Field Trips

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

Spring/Summer 2018 Field Trips

February 17, Eagle Trip II: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at the McDonald’s on North Plank Road (Rte 32, near Price Chopper and ShopRite) at 8:30 am for another Hudson River foray for eagles, waterfowl, and more.

March 3, Rye (Westchester County): Check out Long Island Sound for ducks, grebes, and so on with Ajit and Liza Antony (914-213-2869). Meet at 8:30 am at the southeast corner of the Rye Playland parking lot.

March 10, Black Dirt Region: Joe Cullen (236-4869) will take us on a hunt for larks, buntings, sparrows, blackbirds, and many Snow Geese. Meet in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion Restaurant (Pine Island, New York) at 8:30 am.

March 17, Bashakill: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the Stop Sign Trail at 8:30 am to check out the Bashakill for ducks, grebes, Rusty Blackbirds, and Fox Sparrows. Note that the Google Maps link takes you to the intersection of Haven Road and the dirt road that leads to the Stop Sign Trail. If you came from 209, turn left off of Haven Road onto the dirt road to get the parking area; if you came from South Road, turn right onto the dirt road.

March 16 update from the trip leader: “When arriving for tomorrow’s 8:30 am field trip I am going to ask you to park at the DEC parking area along Haven Rd. I would like for our group to try for the [Eurasian] wigeon to start our trip before we proceed to the regular meeting place at the Stop Sign Trail parking area. This way we have a great chance for all in our group to see what has been the target bird for so many folks in the Hudson Valley.”

March 24, Oil City Road: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 8:30 am. Pintails and Green-winged Teal in the hundreds. snipe, Rusty Blackbirds, and our first Eastern Phoebes are possible.

March 31, Eastern Orange Lakes: Meet Linda Strohl (496-3021) at 8:30 am in the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot for a duck-a-licious and quacky trip.

April

April 7Sunday, April 8 (note date change), Rye Playland and marshlands: Meet Bob Slechta (534-7029) at Rye Playland at 8:30 am for loons, grebes, and egrets.

April 14, Winding Waters Trail: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the trail parking lot at 8:00 am to look for sparrows, kinglets, and maybe our first warblers.

April 21, 6 ½ Station Road: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) at 8:30 am at 6 1/2 Station Road where it crosses the Heritage Trail to looks for migrants as they start to dribble in.

April 21, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0323 or 255-0565) at 7:00 pm for our spring woodcock trip.

April 28, Bashakill: Meet Joyce Depew (978-9952) at 8:00 am at the Stop Sign Trail to catch the first big movement of spring migrants. Note that the Google Maps link takes you to the intersection of Haven Road and the dirt road that leads to the Stop Sign Trail. If you came from 209, turn left off of Haven Road onto the dirt road to get the parking area; if you came from South Road, turn right onto the dirt road.

May

May 2, Wednesday, Stewart State Forest: Meet Bill Fiero (728-5208) at Barron Road South Ridge Road North (updated 4/16) at 8:00 am to check out the forest as migration heats up.

May 5, Kenridge Farm (Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center): Meet Bob Slechta (534-7029) in the Cornwall Dog Park parking lot at 7:30 am for a great day of birding during peak migration. After Kenridge and a bite to eat, Bob will lead anyone who’s willing on a leisurely walk in Black Rock Forest (not a death march).

May 9, Wednesday, Doodletown: Meet Della and Alan Wells (942-5751) at the 9W pull-off south of the Bear Mountain circle at 8:00 am for a great walk with Cerulean and Hooded Warblers guaranteed. Kentucky Warbler is possible, as is much more.

May 12, Bashakill: Join Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at 7:30 am at the Stop Sign Trail for a great day of birding at the region’s premier migrant highway.

May 16, Wednesday, Goosepond Mountain State Park: Meet Bill Iannone (783-7467) at the Route 17M boardwalk trail at 7:30 am for a really good day of birding.

May 18–19, Break 100: Create a team or join one and see how many birds you can identify in Orange County from 4:00 pm on Friday to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Afterward, come to the countdown potluck at the Fitzpatricks’ place (496-7718) at 5:00 pm on Saturday. Let them know what you are bringing and how many in your group are coming.

May 23, Wednesday, Kenridge Farm (Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center): Meet Amy Greher (783-6363) at 7:30 am in the Cornwall Dog Park parking lot. This is a good time of year and spot for a Mourning Warbler or Gray-cheeked Thrush.

May 26, Boxbaum and Rio Reservoir: Meet Bob Slechta (534-7029) at the D & H Canal Park at 7:00 am to explore the far western reaches of Orange County.

June

June 2, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0323 or 255-0565) at the Grasslands at 7:30 am for grassland birds, especially sparrows.

June 9, Club Picnic: Meet at Winding Hills Park in Montgomery at 12:00 noon. Please bring a dish to share and a lawn chair. Contact Linda Strohl (496-3021) or Tracy Patsch (255-5840) if you have any questions.

SUMMER BREAK

August

August 11 and 12, Bombay Hook and environs: Contact Jodi Brodsky (282-1058 or jsbbirder@gmail.com) for details. Shorebirds will be the highlight of the trip.

August 25, Oil City Road: Meet Joyce Depew (978-9952) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge 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 for warblers, thrushes, vireos, sparrows, and so on.

September 22, Bashakill: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the Deli Fields at 8:30 am to look for thrushes, sparrows, warblers, and Philadelphia Vireo.

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

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.