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 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 the leader to arrange if a carpool location is not already suggested. Heavy rain cancels trips.

Trip details found in dated listings below.

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

2019

Field TripArrowhead Marsh, MLK Regional Shoreline in Oakland
Wednesday, November 6, 8:30am - 11:30am

This is a slow-paced trip along a level trail, excellent for all levels of birding. A scope is useful here, if you have one, but many of the birds are close enough for great photo opportunities. We should see a variety of water birds with a chance at Ridgway's Rail.

Directions: The entrance to this park is off of Swan Way, just east of Doolittle Drive and the Oakland Airport. Meet in the furthest parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy. Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field TripLa Honda Creek OSP (Lower) – Rarely Birded Spots in San Mateo County
Wednesday, November 6, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve (lower section) is one of the newest preserves in San Mateo County, but it has quickly become established as a favorite among the birders who go there regularly. Join leader Joshua Stacy for this leisurely 4-mile round-trip hike. We will be searching the skies for migrating raptors, the grasslands for returning winter visitors, and the woodland along the hiking trail for migrating passerines. Bring your camera for extraordinary views, too!

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot at the end of Sears Ranch Road in La Honda . Visit the park map if you are unfamiliar with this area, at https://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/map_LH.pdf.

Leader: Joshua Stacy, Contact: Joshua.g.stacy@gmail.com

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk
Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, November 9, 10:00am - 12:00pm

All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a one- to two-hour beginner/refresher 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. If you are an educator who is bringing your class - or sending students on their own - we're very happy to have you! We do ask that you let us know in advance so we can ensure we have adequate leadership to enrich your students' experience.

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

For more information: Chris MacIntosh. Contact: chrismac@alumni.upenn.edu or phone 650-839-1523

Field TripEdgewood County Preserve from Education Center
Sunday, November 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 Education Center.

Leader: Susie Hons Contact: susieturtlewings@mac.com.

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, November 17, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Leader: Ginny Marshall Contact: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripPillar Point Bluff
Wednesday, December 4, 9:00am - 12:00pm

This small County Park has only been open since 2011. It has sweeping views of both the agricultural land and the ocean, with an uncrowded trail system. There is a nice mix of birds here including breeding California Thrashers. Dress in layers and bring sunscreen and water. There is a restroom in the parking lot. The trail is moderately easy with a short, but steep descent at the end of the loop.

Directions: Meet at the Pillar Point Bluff parking lot on Airport Street, across from the Half Moon Bay airport on the west side. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy. Contact: dpom@comcast.net.

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, December 15, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Leader: Ginny Marshall Contact: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripSAVE THE DATE!

Do you want to be involved in something BIG? Join us for the 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count on either or both of San Mateo County's CBCs.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Crystal Springs Count

Saturday, January 4, 2020 – Ano Nuevo Count

For information and questions, contact Leslie Flint (lflint@earthlink.net)

Submit Field Trip content by writing or replying to sequoiafieldtrips@gmail.com
Thank you! --Casey Girard, SAS Field Trip Chair, SAS Field Trip Chair

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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