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

Field TripMonthly Beginner Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park, 2nd Saturdays, October 2017 - April 2018

Join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner bird walk. We should see wintering ducks and shorebirds, perhaps egrets, a raptor (hawk) or two, and some LBBs (little brown birds). Bring binoculars if you have them: if not, we'll share ours with you.

Meet at the parking lot by restrooms at Bedwell Bayfront Park on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10am to noon. Heavy rain cancels. All are welcome!

For more information: Adam Dudley adam.dudley@icloud.com

2018

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

Field TripfeeGreat Backyard Bird Count!
"Slow birding" Coyote point and Seal Point Park -- RSVP Required
Friday, February 16, 8:00am - 11:00am

This is a great area for winter birding: most of the species of ducks, grebes, gulls, shorebirds, sparrows, and raptors that occur along the Bay in winter can be found here. We will explore Coyote Point County Park both up on the "hill", down by the marsh and along the shoreline. If time allows we may also explore the less known "north-west" end of the park. Our visit will coincide with a rising tide, and there is a chance of seeing a great variety of species in a morning here! The trip is suitable for beginner and experienced birders alike.

Fee: There is a $6.00 entrance fee at Coyote Park or senior citizens free on weekdays. Be prepared with exact amount at the pay station on weekdays.

Directions: Meet at the parking area at the south east most portion of the park near the Yacht Club

Leaders: Join leaders Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward to explore this fantastic winter birding location! Please RSVP to Mailia malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com or for more informattion.

Field TripGreat Backyard Bird Count!
Windy Hill OSP
Saturday, February 17, 8:00a.m. - 12pm

Join leader Jennifer Rycenga on this Great Backyard Bird Count walk in Windy Hill OSP. This fantastic park has a good selection of winter visitors, including the possibility of seeing wood ducks, white-breasted nuthatch, and other oak specialities. Meet at 8am at the Portola Valley trailhead.

Leader: Jennifer Rycenga smcbgeditor@earthlink.net

Field TripGreat Backyard Bird Count!
Mori Point
Sunday, February 18, 8:00a.m. - 11:30am

Experience a variety of habitats as we explore this gem on the Pacifica coast. We will listen for singing thrashers and scan for seabirds on the ocean.

Directions: Meet at the corner of Bradford and Mori Pt Rd in Pacifica.

Leader: Ginny Marshall ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripfeeGreat Backyard Bird Count!
Francis Beach/HMB State Park - wheelchair accessible
Sunday 18th February, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Meet at the Visitor Center located in the park at 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. Parking Day Pass is $10 per car and will be valid at State Parks until sunset. (Seniors, 62 and above, may be interested in getting a Limited Golden Bear Pass for State Parks. The pass is $20. It is valid from now until Memorial weekend and then is valid again after Labor Day until December 31.

If you plan to get one at the park on the day of the walk please arrive a few minutes early.) We will bird from the Coastal Trail which can accommodate wheelchairs. This is a good walk for new birders. Binoculars may be borrowed at the visitor center. The walk is expected last about 2 hours.

Leaders: Nelle Lyons and Rita Jennings

Field TripGreat Backyard Bird Count!
Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve -- RSVP Required
Monday, February 19, 8:30a.m. - 12:00pm

Join leader Leslie Flint and explore the new preserve which was was opened to the public on December 1 and consists of working ranch land, grasslands and forests near the town of La Honda. The grasslands provide excellent opportunities for raptor watching and confusing sparrow ID. Be prepared to hike about 5 miles (depending on the birds).

Directions: From Skyline Boulevard (Hwy. 35) take Hwy 84 west toward the coast and make a right on Sears Ranch Road (across from Applejacks in La Honda) and go about 1/2 mile to the Preserve parking lot. Carpooling encouraged as the parking area is small.

RSVP required tolflint@earthlink.net

Field TripGulls! Gulls! Gulls! – RSVP
Saturday, February 24, 9:00am - 1:00pm

This trip has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Back by popular demand. This field trip will help you improve your understanding of the life of gulls and develop your gull identification skills! Gulls are easy to see, but for all their ease of viewing they can be frustratingly difficult to ID. In the month of January there is a potential to see 7 species of expected gull on our coast side and the chance of something rare!

Our goal is to view and learn the field marks of the common gulls we typically see at this time of year. We'll start our day at Pilarcitos Creek mouth in Half Moon Bay and may move around the coast in search of gull flocks. Bring cameras. We'll photograph the gulls we identify. Dress in layers, it can be cold and windy this time of year.

Please confirm if you intend to attend this field trip as predictions of Heavy Rain will cancel.

Directions: From Hwy 1 in Half Moon Bay take Kehoe Ave West. At the T-junction, turn right on Pilarcitos Ave. Drive to the northernmost end of Pilarcitos Ave and park in the residential area. We'll meet at the junction of Wave and Pilarcitos Aves.

Leaders: Chris Hayward and Malia DeFelice malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com to RSVP.

Field TripNob Hill Pond and Redwood Shores
Wednesday, March 7, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a very productive area for a variety of ducks and other waterbirds. Time permitting, we may check some other excellent birding sites nearby. Easy walking on mostly level ground. Bring scopes if you have them. Restrooms in the nearby shopping center.

Directions: Take the Redwood Shores Parkway exit east from Hwy 101, past the Nob Hill shopping plaza, turn right on Bridge Parkway, then almost immediately turn 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 Lane to its end. There is a small cul-de-sac that has a few parking spaces (you can also park in the residential area if necessary) where we will meet. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, March 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm

All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner bird walk. We should see wintering ducks and shorebirds, perhaps egrets, a raptor (hawk) or two, and some LBBs (little brown birds). Bring binoculars if you have them: if not, we'll share ours with you.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot by restrooms at Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park.
Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Adam Dudley adam.dudley@icloud.com

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, March 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 & 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 susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripBurleigh Murray State Park -- RSVP
Saturday, March 24, 9:00am - 1:00pm

It's a tradition! 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.

Please confirm if you intend to attend this field trip as predictions of Heavy Rain will cancel.

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.

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

 

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

 

2018 S.A.S.