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

2015

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

Field TripPillar Point Harbor
Wednesday, January 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round. We should find a variety of resident birds and wintering shorebirds. Most of the walking will be on fairly level dirt trails, but if time permits, we may hike up onto the bluff top for a better view out to sea. Scopes will be useful here, so if you have one, bring it along. A primitive restroom is available at the parking lot.

Directions: The harbor is located just west of Coast Highway One, 18 miles south of San Francisco and 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay. From Coast Highway One, turn west at the stoplight at Capistrano Road and continue along the north side of the harbor to Prospect Way. Turn left onto Prospect, then a brief jog right on Broadway, to an immediate left on Harvard Avenue. Proceed through the boat yards to the end of Harvard Avenue, then turn right onto West Point Avenue, which curves around a marshy area and heads uphill to an Air Force Radar Facility. Meet at the "West Shoreline Access" parking lot below the "Golf Ball".

Information: http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/description.php?loc=18&p=0

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Wavecrest - Raptors, Sparrows, and Short-eared Owls
Saturday, January 10, 2:30PM - 6:00PM

The North Wavecrest area is considered by the Sequoia Audubon Society as the most important habitat for wintering raptors in San Mateo County, supporting a greater diversity of raptors and number of individuals than any other site. We expect to see Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern Harriers, White-tailed Kites, American Kestrels and then at dusk we will make a special effort to see the Short-eared Owl (a species of special concern) that winter here every year. If we are lucky, we may see rarities such as Ferruginous Hawk or Rough-legged Hawk.

Directions: Take Hwy 1 South from Hwy 92. Turn right (west) on Wavecrest Road. Meet at the ball field at the end of Wavecrest Road at 2:30PM

Leader: Gary Deghi gdeghi@h-bgroup.com

Beginner/Advanced/Family Birding Trip

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, January 11, 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

You might consider planning a weekend birding getaway by participating
in BOTH San Benito County trips on the weekend of Jan 17 and 18.

Field Tripout of area trip Raptors of San Benito County 
Saturday, January 17, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Let's explore the backroads of San Benito County in search of Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons (and whatever else we might find).  Meet at Paicines Reservoir on Hwy 25 south of Hollister.  

Directions: From San Mateo, take Hwy 101 south to Hwy 25; follow Hwy 25 through Hollister to Paicines. Meet at Paicines Reservoir, on the right just past the junction of Hwy 25 and County Road J1, 13 miles south of Hollister.  Contact leader for carpooling info.

Leader: Leslie Flint lflint@earthlink.net

Field Tripout of area tripPanoche Valley 
Sunday, January 18,  8:30am –  5:00pm

Panoche Valley lies between Hwy 101 and Hwy 5 in San Benito County. Winter in Little Panoche Valley is great for raptors! Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Prairie Falcon are all possible. We also hope to see Roadrunner, Lewis's Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Mountain Bluebird, Rufous-crowned and Vesper Sparrows.  In a good year, we may find Mountain Plover, Chukar, Sage Thrasher and possibly Bald Eagle. Bring lunch and liquids and a full tank of gas as there are no gas stations between Hollister and I-5.

Directions: Meet at 8:30am at Paicines Reservoir, on the right just past the junction of Hwy 25 and County Road J1, 13 miles south of Hollister. From San Mateo, take Hwy 101 south to Hwy 25; follow Hwy 25 through Hollister to Paicines.

Leaders: Gary Deghi gdeghi@h-bgroup.com 650-208-8711 and Francis Toldi  ftoldi@earthlink.net  650-678-1864 

Field TripNob Hill Pond and Redwood Shores
Saturday, January 31,  9:00 am - 12:30 pm  

Plan to spend an enjoyable morning viewing and identifying a  variety of ducks and other waterbirds which we should be able to view up close in the pond behind Nob Hill Market.  After we explore this area, we can check  out some of the other excellent birding sites in Redwood Shores.   This walk will be on either sidewalk or well maintained trails, mostly level ground, however, good hiking or walking shoes are recommended. Restrooms may be found in the nearby shopping center. Beginning birders and families welcome! Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them.  Will have a  limited number of binoculars to loan. 

Directions: Take the Redwood Shores Parkway exit east from Hwy 101 and go past the shopping plaza that gives the areaits name (from its anchor grocery store, Nob Hill). Turn right on Bridge Parkway. Almost immediately, take a right at Tiller Lane (there is a small city park in front of you, named "Mariner Park"). Follow Tiller Lane to it's end point, where you take a left on Spar. Follow Spar to it's end, where there is a small cul-de-sac that has parking spaces for three or four vehicles (you can also park in the residential area if necessary).  We will meet here at the end of Spar Lane.

HEAVY RAIN CANCELS

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

Field TripPescadero State Beach
Wednesday, February 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 explore another part of the park. 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.

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. We will meet in the northern end of the lot.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, February 8, 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 TripBayfront Park
Friday, February 13,  9:00am - 11:00am 

Bedwell Bayfront Park has a nice variety of habitats which means you may see a good variety of birds, including ducks, shorebirds and various sparrows.  This trip is part of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Directions:Take the Marsh Road off ramp from Highway 101 in Menlo Park and head east.  Where the road ends go straight into the park.  Meet at the parking lot by the bathroom.

