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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to check Other Activities for field trips of interest not sponsored by SAS.
Note: The 2nd Sunday field trips, led by Susie Hons at Edgewood County Park will be on break October-December. Susie will be back in January 2016!
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sunday, Oct 4, 8am - 11am
Golden Gate Audubon has been leading this walk on the first Sunday of every month for many years. Come along and enjoy the beautiful gardens at the peak of migration. We will stroll and bird for about 3 hours. Suitable for wheelchairs. Meet at the main entrance at 9th and Lincoln.
Directions: Take 280 north to 19th Avenue; take 19th Ave north, then turn right on Irving, then left on 9th. Cross Lincoln into the park. The entrance will be on your left. Park on the street.
Leaders: Ginny Marshall and other leaders; email@example.com
Pescadero State Beach
Wednesday, Oct 7, 9:00am - 12:00pm
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Saturday, Oct 10, 9:00am - 11:00am
Some of the best birding can be found right near the parking lot in the willows by the road and in the cypress trees by the picnic tables. So that is where we will start! We will then proceed down to the beach area to scan for seabirds and shorebirds. From there we will take a leisurely walk into the park itself where there is a mix of good riparian habitat and a dense stand of conifer trees which should have some good migrant warbler possibilities. We will have the option of walking down to the beach via the stairs at the south end of the park. Our trip back to the parking lot will be along the bluff top where we will have good views of the ocean and birds passing by.
Directions: Meet at the Fitzgerald Marine parking lot. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is located west of Highway 1 in Moss Beach, 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay, and 21 miles south of San Francisco. From Highway 1 at Moss Beach, turn west on California Avenue and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the street. The Reserve's main entrance is at the end of California Avenue. On weekends, allow 45 minutes to reach the Reserve from the intersection of Highways 280 and 92. There are restrooms at the parking lot.
Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward; email@example.com or 650-346-2009 (call if you are running late or lost). Heavy rain cancels.
The 5th Annual Big Sit!
Sunday October 11, 2015
Tuesday, Oct. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:30 AM to 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.
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
Wavecrest, Half Moon Bay
Wednesday, Nov 4, 9:00am - 12:00pm
The focus on this trip will be on raptors. The grasslands of Wavecrest are an important wintering grounds 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 ball fields. 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; email@example.com
Birding by bike, Seal Point to Coyote Point
Saturday, Nov 7, 9:00am - 12:00pm
On this biking trip we'll enjoy the many shorebirds, ducks, and other waterbirds migrating or wintering along the San Mateo County bay shore. We will explore Seal Point and the 3rd Avenue Marsh, then head along the Bay Trail towards Coyote Point. 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.
Directions: We'll meet at the westernmost parking lot of Seal Point Park. After you enter Seal Point Park from J. Hart Clinton Drive (3rd Ave) in San Mateo, head west out of the roundabout, and drive to the final parking lot.
Leader: Rob Furrow, firstname.lastname@example.org (heavy rain cancels)
San Gregorio State Beach
Saturday, Nov 14, 8:00am (half-day trip)
Meet at the main parking area; you will need to pay the State Park fee ($8) or have a State Parks pass. San Gregorio State Beach is located on State Route 1, at the intersection with State Route 84; it is easier, though, to come over State Route 92, then proceed south from Half Moon Bay. We will be looking for shorebirds, waterfowl, rails, and vagrant passerines. This is a half-day trip, over sometime in the noon hour. Bring sunscreen and water; a telescope can be useful if you have one. There is some hiking uphill.
For more information, contact leader Jennifer Rycenga at email@example.com
Winter Birds of Arastradero Preserve
Sunday, Nov 15, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Enid Pearson Arastradero Preserve is "birdy" any time of the year. We will walk 3-4 miles in rolling hills and investigate several different habitats. We will be looking especially for raptors and woodpeckers and we have a chance for Eagle.
Directions: Drive south on 280, exit at Page Mill Rd and turn right. Take another right onto Arastradero. The parking lot will be on the right.
Leader: Ginny Marshall; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pescadero State Beach and Environs
Saturday, Nov 21, 9:00am - 1:00pm
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 Road 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.
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.
Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward; email@example.com
650-346-2009 (call if you are running late or lost) Heavy rain cancels.
Millbrae Bayfront Park
Wednesday, Dec 9, 9:30am - 11:30am
(This is the Second Wednesday, to coincide with high tide)
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 10:30, we will have a very good 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 Hwy. Take US 101 to the Millbrae exit, and go east. Where Millbrae Ave. ends, turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy. Take your next available left (a turn lane is provided) into the Marriott Hotel's parking lot, and bear left. There are a handful of spaces here set aside for Bayfront Park. There are a handful of overflow spaces in the Westin lot, which is the first right off of Old Bayshore after you turn off of Millbrae Ave.
Leader: Donna Pomeroy; firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Dec 12, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Work off those holiday 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 such as 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 round-trip 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.
Directions: meet at the parking lot on California Route 1, about three miles south of 92, across from Bob's produce stand.
Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward contact: email@example.com or 650-346-2009 (call if you are running late or lost) Heavy rain cancels.