Field Trip: Las Cruzitas Ranch

Date & Time

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sears Carpool Location

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Target Birds

  • Goldfinche
  • Bunting
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  • Phainopepla
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Nuthatch
  • Hummingbirds
  • Golden Eagle
  • etc.

Trip Leader: Cruz Phillips


Carpooling is recommended as parking is limited – Carpool meet time is 7:45a.m.

We will meet at the Sears Car Pool location in the La Cumbre Shopping Center 7:45 am.


$8.00 gas money per passenger to car pool driver


To Meet us at the ranch (9:00 a.m.):

  • Take Hwy 154 to Armour Ranch Road (just north of the Santa Ynez River bridge, 3.3 miles west of the Bradbury Dam turnoff)
  • Turn north east (the only way you can turn)
  • Follow Armour Ranch Road for 1.4 miles
  • Turn right on Happy Canyon Road
  • After 2.4 miles turn right on Alisos Avenue
  • After 0.7 miles the pavement ends at a cattle guard
  • Continue 2.6 miles over 2 more cattle guards to the barn and ranch
  • Google map HERE

We’ll arrive around 9 a.m. and bird near the ranch house for about 2 hours where there is bird habitat and a large number of feeders. Then we will take an easy walk around the general area and perhaps a tour of a canyon. Car poolers usually stop at the corner of Alisos Ave and Happy Canyon Road for a few minutes of birding there.

Other Information

  • Bring water, snack or lunch
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring a hat
  • Binoculars a must, spotting scopes are useful

Trip Coordinator

Jack Sanford

Phone: 566-2191 Email:

Sponsored By Santa Barbara Audubon Society

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Hanson