Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Sequoia Audubon Field Trips

SAS Field Trip
Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay. Trip led by Malia DeFelice & Chris Hayward (on the far right.) Photo by Malia DeFelice


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.

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

Recurring Activities

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

2016

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

Download February Field Trips Flyer (PDF)

Field TripPillar Point and Princeton Harbor GBBC!
Friday, February 12, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Trip cancelled due to last minute scheduling of the Mavericks Big Wave competition
which will cut off our access to the point.

This trip is intended for beginners, as well as experienced birders. We will explore this bird rich area, collecting data for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Please join us, and encourage friends, family, children, and adults to discover the joys of birding!

Join us on a weekday for birding this popular destination without the weekend crowds. Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round with great habitat for a variety of waterbirds. 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. Bring binoculars, camera, and a scope if you have them. Water, sunscreen and snacks are good too. A primitive restroom is available at the parking lot.

Directions: The harbor is located just west of Hwy 1, 18 miles south of San Francisco and 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay. From Hwy 1, 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". Heavy rain cancels.

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

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Seal Slough GBBC!
Saturday, February 13, 8am - 11am

This trip is intended for beginners, as well as experienced birders. We will explore this bird rich area, collecting data for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Please join us, and encourage friends, family, children, and adults to discover the joys of birding! We'll walk a 2.5 mile return trip along this waterway, a great place to see and learn about the birds that use this part of San Francisco Bay as a wintering ground. The slough is an under-birded location that supports a large number of ducks, shorebirds, herons, pelicans and gulls. It provides for extremely close views of the birds from the convenient footpath.

Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: Meet at the Trail parking lot at the corner of Port Royal Avenue and Rock Harbor Lane in Foster City.

Leader: Adam Dudley, Adam.Dudley@iCloud.com (650)-278-5995 (call if you are running late or lost).

Field Tripbeginner and family walk feeHalf Moon Bay State Beach – Francis Beach GBBC!
Saturday, February 13, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Parking at the State Beach is $10 per car.

You may come on foot or bike in for free.

Join us and take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count! This trip is intended for beginners and experienced birders alike. The trip will start at the Visitor Center at Francis Beach and head north on the Coastal Trail to Venice Beach and Sweetwood with stops along a trail in the back dunes that are restored with native plants which attract many birds, as well as stops on the beach to view the wintering flock of snowy plovers.

The Coastal Trail is paved and level making for easy walking. The dune trail is fairly level on dirt and sand. There will be some walking in sand to seek out the snowy plovers and other birds on the beach.

Bring binoculars, camera, and scope if you like. You may check out binoculars at the State Parks Visitor Center to use for the walk if you don't have your own. Come out and bird with us and help find birds to add to our GBBC list!

Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: Meet at the State Park Visitor Center at Francis Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. From the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 92 take Highway 1 south to the next intersection which is Kelly Avenue. Take Kelly Avenue west. The park is located at the west end of Kelly Avenue. The Visitor Center is on the south edge of the day parking lot.

Leaders: Rita Jennings and Ginny Conboy
Contact: HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov (650)726-8819

Field TripEdgewood County Park with Susie Hons
Sunday, February 14, 8:00am - 12:00pm

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 TripLaurelwood Park and Sugarloaf Mountain - GBBC!
Sunday, February 14, 10:00am - 12:00pm

This trip is intended for beginners, as well as experienced birders. We will explore this bird-rich area, collecting data for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

Please join us, and encourage friends, family, children, and adults to discover the joys of birding! Come explore this under-birded area in the heart of San Mateo. Riparian, oak, and open habitats combine to make what appears to be a small municipal park into an expansive mix of habitats. We can expect to see Nuttall's Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, Townsend's Warbler, and raptors overhead. This walk will include some climbing, so wear good shoes.

Directions: Park on Glendora Drive in San Mateo, and meet at the playground area below. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripRadio Road - GBBC!
Sunday, February 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

This trip is intended for beginners, as well as experienced birders. We will explore this bird rich area, collecting data for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Meet at the Radio Road Pond in Redwood Shores.

Directions: From US 101, take exit 411 and go east on Redwood Shores Parkway for a few miles. Go past Shearwater Parkway, and look for the tall electrical towers just past a slough on your right. There is a sign there that says "SBSA 1400 Radio Road." Turn right at this sign; you are now on Radio Road. You come to a stop sign; in front of you are the ponds of Radio Road; to your right is the Dog Park; to your left is the left spur of Radio Road. Take a right to reach the main parking for Radio Road and South Bayside System Authority. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripJasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University - GBBC!
Monday, February 15, 8:30am - 11:00am

This trip is intended for beginners, as well as experienced birders. We will explore this bird rich area, collecting data for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

Please join us, and encourage friends, family, children (12 years and up), and adults to discover the joys of birding! On-going projects at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve contributes to the understanding of the Earth's natural systems through research, education, and protection of the Preserve's resources.

The only access to this area is through docent led tours such as this one. Trip is limited to 10 people. E-mail Sonny to reserve a space: soccerquiz@yahoo.com Those without e-mail call (650) 814-8028.

Directions: Directions and meetup location to be shared when registration is confirmed. From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd. Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine.

Leader: Sonny Mencher: soccerquiz@yahoo.com or 650-814-8028

Field TripNob Hill Pond and Redwood Shores
Wednesday, March 2, 9:00am - 12:00pm

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 TripCandlestick & Heron's Head Parks
Sunday, March 6, 9:00am – 12:00pm

In Candlestick Park between September and April it is possible to see most of our local shorebirds on the mudflats along the entrance road and in the protected cove north of Candlestick Point. The open water is usually good for diving ducks including Scaup, Scoters, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads and Red-breasted Mergansers. We will watch also for Western, Clark's, Horned, and Eared Grebes. Then we will caravan to Heron's Head, a site notable for breeding Black-necked Stilts, rare in San Francisco.

Directions: From Hwy 101, take exit 429A toward Candlestick Park. Turn slight right onto Alanna Rd. Turn left onto Harney Way. Turn right onto Jamestown Ave. Use the main entrance by the kiosk and drive to the southern end of the parking lot. Rain cancels.

Leader: Robbie Fischer: robbie22@pacbell.net

Field TripEdgewood County Park with Susie Hons
Sunday, March 13, 8:00am - 12:00pm

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 TripBurleigh Murray State Park - Spring Bird Walk!
Saturday, March 26, 9:00am - 1:00pm

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 2 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.

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward. Contact: 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. May include car pooling.

wheelchair accessible Wheelchair Accessible

 

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