Field Trips

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

ANNOUNCEMENT

In light of the restrictions announced by Governor Cuomo on March 16, the Mearns Bird Club Board of Directors has decided to cancel ALL club field trips and meetings through the end of April 2020.

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.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Photo by Bill Fiero.
Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.

May

May 2, Glenmere Lake: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) in the parking lot of the park at 8:00 AM. Last year’s trip to this interesting location was rewarding in terms of both variety and numbers.

May 6, Wednesday, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center (formerly Kenridge Farm): Meet Amy Greher (783-6363) in the Cornwall Dog Park parking lot off Angola Road at 7:30 AM for what should be a very birdy day.

May 9, Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: Meet Joyce Depew (978-9952) at the Stop Sign Trail at 7:30 AM for a stupendous day of birding, 70 species minimum and lots of warblers!

May 13, Wednesday, Goosepond Mountain State Park: Meet Bill Iannone (783-7467) at the Route 17M boardwalk trail at 7:30 AM. Goosepond has turned out to be a very productive birding location over the years.

May 15 and 16, Break 100! Create a new team or join an existing one and see how many birds you can identify in Orange County from 4:00 PM on Friday to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Afterwards, there will be a countdown potluck at the Fitzpatricks (496-7718) at 5:00 PM on Saturday. Let them know how many are in your party and what you’re bringing. Ask a club member if you want to know more about the Break 100.

May 20, Wednesday, Stewart State Forest: Meet Bill Fiero (728-5208) at the North Ridge Road parking lot at 8:00 AM. White-eyed Vireo or Mourning Warbler? Perhaps.

May 23, Ironwood Drive: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at the end of Ironwood Drive (Sterling Forest area) at 8:00 AM. We’ll look for Golden-winged Warblers and other goodies.

May 23, Oil City Road: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 4:00 PM (afternoon) to see what we can turn up late in the day.

May 30, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0565) in the parking lot at 7:30 AM for grassland birds and, if we’re lucky, a Henslow’s Sparrow.

June

June (date TBD), Mearns club picnic: More information to follow. Check the Mearns Club Groups.io site.

Summer Break

August

August 22, Oil City Road: Joyce Depew (978-9952) will be at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 7:30 AM. Least Bittern maybe? There will be lots of egrets for sure.

August 29, Black Dirt: Meet Dave Baker (446-4030) in the parking lot of the Jolly Onion Inn Restaurant in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 AM and scour the turf farms for Buff-breasted Sandpipers and American Golden Plovers.

September

September 12, Black Dirt II: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of the Jolly Onion Inn Restaurant in Pine Island, New York at 8:30 AM for another chance at Buff-breasted Sandpipers and American Golden Plovers and open land birds.

September 19, Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the Deli Fields at 8:30 AM. We hope for Swainson’s and Gray-cheeked Thrushes and Philadelphia Vireos.

September 26, Winding Waters Trail (Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge): Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) in the parking lot for the Winding Waters Trail (Oil City Road) at 8:00 AM and see if we can find a Connecticut Warbler or Dickcissel.

September 30, Wednesday, Stewart State Forest: Meet Bill Fiero (728-5208) at the North Ridge Road parking lot at 8:00 AM. Little Blue Heron? Lincoln’s Sparrow? Yellow-breasted Chat?

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 Jan Fitzpatrick, 1 Keith Place, Campbell Hall, NY 10916 or fjfitz@frontiernet.net. 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!