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

2018

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

Field TripHawk 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: rscimino@gmail.com

Field TripMoss 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: lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripRarely 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.g.stacy@gmail.com

Field TripBeach 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: malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com. If you are running late text or call 650-346-2009.

Field TripfeeCoyote Point County Park
Wednesday, October 3, 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 (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 TripOctober Global Big Day 2018: Birding Pescadero Area (RSVP)
Saturday, October 6, 8:00am - 2:00pm

The area around Pescadero needs no introduction as a birding destination! We will spend some time looking for shorebirds and seabirds from the bluff, then walk across the road to explore the marsh. We will then spend the morning exploring most of the birding sites around Pescadero to look for landbirds, with exact itinerary depending on the weather and recent sightings. There is a wide variety of habitats in and around this park and we will hope to see quite a few species; vagrants are always a possibility at this time of year, so we will adapt the itinerary depending on what has been reported recently. Scopes will be very useful on this trip, so bring one along if you have one. Expect cool and breezy weather directly on the coast, but warmer when we go inland.

Directions: From Half Moon Bay take Highway 1 south about 15 miles toward Santa Cruz. As you approach Pescadero, you will see extensive marsh on the east side of the highway and the second parking lot will be on your right, just after you cross the bridge over Pescadero Creek mouth. GPS coordinates of the parking lot are : 37.265163, -122.412225.

Leaders: Jane Dixon and Adam Dudley. RSVP to us at adamandjane@mac.com.

Field TripfeeOctober Global Big Day 2018: Coyote Point County Park
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00am - 11:00am

We will meet in the parking lot by the Yacht Club and walk trails at a leisurely pace. We will bird the fresh-water marsh, the shoreline out to the harbor entrance and the trail through the eucalyptus grove to the grassy area above the museum - about 1 1/2 miles all told.

Directions: Take Hwy 101 and follow the signs to the park. There is an admission fee of $6. Beginners welcome! Heavy rain cancels.

Leaders: Sue Cossins (susancossins@gmail.com) and Martha O'Neal (monealbirds@att.net).

Field TripOctober Global Big Day 2018: Bayside Shorebird Sweep
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00am - 1:00pm

We will start at the Foster City Shellbar and continue south to Bair Island and Bedwell Bayfront Park. The goal will be to amass a high species count as part of the October Global Big Day. Carpooling is encouraged. 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.

Leaders: Donna Pomeroy and Jennifer Rycenga. Contact: gyrrlfalcon@earthlink.net and dpom@comcast.net, or 650-440-0063 (Jennifer) for more information or clarification. No need to reserve a space.

Field TripSan 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.

Leader: Ginny Marshall Contact: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, October 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm

All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner/refresher bird walk. 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. 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.

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

Field TripEdgewood County Preserve from Education Center
Sunday, October 14, 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 Tripbicycle Big Ride - Coastal Birding by Bicycle
Sunday, October 14, 7:00am (duration 6-8 hours)

This is a Bike Birding Field trip done simultaneously with the Big Sit. We will begin at the Gazos Creek State Beach parking area for a short seawatch to look for seabirds and shorebirds . Next we head along Gazos Creek road which is a fantastic riparian corridor, looking for warblers and other goodies. At the Cloverdale Road intersection we will move away from the creek into grassland areas looking for Loggerhead Shrike and other open area birds. We will then head into the town of Pescadero, birding around the back roads and then head over to Water Lane which can be super for rare vagrants. We will then finish up birding around the edge of Pescadero marsh looking for Rails and Shorebirds. This is our fourth year doing the Big Ride and have found some nice rarities in the past, including Prairie Warbler , Blackpoll Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Lawrence's Goldfinch. The Ride is about 10 to 12 miles done at a very leisurely pace.

Directions: Starting point: We will meet at 7.00am at the Gazos Creek Beach parking lot and finish at Pescadero State Beach.

