Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Sequoia Audubon Field Trips

SAS Field Trip
September 25, 2021 — First field trip at Pillar Point Harbor (in almost 2 years)


Pre-registration is required for all field trips!

  1. Advance registration and field trip size limit: SAS is currently requiring RSVPs for all field trips and is limiting the trip size. We are using Eventbrite as our reservation platform. Please no drop-ins.
  2. COVID Vaccination Required to Participate: SAS field trips are open to individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  3. Participants required to sign liability waivers to participate: SAS is now using a electronic Waiver and Photographic Release Form that is sent to participants about a week before the event that is easily signed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  4. Social distancing: SAS requests all field trip participants be mindful of the CDC recommendations on field trips and take it as the responsibility of each participant to consciously try to adhere to social distance recommendations as much as practicable, as the COVID-19 virus omicron variant is known to be easier to transmit between people than other strains of the virus.
  5. Trip cancellations: If the weather is bad enough that you don't want to go on a field trip that day, chances are your trip leader doesn't want to go either! Field trips will typically be cancelled for heavy rain, but not for light mist. SAS now cancels field trips if the Air Quality Index is 150 or more at the location.

Note: All phone numbers are for Area Code 650, unless otherwise stated.

2022

Field TripfeeThursday, October 6, 2022
Filoli Historic House and Garden, Woodside (9:30-12:00)

Join us for a 2-2.5-mile moderate bird walk in the Filoli Gardens and Estate trail in mixed oak, redwood, and madrone woodlands, riparian corridor and historic horse pasture. The walk around the historic house and gardens is on brick, cement, and dirt paths that are mostly flat. The Estate trail is over dirt paths with a slight incline and is one mile long. There are restrooms at three locations along the walk. We may see as many as 50 bird species, 33 of which are year-round residents. Our leader, Kimberlie Moutoux, has been walking these trails four times a week for the last two years and is excited to share her knowledge of the property and its bird species. Bring your binoculars!

Directions: 86 Canada Rd, Woodside- From I- 280 north or south, exit on Edgewood Rd and head west. At the T intersection, turn right onto Canada Rd. In ½ mile, take a left turn into the property. Drive a half mile, park on the left side of the lot under the oaks, and look for the leader there.

Registration required. Air Quality Index over 150 cancels.

Leader: Kimberlie Moutoux, kimberliemoutoux@gmail.com.

For Reservations: Register by emailing the leader. Your confirmation email will provide ticket purchase instructions. Tickets are $25/ adult, $22/ senior, $20/ student, teacher, military, and free for Filoli members. It can be used to further explore the historic house and grounds after the bird walk.

Field TripSaturday, October 8, 2022
Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, La Honda (8:00-12:00)

Easy, mostly level, 2-3 mile bird walk in scrub, grassland, and a small forest. We'll look for resident grassland species, including Wild Turkey, California Quail, and raptors. A primitive restroom is available, water is not.

Directions: Take SR 84 to La Honda, turn north on Sears Ranch Rd (opposite Applejacks bar), and follow it to the Lower La Honda Creek Preserve parking lot, 900 Sears Ranch Rd.

National Weather Service Red Flag Warning Weather conditions cancel the trip as the preserve is closed under those conditions.  Air Quality Index over 150 or rain cancels.

Leader: Troy Pittock, TroyPittock@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3Cg5ikV

Field TripSaturday, October 15, 2022
Laurelwood Park, San Mateo (8:30-11:00).

Join us for a 2-2.5-mile moderate bird walk in mixed oak woodland, chaparral, riparian, and suburban habitat. Laurelwood Park is a mixed-use neighborhood park with a children's playground, field, and picnic tables. There are packed dirt trails with moderate hills. We'll look for resident birds as well as fall migrants. Optional: After the walk, take the steep climb to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for spectacular views.

Directions: Laurelwood Park 3471 Glendora Dr. From Hwy 92, Exit DeAnza Blvd East, DeAnza turns into Glendora. You will see the park in the valley on your right. Meet at the dirt parking lot at Glendora Dr. and Parkwood Dr.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Emily Kim, ekim5631@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3dAN3MG

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Sunday, October 16, 2022
Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park (10:00-12:00)

Beginner and family-friendly bird walk exploring the upland and wetland areas of the park. Wintering shorebirds and waterfowl will be present. Raptors, egrets, and LBBs (little brown birds) can also be seen. Bring your binoculars and refillable water bottle.