Leader: Rich Ferrick  richferrick@comcast.net

Field TripPescadero Marsh
Friday, February 13,  2:pm - 5:00pm

This will be part of the Great Backyard Bird Count and what a backyard!  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, heron's, egrets, raptors and other marsh birds up close and personal. If time and energy allows, we will head back to the parking lot where we met, then walk across and under the bridge the explore the middle and north pond. 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.

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

Field TripPillar Point Harbor
Saturday, Feb. 14   - Time and Leader to be announced

This field trip for the Great Backyard Bird Count visits the wonderful Pillar Point Harbor.  Expect loons, grebes and sea ducks and we will look for rocky shorebirds and Peregrine Falcon.

Directions: The harbor is located just west of Coast Highway One, 18 miles south of SanFrancisco and 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay. From Coast Highway One, turn west at the stoplight at Capistrano Road and continue along the north side of the harbor to Prospect Way. Turn left onto Prospect, then a brief jog right on Broadway, to an immediate left on Harvard Avenue. Proceed through the boat yards to the end of Harvard Avenue, then turn right onto West Point Avenue, which curves around a marshyarea and heads uphill to an Air Force Radar Facility.  Meet at the parking lot below the "Golf Ball"

Leader: to be announced.  Contact Ginny Marshall  ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripPigeon Point Lighthouse
Sunday, February 15,  9:00am - 11:00am 

This trip for the Great Backyard Bird Count visits this gem on the coast just south of Pescadero.  We will look for the threatened Tricolored Blackbird, and scan for seabirds and ducks on the ocean.  Maybe we will see whales or dolphins as well.

Directions: take Highway One south past Pescadero,  Turn right on Pigeon Point Rd.  Park in or near the lighthouse parking lot.

Leader: Ginny Marshall  ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripCoyote Point
Monday, February 16,  9:00am - 11:00am 

Visit Coyote Point as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count.  The marsh and mud flats host thousands of wintering birds and rare sparrows often turn up in winter.  Maybe you will see the resident Harlequin Duck.  An entrance fee may be charged.

Directions: From the south: take Highway 101 to Peninsula Ave East and follow the signs to Coyote Point.  From the north:  exit at Poplar Ave and go west.  Turn right on N Humboldt and then right on Peninsula Ave.  Follow the signs to Coyote Point.  Meet at the parking lot by the Yacht Club (at the end of the road)

Leader: Rich Ferrick  richferrick@comcast.net

Field TripNob Hill Pond and Redwood Shores
Wednesday, March 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nob Hill Pond is a very productive area for a variety of ducks and other waterbirds. After we explore this area, we may have time to check out some of the other excellent birding sites in Redwood Shores. This will be an easy walk on mostly level ground. Bring scopes if you have them. Restrooms may be found in the nearby shopping center.

Directions: Take the Redwood Shores Parkway exit east from Hwy 101 and go past the shopping plaza that gives the area its name (from its anchor grocery store, Nob Hill). Turn right on Bridge Parkway. Almost immediately, take a right at Tiller Lane (there is a small city park in front of you, named "Mariner Park"). Follow Tiller Lane to its end point, where you take a left on Spar. Follow Spar to its end, where there is a small cul-de-sac that has parking spaces for three or four vehicles (you can also park in the residential area if necessary). We will meet here at the end of Spar Lane.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, Mach. 8,  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 TripArastradero Preserve
Sunday, March 15, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Spring is almost here, birds will be singing and hawks will be nesting.  We will hike 2-3 miles in rolling hills.  We'll admire the wildflowers and celebrate the imminent arrival of spring.

Directions: Take Highway 280 to Page Mill Rd and go west.  Turn right on Arastradero Rd.  The parking lot for Enid Pearson Arastradero Preserve will be on the right.

Leader: Ginny Marshall  ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripBurleigh Murray State Park
Saturday, March 21, 8:30am - Noon   

Come celebrate Spring with a bird walk! Burleigh Murray State Park is a former ranch. The park's only active trail consists of the old ranch road. The habitats include mature eucalyptus groves, grassy valleys, and an extensive riparian corridor along the ranch road. It is a pleasingly birdy hike of just over a mile from the parking lot to the barn, with nearly constant activity and bird sounds. The road gains elevation quite slowly, and would be an appropriate trail for people with mild mobility issues. There are 3 bathrooms along the route. We should anticipate spring migrants including Allen's Hummingbird and Wilson's Warbler.  Birds to expect include California Quail, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Bewick's and Pacific Wrens, Wrentit, Dark-eyed Junco, and finches. 

Directions: Burleigh Murray State Park is located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. Visible  as a landmark, from SR1, is a local Fire Station at the corner of Main St. and Higgins Canyon Rd. The park is about 1.5  miles east on the left side of Higgins-Purisima Road.  

HEAVY RAIN CANCELS

Leadesr: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward
Contact malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com  650-346-2009 

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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