Field Trips

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

Summer/Fall 2018 Field Trips

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.


August 11 and 12, Bombay Hook and environs: Contact Jodi Brodsky (282-1058 or 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 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.


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 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.