Field Trips

American Kestrels, from “Birds of New York” (1914), Cornell University Library

Field Trip Schedule

Birders of ALL levels—from beginner to expert—are welcome on Mearns Club field trips. Please join us!

In January 2009, the Mearns Club adopted the American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics. Please keep the tenets of the code in mind when participating in Mearns Club field trips.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Field Trips


• Groups will be limited to 10 people. If more than 10 people attend, a second group will be formed.
• There will be no carpooling, except by family members.
• Masks are required for all participants.
• Social distancing will be practiced.
• There will be no sharing of optics, including spotting scopes.

December

Cancelled due to COVID-19 December 5 and 6, Cape Ann, Massachusetts: Contact Jodi Brodsky (282-1058) for details about this fabulous trip to see alcids, grebes, loons, winter ducks, and so on.

All areas are currently covered, and all teams are filled. December 19, Eastern Orange Christmas Bird Count: Contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for more information.

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.

January

January 16, New York State Winter Duck Count: Contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for details.

January 30, Eagle Trip I: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) in the parking lot of the Iona Island overlook on Route 202/6 (“the Goat Trail”) at 8:30 AM. We’ll see if we can find 100+ Bald Eagles.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Photo by Bill Fiero.

February

February 13, Black Dirt region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion restaurant in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 AM to look for larks, buntings, Rough-legged Hawks, and so on.

February 20, Eagle Trip II: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) in the parking lot of the Iona Island overlook on Route 202/6 (“the Goat Trail”) at 8:30 AM. We’ll see what’s new on the river since the January trip.

March

March 6, Rye/Greenwich: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) in the Rye Playland parking lot at 9:00 AM to look for winter ducks, loons, grebes, and more.

March 13, Back Dirt region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion restaurant in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 AM to see what winter birds are still around as blackbirds start showing up in numbers.

March 20, Oil City Road: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 8:30 AM for ducks galore! Bring a lunch if you want to join Kathy for an afternoon of checking some of the lakes in that area of Orange County.

March 27, Eastern Orange Lakes: Meet Bruce Nott (542-0583) and Carlotta Shearson (234-8314) at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (Route 300) at 8:30 AM and plan on seeing lots of waterfowl.

Notes

A phone number is given for each trip leader. If you have any doubts about whether a trip is happening (owing to the weather, say), CALL the leader—either the night before or in the morning. The leader will be up checking the weather too, so CALL! You can also check the Mearns Groups.io site for trip cancellations or changes.

If you lead a trip you, are responsible for sending a write-up to Richard Van Tieghem at rich.w2vt@gmail.com. Please send your write-up soon after you lead the trip: include the number of species seen, number of participants, weather conditions, and highlights of the trip. If you post the trip online, please send an expanded report fleshing out the details of the online posting. A complete listing of species seen is not necessary. Thank you!