Field Trips

                                                                                                                                                                               American Dipper by Blake Matheson

 Sat. Sep. 26th – 4:00 pm– 6:00pm: Pt. Pinos Pelagic Birding

Pt. Pinos is known as the one of the top spots in the country to observe seabirds coastal and further out.  Join eBird team leader Brian Sullivan to scan the seas for all things pelagic such as Shearwaters, Murres, Terns, Jaegers and more. If you have a spotting scope please bring it along.  Meet in parking area across from Crespi Pond parking lot at 4:00pm. No need to RSVP. Rain cancels. 

 Sat. Oct 3rd – 8:00am – 11:00am: South Bank Trail

Join us for walk along the South Bank Trail from the West side of Quail Lodge heading towards the Palo Corona Regional Park area. This easy walk will wind it’s way parallel the Carmel River through a variety of riparian and oak woodland habitats that are filled with resident and migrating birds. Meet behind Carmel Crossroads Starbucks at 7:45am. Rain cancels. Please RSVP trip leader Bill Hill 831-601-4066 or

 Sat. Oct. 10th – 8:00am – noon: Pt. Pinos Land & Sea

Pt. Pinos and surrounding areas is one of the premier birding spots along the Monterey Peninsula coast. Join Blake as we search the area around Pt. Pinos for interesting passerine migrants and vagrants. We will also keep an eye out off the point and rocky shore for any notable seabirds.  No need to RSVP. Meet at Crespi Pond parking lot at 8:00am. Rain cancels. 

 Sat. Oct. 24th – 8:00am – noon: Frog Pond Wetland Preserve, Del Rey Oaks

One of the peninsula’s “Hidden Treasures”, this small wetland is a delight to bird with a variety of waterfowl, sparrows, warblers, woodpeckers and the occasional vagrants. The trail is an easy walk along the pond with a surprising variety of habitats for such a small area. If time permits, we will head over to Del Monte Beach for seabirds and shorebirds. Rain cancels. Please RSVP: Robert Horn/831-372-4608

Sat. Nov. 14th - 7:30am-12:30pm: Andrew Molera State Park

Approximately 2.5 mile round trip on easily navigated trails, Andrew Molera State Park offers one of the most diverse ecosystems anywhere in California with a current eBird HotSpot count of 326 different species! From beginning to experienced birders, the walk will start in coastal scrub and quickly move into oak woodlands that gently slope toward the Big Sur River riparian habitat and end in a finale of panoramic views of the Pacific Coast that offers excellent sea watching opportunities. We can expect to see 50-80 different species on this outing ranging from warblers to gulls! My focus for the trip will be basic bird identification as well as introducing you to a route that will provide you with the greatest opportunity to find that rarity Meet: 7:30am behind Carmel Crossroads Starbucks. Please RSVP: Cooper Scollan 831-241-1422 or  Rain Cancels.

Sat. Nov 21st – 7:30am-11:00: Carmel River Mouth & Surrounding areas

Long known as one of the premier birding hotspots on the peninsula, Carmel River Mouth is host to many bird species such as warblers, ducks, raptors and seabirds.  The trip includes light hiking / walking through trails and then down to the beach to scan for seabirds. Meet: Behind the Carmel Starbucks (Crossroads Shopping Center) at 7:30am. Please RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831-262-0782 or rain cancels.

Sat. Nov. 28th – 8am-noon: Laguna Grande Park

This city lake area is one of our best locations for seeing a variety of birds, from vagrant warblers in the willow and eucalyptus trees to some of the marsh species like Sora. Join Chris as we explore the park, including going inside the recently opened up Virgin Ave. patch where new public access is being enhanced. Meet: 8am at the bridge below the Russian Orthodox Church. Rain cancels. Please RSVP: Chris Hartzell 831-375-9533 or


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