Directions: From US 101, take Marsh Rd east (SR84 East), then continue straight on Marsh Rd into the park. Meet in the parking lot with restrooms.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: JR Blair, JRBlair20@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3w8SM2O

Field TripSunday, October 23, 2022
Wavecrest Open Space Preserve, Half Moon Bay (8:00-12:00)

This is a 2-3 mile level bird walk through a vital hawk and raptor wintering site ending with an ocean scan for loons and other seabirds on the water. Scopes are useful. We expect to see Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, White-tailed Kites, and other species.

Directions: Meet at 399 Wavecrest Road by Smith Field. It is 1.5 miles south of SR 1 & 92 in Half Moon Bay. Look for the red double-decker bus at Cameron's Pub and Inn.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Ginny Marshall, ginnybirder@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3PtsY8e

Field TripThursday, October 27, 2022
Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz (8:30-12:00)

We will take a 2-3 mile walk looking for fall migrants, shorebirds, and water birds. Monarch Butterflies should be present since they overwinter in the park.

Directions: From SR1, southbound entering Santa Cruz, turn right on Western Ave, right on University Business Park, left on Natural Bridges Dr, and proceed to the intersection with Delaware Ave. Turn right on Delaware Ave and park. Approx. address 2340 Delaware Ave.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Nelle Lyons, 1tigger1nl@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3ecwAhO

Field TripSunday, October 30, 2022
Sunrise Drive, Woodside (8:30 – 11:30)

We will look for birds in an area of willows, oak, and buckeye trees along a small creek and in second-growth redwoods. We are likely to see year-round resident birds, birds arriving for winter, and maybe migrating birds making a brief stop before heading further south. This 2.5-mile walk will take us by tributaries of Alambique Creek to a historic logging bridge. Most of the route is on paved or unpaved roads of slight to moderate grade. There is a pit toilet along the way.

Directions: Take Hwy 84 (La Honda Rd) headed west from I-280 to Skywood Way. Turn right on Skywood Way, right on Sunrise, and park alongside the right shoulder (Use 100 Sunrise Dr, Woodside for GPS).

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Christin New, new.a.christin@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3dwgsrg

Field TripMonday, October 31, 2022
Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay (8:00-11:00)

Pillar Point is a year-round birding hot spot. We'll find a variety of resident birds and, hopefully, some migrating shorebirds. Scopes will be helpful here. Most of the walk will be a fairly level dirt trail with some sand. A primitive restroom is available.

Directions: The harbor is west of SR 1, 18 miles south of San Francisco, and 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay. From SR 1, turn west at Capistrano Rd. Turn left onto Prospect, then a brief jog right on Broadway, to an immediate left on Harvard Ave. Proceed through the boat yards to the end of Harvard Ave, then turn right on West Point Ave. Meet at the "West Shoreline Access," the parking lot to Mavericks.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy, dpom@comcast.net

Registration https://bit.ly/3bUJAIs

Field TripfeeThursday, November 3, 2022
Filoli Historic House and Garden, Woodside (9:30-12:00)

Join us for a 2-2.5-mile moderate bird walk in the Filoli Gardens and Estate trail in mixed oak, redwood, and madrone woodlands, riparian corridor and historic horse pasture. The walk around the historic house and gardens is on brick, cement, and dirt paths that are mostly flat. The Estate trail is over dirt paths with a slight incline and is one mile long. There are restrooms at three locations along the walk. We may see as many as 50 bird species, 33 of which are year-round residents. Our leader, Kimberlie Moutoux, has been walking these trails four times a week for the last two years and is excited to share her knowledge of the property and its bird species. Bring your binoculars!

Directions: 86 Canada Rd, Woodside- From I- 280 north or south, exit on Edgewood Rd and head west. At the T intersection, turn right onto Canada Rd. In ½ mile, take a left turn into the property. Drive a half mile, park on the left side of the lot under the oaks, and look for the leader there.

Registration required. Air Quality Index over 150 cancels.

Leader: Kimberlie Moutoux, kimberliemoutoux@gmail.com.

For Reservations: Register by emailing the leader. Your confirmation email will provide ticket purchase instructions. Tickets are $25/ adult, $22/ senior, $20/ student, teacher, military, and free for Filoli members. It can be used to further explore the historic house and grounds after the bird walk.

Field TripFriday, November 11, 2022
Wavecrest Open Space Preserve, Half Moon Bay (9:00-12:00)

The grasslands of Wavecrest Open Space Preserve are important wintering grounds for a variety of raptors species, especially White-tailed Kites, Northern Harriers, and Red-tailed Hawks, as well as Red-shouldered Hawks and American Kestrels. The numbers of these birds here are impressive. We will also walk down to the bluffs overlooking the ocean and look for shorebirds and waterbirds. Scopes will be helpful here.

