San Diego Birding Escape (November 6-10, 2019)


With some of the best birding in the country, birders from all over flock to San Diego County, California.  Located on the Pacific Flyway and with habitats ranging from coastlines to mountains and deserts, more than 500 species of birds have been observed in the region.  San Diego has been labeled one of the the “birdiest” counties in the country.  Join Chip Clouse from Front Range Birding Company for a spectacular fall birding trip to southern California.

About Your Guide: Chip Clouse is the Manager of the Front Range Birding Co in Boulder, CO and a long-time bird tour leader. Originally enamored with tooth and claw predators, his fascination with birds started by volunteering with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to monitor Peregrine Falcon nest sites while an undergraduate and was cemented once he saw his first Western Tanager while working for the Peregrine Fund in Oregon. With 20 years of bird research and project management experience in 9 states and the Caribbean nation of Grenada, a Masters in Conservation Biology from Colorado State, 5 years with the American Birding Association, 3 years as a rep with Opticron optics and Novagrade Digiscoping adapters and stints guiding at 15+ different US birding festivals, Chip is excited to share his love of birds and habitat in this trip to the places he fell in love with during his first trip to the San Diego area in 2008 and in several trips since.

DAY 1 (Wed, Nov 6): Arrival/ San Diego ~ Mid-morning arrival to San Diego followed by birding local hotspots including Famosa Slough, Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, San Diego River, and Mission Bay.

Accommodations: SpringHill Suites San Diego – Mission Valley or Similar

Meals: Lunch

DAY 2 (Thurs, Nov 7): San Diego/ Brawley ~ Morning departure for Brawley south of the Salton Sea with full day of birding including Kitchen Creek, Lake Cuyamaca, Julian, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park en route.

Accommodations: Brawley Inn or Similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Anza-Borrego State Park: Across the majestic Borrego Springs, birds of the desert can be observed living and thriving in the drier, hotter climate.  With landscapes raging from high mountains to sea level elevations.

Day 3 (Fri, Nov 8) – Brawley/ San Diego ~ Full day of birding at Salton Sea, Brawley and Imperial Valley hotspots, Ocotillo, Jacumba, and Lindo Lake. Evening return to San Diego.

Accommodations: SpringHill Suites San Diego – Mission Valley or Similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 (Sat, Nov 9) – San Diego ~ Birding in San Diego area and south including Tijuana Slough, Border Field State Park,Tijuana River National Estuarine Reserveand Imperial Beach.

Tijuana River National Estuarine Reserve: The Tijuana River Estuary is one of the few salt marshes remaining in southern California, where more than 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development.  More than 370 bird species rest and breed in these coastal wetlands, including six endangered species.

Accommodations: SpringHill Suites San Diego – Mission Valley or Similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 (Sun, Nov 10) – San Diego, La Mesa, and La Jolla/ Departure ~ Birding in and around the San Diego area including Lake Murray, La Jolla Cove, and San Elijo Lagoon.  Afternoon return to the airport in time for evening flight home.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Price: $1295* per person based upon double occupancy.

Single supplement: $375*

Price includes accommodations, full-time driver/ guide (Chip Clouse from Front Range Birding Company), activities, and meals as listed in the itinerary.

Exclusions: airfare, personal expenses, dinners, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

Max Group Size: 8 participants + Chip Clouse