just after you cross the bridge over Pescadero Creek mouth.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field TripHawk HIll, Marin Headlands
Thursday, October 2, 11:00am - 2pm

There has been an official raptor count in the Marin Headlands for more than 25 years. Peak migration lasts from mid-September through mid-October. Robbie Fischer has been a Hawkwatch volunteer for ten years. We will enjoy the spectacle and attempt to identify raptors as they fly by Hawk Hill. Here is the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory website for additional background http://ggro.org/  

Directions: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the second exit, Alexander Avenue. Get in the left lane following signs that read "101 San Francisco." Turn left at the stop sign and cross under the freeway. Turn right onto Conzelman Road and drive 1.8 miles to Hawk Hill. Park alongside the road at the top of the hill, just before the road becomes one way. Walk up the west side of Hawk Hill past the locked gate. It's just a few hundred feet to the summit.

Bring binoculars, lunch and a chair if you like.

Leader: Robbie Fischer   robbie22@pacbell.net

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, October 12, 8:00am - hike will last 3 to 4 hours

Explore this gem of a park with Susie Hons. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird year round. Hike 3-5 miles with some hills.

Directions: Take 280 to Edgewood Rd. in Woodside. Go east down Edgewood to the park entrance on the right. Meet at the Nature Center.

Leader: Susie Hons susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripHalf Moon Bay Migrant Spots
Saturday, October 18, 8:00am - noon

We will meet at the Half Moon Bay Water Treatment Plant for the first leg of our trip. This gem of a birding hotspot can be fantastic for migrating warblers and other fall birds. The surrounding weedy fields are also good for unusual sparrows. We will spend time checking the fields and then go into the rich riparian area under the alders, which border Pilarcitos Creek as it flows to the ocean. From there we will caravan a short distance to (free) neighborhood parking along the north end of Pilarcitos Ave. at Wave Ave. and adjacent streets. For our second leg of our trip, we will then walk towards the beach, where we walk north and take a look at the bluff top area and beach for seabirds along Venice State Beach. We will then do the loop walk through Sweetwood Park looking for migrants. There are restrooms at the Venice Beach parking area.

Directions: We will meet at the Half Moon Bay Water Treatment Plant dirt parking area. The official address for the HMB Water Treatment Plant aka Half Moon Bay Sewer Authority is 1000 N. Cabrillo Hwy. However, the actual street where this is located is Bev Cunha Country Rd, which is accessed off the frontage Rd that parallels Hwy 1. From Hwy 1 take the Kehoe Ave. exit then turn left onto the frontage Rd then turn right onto Bev Cunha County Rd. Park at the dirt parking.

For more information check out the San Mateo County Birding Guide description for this site. Heavy Rain Cancels

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com 650-346-2009
(call if you are running late or lost)

Field TripFiloli Estate, Woodside
Saturday, October 25, 8:30am - noon

Filoli Estate is the property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  We have been invited for a morning of birding at this beautiful site on the edge of the San Francisco watershed land.   The grounds of Filoli have a beautiful formal garden surrounded by large oaks and trails leading to riparian, redwood and farm habitats.  Over 96 species of birds have been found here.  Reservations required because this trip is limited to 20 people maximum (sorry, no children under 14).  Participants may remain after the field trip to walk through the house and /or formal gardens at no charge.  No food or picnicking is allowed but light food and beverages at the Cafe are available for purchase and the gift shop will be open.  The Filoli Estate will close to the public after this weekend for the remainder of 2014 (except for Holiday Traditions.)

Directions: Take Hwy 280 to the Edgewood Road exit; go west.  Turn right/north on Canada Road and drive approx one mile to the entrance of Filoli.  We will meet in front of the Visitors Center.  Heavy Rain Cancels.

Call Sue James (650) 348-0315 to reserve your spot.

Leaders: Sue James and Martha O'Neal

Field TripWavecrest, Half Moon Bay
Wednesday, November 5, 9am - noon

The focus on this trip will be on raptors.  The grasslands of Wavecrest are an important wintering ground for a variety of species of raptors, especially White-tailed Kites, Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks, as well as Red-shouldered Hawks and American Kestrels. The numbers of these birds here are impressive.  We will also walk down to the bluffs overlooking the ocean and look for shorebirds and waterbirds. Expect cool and breezy weather.  Scopes will be useful here, so bring one along if you have one.

Directions: Meet at the west end of Wavecrest Road by the ballfields.  Wavecrest Road is 1.5 miles south of Highways 1 & 92 in Half Moon Bay at the intersection with the red double-decker bus at Cameron's Pub and Inn.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, November 9, 8:00am - hike will last 3 to 4 hours

Explore this gem of a park with Susie Hons. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird year round. Hike 3-5 miles with some hills.

Directions: Take 280 to Edgewood Rd. in Woodside. Go east down Edgewood to the park entrance on the right. Meet at the Nature Center.

