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.

2020

Field TripfeeCoyote Hills Regional Park - Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
Wednesday, January 1, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont has a great mix of habitats from freshwater marsh to baylands. We will look for waterbirds and land birds along the boardwalks and easy trails. Meet at the parking area near the Visitor Center and we will greet the New Year with a fun and easy bird walk.

Directions: From I-880, take Highway 84 west, exit at Paseo Padre Parkway, turn right, and drive north about one mile. Turn left on Patterson Ranch Road and proceed to Visitor Center. There is a $5 fee per vehicle. Heavy rain cancels.

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

Field TripChristmas Bird Count
Año Nuevo
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Do you want to be involved in something BIG? Join us for the 20th Annual Christmas Bird Count on either or both of San Mateo County's CBCs.

The Año Nuevo Count is also one of the highest ranking counts, consistently in the top 50 counts in the Country. This Count circle includes the area from Pescadero south to Año Nuevo and up as far as Big Basin and Sam McDonald State Park. This year our compilation dinner will again be held at a ranch on Hwy 1, south of Pescadero, catered by Taqueria de Amigos with guests invited.

Registration and Information

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

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, January 11, 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 Tripmotor tour Central Valley Trip - Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County
Sunday, January 19, 8:00am - 3:00pm

We will meet in the main preserve parking lot and walk the 1-1/2 mile boardwalk loop. This is a great spot to check out the wintering waterfowl, including a variety of duck species, Greater White-fronted Geese, and Sandhill Cranes. Dowitchers, Wilson's Snipe and yellowlegs should be present, and there are always some passerines and raptors. Spotting scopes are helpful if you have them. Then we'll take the walking trail to the river looking for smaller passerines.

This is a great trip for beginning to experienced birders. Since we'll be going through mid-day bring a lunch and water. Bathrooms are available at the visitor center and boardwalk parking lots.

Directions: From San Mateo take CA-84 to 880 N, then take the 580 east to the 205 to I-5 north to Twin Cities Road, Exit #498; go left (east) to the stop sign at Franklin Blvd; turn right (south) on Franklin and, driving through the Preserve, watch for the Visitor Center parking lot on your left. Further directions and maps are available at www.cosumnes.org Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Clifford Hawley Contact: yellowhammerCA@gmail.com, 916-300-2495

Field Tripmotor tour Raptors of San Benito County - Reservations Required
Saturday, February 1, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Let's explore the backroads of San Benito County in search of Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons (and whatever else we might find). Bring lunch, liquids and a scope if you have one. Meet at the Catholic Church in Tres Pinos.

Directions: From San Mateo, take Hwy 101 south to Hwy 25; follow Hwy 25 through Hollister to the small town of Tres Pinos. The large Catholic Church is on the right side of the road. Park in the section of the lot farthest from the church. Take advantage of bathroom facilities in Hollister before you drive to Tres Pinos. Contact leader for carpooling info. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations Required

Leader: Leslie Flint, lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripPillar Point Harbor
Wednesday, February 5, 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round. We should find a variety of resident birds and wintering shorebirds. 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. 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 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", popularly known as the parking lot to Mavericks, just below the radar station. Heavy rain cancels.

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

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, February 8, 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 TripGREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT! Windy Hill OSP
Friday, February 14th, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Join leader Casey Girard 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. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: Meet at 8am at the Portola Valley trailhead

Leader: Casey Girard Contact: casey.girard@gmail.com

Field TripGREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT! Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Saturday, February 15th, 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 TripfeeGREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT! Coyote Point County Park
Sunday, February 16th, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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 winter residents. With such a variety of habitats at Coyote Point, we should be able to see quite a number of species. Scopes can be useful here. If you have one, bring it along. 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. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Leslie Flint Contact: lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripGREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT! Pillar Point Harbor
Monday, February 17th, 8:00 am - 11:00am

Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round. We should find a variety of resident birds and wintering shorebirds. 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. 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 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", popularly known as the parking lot to Mavericks, just below the radar station. Heavy rain cancels.

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

Field Tripfee Winter birding at Coyote Point Park, San Mateo, CA
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8am - 11am (heavy rain cancels)

You want birds? Coyote Point Park has tons! We'll meet in the parking lot near the yacht club and explore a number of habitats for ducks, shorebirds, gulls, raptors, sparrows, and other winter residents. We should find between 60 and 70 species during our 3-hour walk, and we'll discuss field marks and life histories of all the birds we encounter. Your fearless leader will have a spotting scope, but bring your own if you have one. Open to all ages. We will walk about 7 miles. Just joking! It'll be more like 1 mile. The $6/vehicle entry/parking fee is waived for seniors - yay!

Directions: If southbound, exit 101 at Poplar Avenue. Right on Humboldt, Right onto Peninsula. Cross over 101 into park. If northbound, exit 101 at Peninsula Avenue and follow signs to park

Leader: Dorian Anderson thespeckledhatchback@gmail.com

Field Trip Foster City Shell Bar
Saturday, February 29th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

We will start at the Foster City Shellbar and continue north towards the San Mateo Bridge. We should see a range of shorebirds, ducks, and gulls. A scope would be great to have, I will bring one for us to share as well. We will walk slowly taking in any birds along the way. Carpooling is encouraged. All ages welcome. Light rain ok, but heavy rain cancels.

Directions: Park and meet across the street from Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine at 1473 Beach Park Boulevard in Foster City. No need to reserve a space.

Leader: Casey at casey.girard@gmail.com for more information.

Field Trip Pillar Point Bluff
Wednesday, March 4, 9:00 am - 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 Trip La Honda Creek OSP (Lower) – Rarely Birded Spots in San Mateo County
Thursday, March 5, 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 wintering residents, and the woodland along the hiking trail for beginning 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, March 7, 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 Trip Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Saturday, March 21st, 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

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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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