San Mateo County, California
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 email@example.com
Don't forget to check Other Activities for field trips of interest not sponsored by SAS.
Though these are not Sequoia Audubon Field Trips, July marks the start of the Pelagic Trip season which runs roughly from July – October. The best way to see seabirds that rarely visit land, is to book a pelagic trip!
Alvaro's Adventures will be running trips out of Half Moon Bay. Visit Alvaro Jaramillo's website for more information http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/
Debi Shearwater will start her Shearwater Journey's pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay in August. Information for Debi's pelagic trips can be found here: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/
Enid Pearson Arastradero Preserve
Sunday August 21, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Arastradero is a wonderful park with rolling hills, oak trees and meadowland. We will look for Western Bluebirds, Swallows, Lazuli Bunting, Acorn Woodpeckers and several hawk species. Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle are also possible here. We will walk 2-4 miles at birders' pace. It can get hot here so bring water.
Directions: take highway 280 south. Exit Page Mill Rd and go west (right). Turn right on Arastradero Road. The parking lot will be on the right.
Leader: Ginny Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Rarely Birded Spots in San Mateo County - Stulsaft Park
Thursday, August 25, 6:00pm - 9:00 pm
This hidden gem in the foothills of Redwood City features a surprising habitat mix and a little-explored trail system. We will meet for a late afternoon/early evening hike, hoping to hear Western Screech-Owl at the end of the day. A perfect after-dinner bird search, we'll observe roosting behaviors, bed-time bird song, and more.
Directions: Meet at the main entrance to the park, at 3737 Farm Hill Blvd. Steady rain cancels.
Leader: Jennifer Rycenga: email@example.com
Radio Road by Bike
Saturday, August 27, 9:00am - 11:30am
High tide brings many shorebirds to roost at the Radio Road ponds in Redwood Shores. On this biking trip, we'll enjoy these birds, then ride the bike trails over to several nearby ponds and parks. Expect a nice array of shorebirds, the first of the returning winter ducks, and hopefully some songbird migration. 3-4 miles of biking in total. Heavy rain cancels. Any bike is fine, but you should come prepared with binoculars, water, sunscreen, warm clothes, and snacks. Helmets are required.
Directions: Meet by the dog park on Radio Road in Redwood Shores. Once Radio Road hits a T at the ponds, turn right to find parking by the dog park.
Leader: Rob Furrow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coyote Point County Park
Wednesday, September 7, 9:00am - 12:00pm
We will meet at the parking lot by the Yacht Club for a leisurely stroll around Coyote Point Park looking at the abundant shorebirds and hopefully, some fall migrants. With such a variety of habitats at Coyote Point, we should be able to see quite a number of species. There is an admission charge to the park of $6 or free for seniors.
Directions: Exit Peninsula Ave from Hwy 101and follow the signs to the park.
Leader: Laurie Graham: email@example.com
Edgewood County Park
Sunday, September 11, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Explore this gem of a park while hiking 3-6 miles through oak woodlands, some hills and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird year round.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 13, 11:00am - 2:00pm
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; email@example.com
Rarely Birded Spots in San Mateo County - Coal Creek Open Space Preserve
Sunday, September 18, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wedged between the better-known Russian Ridge, Monte Bello and Windy Hill Preserves, Coal Creek is one of the least-known Open Space Preserves in the county. Join us for this leisurely 2-mile round-trip hike. We will be searching the skies for migrating raptors, and the edges along the old Alpine Road (now a hiking trail) for migrating passerines. Bring your camera for extraordinary views, too!
Directions: We will meet at the Vista Point pullout along Skyline Boulevard (SR 35), 1.2 miles north of Page Mill Road and about 6 miles south of Woodside Road (SR 84), across from Russian Ridge gate RR01. Visit the park map if you are unfamiliar with this area, at http://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/pr_coal_creek.pdf, and on the San Mateo County Birding Guide.
Leader: Jennifer Rycenga: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moss Landing/Elkhorn Slough; RSVP REQUIRED
Wednesday, September 21 (whole day trip) 8:30am - 3:00pm
This trip will explore some of Monterey County's best fall birding hotspots. We will plan to bird at Moss Landing, Moon Glow Dairy, Zmudowsky State Beach, and other spots as we have time. Plan to have lunch with the group at a great local seafood restaurant.
Contact the leader to reserve a space and for carpooling and directions info.
Leader: Leslie Flint: email@example.com
Seeking Vagrants at Point Reyes National Seashore
Saturday & Sunday; October 1 & 2
RSVP required no later than 8/22/2016 Trip limited to 12 participants.
Join us for spectacular birding at one of the best locations in the country! In early October fall migration is in full swing, and this is peak time for arrival of vagrant species that may have been blown off course. Our trip will focus on looking for any vagrants that have been previously reported, as well as visiting most of the well-known vagrant "traps" to find our own! Certain species of wood warblers reliably appear every fall: American redstarts and Palm, Blackpoll, Prairie, and Chestnut-sided warblers are some of the most "common" vagrants, but almost anything can turn up. With a supporting cast of returning winter visitors, this is an amazing place to spend a fall weekend! This trip will start with dinner on the evening of Friday Sept 30.
Due to the extremely low availability of hotel rooms in early October, please confirm your participation to Adam Dudley (Adam.Dudley@iCloud.com) by August 22 at the latest.