Leader: Susie Hons susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripRedwood Shores
Sunday, November 16, 8:30am - noon

Redwood Shores is more than Radio Road.  Learn some of the other great places to bird.  Nob Hill Pond, Davit Lane, Starboard and Marlin Parks, and the Sofitel Lagoon are some of the sites we will visit.  We will take an approximately 5 mile walk over flat terrain, passing several restrooms.

Directions: Meet at 8:30 in front of Starbucks, next to Nob Hill Market located on Redwood Shores Parkway, about 1/3 mile east of the Holly Street/Redwood Shores Parkway exit off Highway 101.

Leader: Sonny Mencher   soccerquiz@yahoo.com

Field TripFoster City
Saturday, November 22, 8:30am - noon

Explore the ins and outs of Foster City - the Shell Bar, Sea Cloud Park, Port Royal and other little known spots.  This will be a walking/driving field trip.  Dress in layers, wear good shoes and bring a scope if you have one.  Meet at the small parking lot at Port Royal and Rock Harbor Lane.

Directions: from Hwy 101, take Hillsdale Blvd. east.  Turn right on Edgewater Blvd. and follow to the second Port Royal turn.  Turn right on Port Royal and at the point were the road turns right, turn left in to the little parking lot at Rock Harbor Lane.  Rain cancels.

Leader: Leslie Flint lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripPescadero State Beach and Environs
Saturday, November 29,   9am - 1pm

We will meet at the furthest end of the second (middle) parking lot for Pescadero State Beach. This is the parking lot just south of the creek mouth. It does not require a fee. We will spend some time looking for shorebirds and seabirds from the bluff. We will then drive a short distance to a dirt parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Pescadero Rd. where we will journey into the marsh and walk along trails which will allow us to view waterfowl, herons, egrets, raptors and other marsh birds up close and personal. If time and energy allows, we will head over to Water Lane to look for land birds. Water Lane takes us to the "back" of the marsh and is a great spot for warblers in fall and winter. There are a wide variety of habitats in this park and we will hope to see quite a few species. Expect cool and breezy weather here, but warmer when we go inland. Restrooms are located at the first parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: From Half Moon Bay, take Highway 1 south, about 15 miles toward Santa Cruz. As you approach Pescadero, you will see an extensive marsh on the east side of the highway and the second parking lot will be on your right, just after you cross the bridge over Pescadero Creek mouth. Heavy Rain Cancels

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com 650-346-2009
(call if you are running late or lost)

Field TripMillbrae Bayfront Park
Wednesday, December 3, 8:30am - 10:30am

Millbrae Bayfront Park is one of the best locations in San Mateo County to look for the endangered California Clapper Rail.  As high tide approaches at 9:30, we will have an excellent chance to see this normally elusive bird out in the open.  This is also an excellent location to view the large number of ducks and shorebirds that use this part of San Francisco Bay as a wintering ground.  Meet at the free public parking for the Marriott Hotel.

Directions: Bayfront Park is located at the corner of Millbrae Ave. and Old Bayshore. Take US 101 to the Millbrae exit, and go east. Where Millbrae Ave. ends, turn right onto Bayshore Hwy. Take your next available left (a turn lane is provided) into the Marriot Hotel's parking lot, and bear left. There are a handful of spaces set aside for Bayfront Park. There are a handful of overflow spaces in the Westin lot, which is the first right off of Bayshore after you turn off of Millbrae.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field TripCowell-Purisima Trail
Saturday, December 6, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Work off those Thanksgiving meals with a long, but easy, hike along our sumptuous coast! This morning's field trip will explore the new Cowell-Purisima Trail, opened by Peninsula Open Space Trust last year. We will be looking for raptors and grassland birds like sparrows and meadowlarks. Ocean views provide good sea watching opportunities for sea birds. This area features the coastal terrace prairie habitat, similar to Wavecrest and Blufftop parks further north in Half Moon Bay. At the turnaround point of our walk, there is a good riparian area where we can search for wintering warblers. This trip would be especially appropriate for photographers - both new and experienced - because of the sweeping vistas and hawks in flight. The plan is to walk a 4-mile roundtrip to the creek and back. The walk is flat except for the last descent into the creek area and return ascent back to the flat trail. There are restrooms at the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: meet at the parking lot on California Route 1, about three miles south of 92, across from Bob's produce stand.

Information: http://www.openspacetrust.org/activities/ outings_cowell_purisima_trail.html

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com 650-346-2009
(call if you are running late or lost)

Additional Field Trips will be added as the information becomes available.

Legend of Field Trip Symbols

Field Trip Wildlife Viewing

fee Fee required for part or all of this event

out of area trip Trip beyond local area, perhaps including an overnight stay

volunteer opportunity Volunteer Opportunity

beginner and family walk Beginner/Family walk

nature walk or viewing Nature Walk or Viewing

pelagic trip Pelagic (Ocean) Trip

motor tour Motor Tour

wheelchair accessible Wheelchair Accessible

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(not an official Sequoia Audubon event)

 

2014 S.A.S.