San Mateo County, California
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 email@example.com
Don't forget to check Other Activities for field trips of interest not sponsored by SAS.
Pillar Point Harbor
Saturday, August 11, 8:00am - 11:00am
Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round. We should find an interesting variety of birds. Most of the walking will be on a fairly level dirt trail, 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 boatyards 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, popularly known as the parking lot to Mavericks, just below the radar station.
Leader: Donna Pomeroy firstname.lastname@example.org
"Bilingual" Pillar Point Bluffs – NEW DATE
Saturday, August 11, 8:00am - 11:00am
Join us for our inaugural bilingual/Spanish birding trip, led by State Park interpreter Alan Mata! The Bluffs at Pillar Point are an excellent place to get to know local common birds as well as look for early migrants. Resident sparrows, thrashers, finches and hummingbirds are joined by terns, cormorants, shorebirds and murres on the ocean. Sooty shearwaters could be numerous, returning elegant terns and Heerman's gulls could put in an appearance, and the chance of humpback whales close in to shore make for a potentially exciting morning! This trip is especially suitable for beginner birders and naturalists. Binoculars are useful, and bring a camera and a scope if you have them. Don't forget water and a sun hat!
Directions: We will meet at Pillar Point Bluff parking lot, along Airport Street in Half Moon Bay, directly opposite the Half Moon Bay airport.
Leader: Alan Mata. RSVP: email@example.com.
Please let Alan know if you need loaner binoculars when RSVP-ing.
Edgewood County Park from Clarkia Trailhead
Sunday, August 12, 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 and Western Bluebird year round.
Directions: Take 280 to Edgewood Rd. in Woodside. Go west down Edgewood; turn south on Cañada Road to the Clarkia Trailhead (see map at http://parks.smcgov.org/edgewood-park-trails)
Leader: Susie Hons Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edgewood County Park from Education Center
Sunday, September 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 Education Center.
Leaders: Susie Hons Contact: email@example.com
Hawk Hill - Marin Headlands
Friday, September 14, 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. Tour guide and Hawkwatch enthusiast Rich Cimino has been coming to this site for over 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.
Leaders: Rich Cimino Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moss Landing/Elkhorn Slough; RSVP REQUIRED
Wednesday September 19, 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.
Leaders: Leslie Flint Contact: email@example.com
Rarely Birded Spots in San Mateo County - La Honda Creek OSP
Saturday, September 22, 8:30am - 12:30pm,
No-host carpooling encouraged
La Honda Creek OSP 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, who birds this area almost every day, 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.
Leaders: Joshua Stacy, Contact: Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org
Beach Bluff Walk and Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay
Friday, September 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.
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: email@example.com. If you are running late text or call 650-346-2009.
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ninth and Lincoln, San Francisco
Sunday October 7, 8:00 am -11:00 am
Visit this beautiful garden at the height of fall migration. This walk is co-sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon Society, which hosts this walk monthly. Travel paved, mostly level trails suitable for wheelchairs.
Leaders: Ginny Marshall Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legend of Field Trip Symbols
Fee required for part or all of this event
Trip beyond local area, perhaps including an overnight stay
Nature Walk or Viewing
Pelagic (Ocean) Trip
Motor Tour. May include car pooling.
Birding by Bicycle