Field Trips

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


In keeping with efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mearns Bird Club Board of Directors has decided to cancel ALL club field trips and meetings through the end of June 2020. The club picnic, traditionally held in June, has been postponed.

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.


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


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 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?


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 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 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!