Leaders: Chris Hayward and Chris O'Connell. For more info: Chris Hayward at p_t_nymph@hotmail.com

Field Trip Big Sit - Eighth Annual Big Sit!
Sunday, October 14, 8:00am

The Big SIT! at Pescadero State Beach and Marsh, atop the hill overlooking the North Pond, accessed using the bridge that Sequoia helped to fund. Officially the day begins at 8:00 am – contact Jennifer Rycenga for more information for early bird birders! We go until at least 5:00, sometimes 6:00 pm. Bring layers, snacks, and a fun attitude. If you've got a scope, bring that, too. The Big SIT! is an annual celebration now for Sequoia Audubon, the birding equivalent of tail-gating, as we search for as many species as we can see from a 17.5 foot diameter circle. We've seen, on average, over 85 species each year we've done this – and created memories, found migrants, and had a wonderful time!

The Big Sit! is an annual fundraiser for Sequoia Audubon. See our Big Sit! page to make a pledge or donation.

Directions: Pescadero State Beach north parking lot, carefully cross the highway and take the footbridge to the top of the hill. Prepare for all types of weather. Bring chairs, lunch, etc.

Leader: Jennifer Rycenga, smcbgeditor@earthlink.net

Field TripFiloli Estate - RSVP Required
Saturday, October 20, 8:30 AM to Noon

Filoli Estate is the property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bay Area Audubon members have been invited for a morning of birding at this beautiful site on the edge of the San Francisco watershed. The grounds of Filoli have a beautiful formal garden surrounded by large oaks and trails leading to riparian, redwood and farm habitats. Over 96 species of birds have been found here. Filoli has limited this invitation to Audubon members from the Bay Area Audubon chapters. Reservations are required and there is a limit of 20 people maximum (sorry, no children under 14.) Participants may remain after the field trip to walk through the house and /or formal gardens at no charge. Picnic tables are available near the Visitor Education Center if you wish to enjoy your own lunch, or you can purchase a wide variety of food items and beverages at the Quail's Nest Cafe. The gift shop will also be open.

Directions: Take Hwy 280 to the Edgewood Road exit; go west. Turn right/north on Cañada Road and drive approx. one mile to the entrance of Filoli. We will meet in front of the Visitors Center. Heavy Rain Cancels.

To reserve your spot: Call Sue James at 650-348-0315.

Leaders: Sue James and Tricia Jordan.

Field TripHayward Regional Shoreline
Wednesday, November 7, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Hayward Regional Shoreline is an excellent location for ducks, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. The eucalyptus, fennel, and coyote bush at the end of Winton Road often yield interesting land birds and the shoreline is home to many species of wintering ducks and shorebirds. Bring a scope if you have one. Easy, level trails.

Directions: Take Hwy 92 east across the San Mateo Bridge; take the first exit -- Clawiter / Eden Landing – and go north to Winton. Turn left. Follow Winton past the old park office to where the road ends at the last parking lot inside the gates.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, November 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/refresher bird walk. 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. 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.

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

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

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

Field Trip"Slow birding" Coyote Point and Seal Point Park — RSVP REQUIRED
Saturday, November 17, 8:00am - 11:00am

Coyote Point and the Bay Trail to Seal Point Park 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 take our time, walking slowly along the flat Bay Trail between Seal Point Park and Coyote Point, round trip distance about 2 miles. We will park at Seal Point Park. We will visit as the tide lowers, 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.

Join leader Casey Girard to explore this fantastic winter birding location!

Please contact Casey at casey.girard@gmail.com for more information.

Field TripMillbrae Bayfront Park
Wednesday, December 5, 9:30am -11:30am

Millbrae Bayfront Park is one of the best locations in San Mateo County to look for the endangered Ridgway's Rail. As high tide approaches at 10:30, we will have a very good chance to see this normally elusive bird out in the open. This is also an excellent location to view the large number of ducks and shorebirds that use this part of San Francisco Bay as wintering grounds. Meet at the free public parking for the Marriott Hotel.

Directions: Bayfront Park is located at the corner of Millbrae Avenue and Old Bayshore Hwy. Take US 101 to the Millbrae exit, and go east. Where Millbrae Avenue ends, turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy. Take your next available left (a turn lane is provided) into the Marriott Hotel's parking lot, and bear left. There are a handful of spaces here set aside for Bayfront Park or look for street parking on one of the side streets to the west of Bayshore.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, December 8, 10:00am - 12:00pm

All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner/refresher bird walk. 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. 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.

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

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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