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

2017

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

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, July 9, 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 & 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 Contact: susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field Tripout of area trip Mono Lake Basin & Eastern Sierra Slope (Full with wait-list)
Friday July 21 - Sunday July 23

Join us for spectacular scenery and birding in a variety of habitats around Mono Lake, Lee Vining, and the Eastern slope of the Sierra.

On Friday we'll meet at our motel in the afternoon and head out to some local spots to see the common residents of the area before having an early supper. This will be followed by an optional evening trip to search for Common Poorwill and Common Nighthawk.

On Saturday we'll start at dawn, heading east into the local canyons to look for the special birds of the region including Plumbeous Vireo, Virginia's Warbler, Juniper Titmouse, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, and multitudes of desert sparrows. After lunch we'll escape the heat by working our way into the Eastern Sierra for woodpeckers (White-headed and Hairy Woodpeckers, Williamson's and Red-breasted Sapsuckers), flycatchers (dusky, gray and willow), Pinyon Jay, Thick-billed Fox Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, and other mountain specialities.

Sunday morning will also start early, searching for sagebrush specialties such as Greater Sage Grouse, Sagebrush Sparrow, Sage Thrasher and Brewer's Sparrow. We'll end our time together in the high Sierra by having brunch/lunch at a nearby resort with feeders and gardens that attract high-altitude species including Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Cassin's Finch, Mountain Chickadee and Clark's Nutcracker.

This trip is very popular and is limited to 14 participants. At time of publication this trip is full; contact Adam Dudley to be placed on the wait-list.

Leader: Adam Dudley Contact: Adam.Dudley@iCloud.com

Field TripPillar Point and Princeton Harbor
Friday, July 28, 9:00am - 12:00pm RSVP

Please confirm if you intend to attend this field trip so we know to expect you or in case we need to cancel due to weather

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, plus water and snacks. A primitive restroom is available at the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

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".

Leaders: Chris Hayward and Malia DeFelice. RSVP: malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com. If you are running late text or call 650-346-2009.

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, August 13, 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 & 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 Contact: susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripEnid Pearson Arastradero Preserve
Sunday, August 27, 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 Contact: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripfeeCoyote Point County Park
Wednesday, September 6, 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 101 and follow the signs to the park.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, September 10, 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 & 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 Contact: susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripHawk Hill - Marin Headlands
Tuesday, September 12, 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. The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory website for additional background is at 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 Contact: robbie22@pacbell.net

Field TripMoss Landing/Elkhorn Slough; RSVP REQUIRED
Wednesday September 13, 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 Contact: lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripfeeBirding by Kayak, Redwood Creek and Bair Island – RSVP Required
Sunday, September 24, 9:30 am

Cost $30 (a special offered to us by California Canoe and Kayak RWC)
Trip will last three to four hours.

Join Barbara Kossy and explore Redwood Creek by kayak, looking for shorebirds, raptors, terns, cormorants and more. We meet at 9:30 at the center to get our life jackets, have a brief kayak lesson on land, and launch in double kayaks. Late September conditions are usually mild, with warm temperatures and light breezes.This trip is limited to 8 participants plus the guides. Please be comfortable around water and be able to sit in a kayak for three hours. Be willing to paddle. There may be no landing places, so we'll carry snacks and water in our kayaks and lunch after the trip. We can picnic on the lovely property after our trip.

To confirm, please RSVP to Barbara Kossy at bkossy@coastside.net. Leave me your phone number and a good time to reach you. I'm also available to answer questions you may have about the trip. I will talk with you to confirm that you're a good fit for the trip. Predictions of strong wind will cancel.

Directions: Meet at California Canoe and Kayak, Redwood City, 487 Seaport Court, Redwood City. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get wet. Avoid cotton. We'll launch from a low dock. I recommend you bring a change of clothes, water, snacks, a lunch the post trip picnic, and wear sunscreen. Bring waterproof binoculars. Your hands will get wet and salty. However we will be close enough to birds that binoculars are not required.

Leader: Barbara Kossy who has lead kayaking trips on Italian islands and on Bulgaria's Black Sea.
RSVP: bkossy@coastside.net.

Field TripfeeBeach Bluff Walk and Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay
Friday, September 29, 9:00am - 12:00pm

RSVP - Please confirm if you intend to attend this field trip so we know to expect you or in case we need to cancel due to weather

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 parking lot 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: Chris Hayward and Malia DeFelice. RSVP: malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com. If you are running late text or call 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. May include car pooling.

wheelchair accessible Wheelchair Accessible

bicycle Birding by Bicycle

 

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