Field Trips

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

Field Trip Schedule

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.

PRINTABLE SCHEDULE

August

August 25, Oil City Road, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Joyce Depew (978-9952) at the refuge observation platform at 8:00 am for early migrants and shorebirds.

September

September 1, Black Dirt Region: Meet David Baker (446-4030) at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion Restaurant in Pine Island. Buff-breasted Sandpipers will be our target.

September 8, Stewart State Forest: Meet Bill Fiero (728-5208) at the North Ridge Road parking area at 8:00 am for warblers, thrushes, vireos, sparrows, and so on.

September 22, Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the deli fields at 8:30 am to look for thrushes, sparrows, warblers, and Philadelphia Vireos.

September 29, Winding Waters Trail, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the trail parking lot at 8:00 am. Connecticut Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow are possible.

October

October 3 (Wednesday), Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center (Kenridge Farm): Meet Amy Greher (783-6363) at the farm at 8:30 am for Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and much more.

October 6, 6½ Station Road, Orange County Audubon Society sanctuary: Meet Liza Anthony (914-213-2869) at the sanctuary at 8:30 am for a rewarding morning of birding at this Orange County treasure.

October 8 (Monday), Goosepond Mountain State Park: Meet Bill Iannone (783-7467) at the boardwalk trail on Route 17M at 8:00 am. If it’s anything like last year, you don’t want to miss out.

October 13, Big Sit! at Glenmere Lake: Members of the club, lead by Kathy Ashman, will be at Glenmere Lake from 7 am to approximately 5 pm. Detailed information about the club Big Sit! is available here.

October 20, Croton Point: Meet Jodi Brodsky (282-1058) at the Croton-Harmon railroad station boat launch area at 8:30 am to see what this migrant trap turns up.

October 28 (Sunday), Chadwick Lake: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at the Newburgh Mall McDonald’s (Route 300) at 8:00 am for an interesting day of birding.

November

November 10, Black Dirt Region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion restaurant (Pine Island) at 8:30 am to look for Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and Lapland Longspurs.

November 17, south-central Orange County lakes: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the Chester McDonald’s at 8:30 am to explore the lakes of south-central Orange County.

November 23 (Friday), northeastern Orange County lakes: Meet Bruce Nott (542-0583) and Bob Slechta at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (Route 300) at 8:30 am to explore lakes and marshes of northeast Orange County.

November 24, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0324) at the refuge at 4:00 pm for Short-eared Owls.

November 30–December 2, Cape Ann, Massachusetts: If you’re interested in this fantastic trip, contact Jodi Brodsky at 282-1058 or jsbbirder@gmail.com without delay. Look for loons, scoters, eiders, and so on.

December

December 15, eastern Orange County Christmas Bird Count: Have a fun day counting birds for this historic event. Contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for more information.

January

January 12, New York State winter duck count: Scour Orange County for waterfowl for this statewide census. Contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) if you’re interested in participating.

January 26, Eagle Trip I: Join Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at the Route 202/6 “Goat Trail” Iona Island overlook at 8:30 am to see if we can top 100 eagles.

February

February 2, Jones Beach: Join Jodi Brodsky (282-1058) for a mini Cape Ann trip, but closer to home. If you are interested in this trip, contact Jodi for details.

February 16, Eagle Trip II: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at the North Plank Road McDonald’s (Route 32) at 8:30 am to search for eagles, falcons, ducks, and so on.

March

March 2, Rye: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at the Rye Playland parking lot at 8:30 am for wintering loons, grebes, and ducks.

March 9, Black Dirt Region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion restaurant (Pine Island) at 8:30 am for the first big wave of blackbirds, not to mention sparrows, larks, buntings, and longspurs.

March 16, Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the Department of Environmental Conservation parking lot on the north side of Haven Road, west of the causeway. Be there at 8:30 am for ducks, Fox Sparrows, and Rusty Blackbirds.

March 23, Oil City Road, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the refuge observation platform at 8:30 am for 100+ Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail, plus other ducks and early migrants.

March 30, eastern Orange County lakes: Meet Bruce Nott (542-0583) and Bob Slechta for this always rewarding trip. Be at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (Route 300) at 8:30 am.

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.

Notes

If you have any doubts about whether a trip is happening—due to weather for example—don’t hesitate to CALL the leader either the night before or in the morning. A phone number is provided for each leader. You can also keep an eye on the Mearns Yahoo Groups site , the Mearns Facebook page, and the News page of this website for trip cancellations or changes.

Trip leaders are responsible for sending a write up to Jan Fitzpatrick, 1 Keith Place, Campbell Hall, NY 10916 or fjfitz@frontiernet.net. Include the number of species seen, the number of participants, the weather conditions, and highlights of the trip. If you post the trip online, please send Jan an expanded report fleshing out the details of the online posting.