Field Trip: Ocean Park

Date & Time

Saturday, September 10, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Least Tern

Location: Ocean Park in Lompoc

Join us for a rare opportunity to visit this North County site that sometimes offers exceptional birding.
As in August, we will have the pleasure of being led by expert birder Nick Lethaby!

Much will depend on the water level in the ponds found at this wetland at the mouth of the Santa Ynez River. If the ponds have shallow water and exposed mud, there will be good numbers of shorebirds, including many dowitchers and yellowlegs, egrets and ducks. The sandbar at the river mouth often has tern flocks.

We will do everything we can for a safe experience, but COVID is always a risk. Additionally, SBAS may decide to cancel events should pandemic conditions warrant it. For these reasons, we ask that:

– All attendees be vaccinated, each participant bring a mask to the event, and social distancing be practiced to the greatest extent practicable.
– Masks be worn in car pool situations.
– Prior to attending any bird walk or field trip, please go to for directions and event updates.

Target Birds

  • Shorebirds
  • Water birds
  • Migrating ocean and shorebirds

Trip Leader: Nick Lethaby


From south county
– Take Hwy 101 north
– Take Exit 132 – Lompoc Hwy 1 and proceed to Lompoc – 21 miles
– Turn left at the stop light on to Hwy 246 towards Vandenberg AFB
From north county
– Take Hwy 101 south
– Take Exit xxx, xxx
– Follow Hwy 246 into Lompoc
– At the intersection of Hwy 246 and Hwy 1 continue straight through the stop light on Hwy 246
– Hwy 246 becomes Ocean Ave.
– Follow Ocean Ave out of town for 8.5 miles
– Turn right onto Ocean Park Road.
– Follow Ocean Park Road to the large parking area.
– We will meet in the parking area.

Map: Ocean Park


Other Information

  • Bring water, snack
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for the beach.
  • Bring a hat
  • Binoculars a must, spotting scopes are very useful

Trip Coordinator:

Rob Lindsay 

Contact Rob for questions or additional information

Sponsored By Santa Barbara Audubon Society