Field Trips

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

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.

November

November 2, Kenridge Farm (Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center): Meet Amy Greher (783-6363) at the main parking lot at 8:30 AM. We’ll see whether we can find a Hermit Thrush, both kinglets, and a late warbler or two.

November 9, Black Dirt: Meet Dave Baker (446-4030) in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion Restaurant in Pine Island at 8:30 AM to scour the area for Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, raptors and maybe a longspur.

November 16, Southern Orange lakes: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the Chester McDonald’s at 8:30 AM, and she will find us a good variety of ducks and other waterfowl.

November 23, Eastern Orange lakes: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) and Bruce Nott at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (by the automotive department) at 8:30 AM for a productive and rewarding day.

November 30, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0565) at the refuge at 4:00 PM as the Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers start to hunt for dinner.

December

December 7 and 8, Cape Ann, Massachusetts: Contact Jodi Brodsky at 282-1058 or jsbbirder@gmail.com for this fabulous trip to see alcids, grebes, loons, winter ducks, and other northern birds.

December 21, Eastern Orange Christmas Bird Count: If you’ve never participated in a Christmas count and want to join the fun, contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for more information.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Photo by Bill Fiero.

January

January 18, New York State Winter Duck Count: If you would like to participate in the count, contact Bob Slechta (541-8210).

January 25, Eagle Trip I: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at the Route 202/6 “Goat Trail” Iona Island overlook at 8:30 AM for this very popular trip. We had 140 Bald Eagles last year!

February

February 1–3, Cape May, New Jersey: Contact Warren Cairo (wrcairo@gmail.com or 845-800-0506) for a great weekend of winter specialties along the New Jersey coast. Contact Warren at least a month ahead of the trip, and he will get in touch with you a week prior with the details—this trip is weather-dependent. Keep the subsequent weekend (February 8–10) open as well, in case the first weekend is a no-go.

February 15, Eagle Trip II: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at 8:30 AM at the “Goat Trail” Iona Island overlook for another eagle hunt and whatever else pops up.

February 22, Black Dirt: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion Restaurant in Pine Island at 8:30 AM to look for larks, buntings, falcons, and so on.

March

March 7, Rye Playland and Greenwich: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at the Playland parking lot at 9:00 AM and scour Long Island Sound for wintering ducks, loons, grebes, and so on.

March 14, Black Dirt II: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion Restaurant in Pine Island at 8:30 AM for another try at larks, buntings, and longspurs, as well as the arrival of large flocks of blackbirds and maybe our first Killdeer.

March 21, Oil City Road: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 8:30 AM for large numbers of ducks—hundreds of Northern Pintails and Green-winged Teal.

March 25, Southern Orange lakes: Meet Kathy Ashman at the Chester McDonald’s at 8:30 AM for a mix of waterfowl to be found on area lakes and ponds.

March 28, Eastern Orange lakes: Meet Bruce Nott and Karen Miller (381-3283) at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (near the automotive department) at 8:30 AM for another look at waterfowl in northeastern Orange County.

March 28, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0565) at the refuge at 7:00 PM for woodcock and hold-over Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers. This trip in March should be better than past April trips.

Notes

The phone number is given for each leader. If you have any doubts about a trip happening due to weather CALL, either the night before or in the morning—the leader will be up checking the weather too, so CALL! You can also keep an eye on the Mearns Yahoo 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 do 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!

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.