Directions: Meet at 399 Wavecrest Road, 1.5 miles south of SR 1 & 92 in Half Moon Bay. Look for the red double-decker bus at Cameron's Pub.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy, dpom@comcast.net

Registration https://bit.ly/3Cffg5R

Field TripSaturday, November 12, 2022
Water Lane and Pescadero State Nature Reserve (8:30–12:00)

Easy 2 to 3-mile bird walk at Water Lane on the eastern marsh edge featuring a mix of habitats. We will start at the parking lot, and depending on bird activity; we may relocate our vehicles and visit additional marsh areas. There are no restrooms or water at Water Lane, but public restrooms are available at Pescadero State Beach nearby.

Directions: Take SR1 towards Pescadero and then turn east at Pescadero Creek Road. Proceed about 1.1 miles east and look for the Water Lane street sign on the left (north) side and turn left to approx 350 Water Lane, where you will see a California State Park sign.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Troy Pittock, TroyPittock@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3K2cbI4

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Saturday, November 12, 2022
Charleston Slough for Beginning Birders, Palo Alto (8:30-11:00)

A family-friendly and beginner 1-2 mile bird walk along level trails at Charleston Slough. We will look for shorebirds, ducks, other waterfowl, and some 'little brown birds' (sparrows, wrens, etc.) The slough and Coast Casey Forebay is a hotspot for birds year-round. Restroom available.

Directions: From US 101 exit 400 B San Antonio Rd North. Follow it to the end, which becomes Terminal Rd. The parking area fills up quickly on weekends. Meet near the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve Trailhead.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Emily Kim, ekim56310@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3K1MkA1

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Saturday, November 19, 2022
Bair Island Trail, Redwood City (9:00 – 11:00)

Family-friendly beginner bird walk on level dirt trails exploring the Bair Island area. We should see a variety of ducks, shorebirds, and smaller songbirds. Restrooms are available in the parking lot.

Directions: From US 101 exit at Whipple Avenue. Heading east, it winds for 0.5 mile becoming East Bayshore Road, then Bair Island Road. Meet at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Bair Island Trail parking lot.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: J.R. Blair, JRBlair20@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3w8uq98

Field TripTuesday, November 22, 2022
Water Lane and Pescadero State Nature Reserve (8:00–12:00)

Easy 2-3 mile bird walk at Water Lane on the eastern edge of the Pescadero Marsh, including a mix of upland, riparian, and wetland habitats.

Directions: Take SR1 towards Pescadero and then turn east at Pescadero Creek Road. Proceed about 1.1 miles east and look for the Water Lane street sign on the left (north) side and turn left to approx 350 Water Lane, where you will see a California State Park sign.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Nelle Lyons, 1tigger1nl@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3wNXsv5

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Saturday, December 3, 2022
Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park (10:00-1:00)

Beginner, and family-friendly bird walk exploring the upland and wetland areas of the park. Wintering shorebirds and waterfowl will be present. Raptors, egrets, and LBBs (little brown birds) can usually be seen as well. Bring your binoculars or borrow ours.

Directions: From US 101, take Marsh Rd (SR84 East), then continue straight into the park. Meet in the parking lot with the restrooms.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: JR Blair, JRBlair20@gmail.com. Co-leader Chris MacIntosh

Registration https://bit.ly/3pmHMuI

Field TripFriday, December 9, 2022
Pillar Point Bluff County Park, Half Moon Bay (9:00-12:00)

Pillar Point Bluff Park has sweeping views of agricultural land and the ocean, with an uncrowded trail system. There is a nice mix of birds here, including California Thrashers. The trail is 1.5 -2 miles and is moderately easy, with a short but steep descent at the end of the loop. Restroom in the parking lot.

Directions: Meet at the Pillar Point Bluff Park parking lot on Airport Street.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy, dpom@comcast.net

Registration https://bit.ly/3JXCPSB

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Saturday, December 10, 2022
Nob Hill Pond and Redwood Shores for Beginners (9-11:30)

This beginner and family-friendly bird walk is a very productive area to view a variety of ducks and other waterbirds. Time permitting, we may check some other birding sites nearby. Bring spotting scopes if you have them. Restrooms are available in the nearby shopping center.

Directions: From US 101 in San Carlos, take the Redwood Shores Parkway exit east past the Nob Hill shopping plaza, turn right on Bridge Parkway, then almost immediately turn right at Tiller Lane, proceed to Spar Drive, turn left to 698 Spar Drive, where there is a small cul-de-sac.

Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Leader: JR Blair, JRBlair20@gmail.com

Registration https://bit.ly/3AzCnab

Submit Field Trip content by writing or replying to fieldtrips@sequoia-audubon.org
Thank you! Doug Pomeroy, 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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