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.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Field Trips


• Groups will be limited to 10 people. If more than 10 people attend, a second group will be formed.
• There will be no carpooling, except by family members.
• Masks are required for all participants.
• Social distancing will be practiced.
• There will be no sharing of optics, including spotting scopes.

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 region: Meet Dave Baker (446-4030) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion 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 region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion restaurant in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 AM for a chance at Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 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 to 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?

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.

October

October 3, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center (formerly Kenridge Farm): Meet Amy Greher (783-6363) at the Cornwall Dog Park at 8:00 AM. Palm Warblers and Lincoln’s Sparrow are expected.

October 10, Big Sit! Kathy Ashman  (294-6140) is the coordinator of this event, which has been held at Glenmere Lake in previous years. We are still discussing whether or not we can participate this year and where we might hold our event. Watch for more information!

October 11, Sunday, Storm King Art Center: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at 8:30 AM to bird this world-famous sculpture park. Admission will be free.

October 17, Croton Point: Meet Jodi Brodsky (282-1058) at the Croton-Harmon train station boat launch at 8:30 AM to bird this fall migrant trap.

October 24, Oil City Road: Meet Joyce Depew (978-9952) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 8:30 AM. Maybe we’ll find another LeConte’s Sparrow this year!

November

November 7, Black Dirt region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3203) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion restaurant in Pine Island, New York, to look for Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and maybe a Lapland Longspur.

November 14, Eastern Orange lakes: Meet Bruce Nott (542-0583) and Carlotta Shearson (234-8314) at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (Route 300) at 8:30 AM and plan on seeing a good mix of ducks.

November 21, Southern Orange lakes: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) in the parking lot of the strip mall next to the Chester, New York, McDonald’s at 8:30 AM and plan for a “ducky day”!

November 28, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Tom and Jane (255-0565) at the Grasslands at 5:00 PM for Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls.

December

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Photo by Bill Fiero.

December 5 and 6, Cape Ann, Massachusetts: Contact Jodi Brodsky (282-1058) for details about this fabulous trip to see alcids, grebes, loons, winter ducks, and so on.

December 19, Eastern Orange Christmas Bird Count: Contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for more information.

January

January 16, New York State Winter Duck Count: Contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for details.

January 30, Eagle Trip I: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) in the parking lot of the Iona Island overlook on Route 202/6 (“the Goat Trail”) at 8:30 AM. We’ll see if we can find 100+ Bald Eagles.

February

February 13, Black Dirt region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion restaurant in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 AM to look for larks, buntings, Rough-legged Hawks, and so on.

February 20, Eagle Trip II: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) in the parking lot of the Iona Island overlook on Route 202/6 (“the Goat Trail”) at 8:30 AM. We’ll see what’s new on the river since the January trip.

March

March 6, Rye/Greenwich: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) in the Rye Playland parking lot at 9:00 AM to look for winter ducks, loons, grebes, and more.

March 13, Back Dirt region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion restaurant in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 AM to see what winter birds are still around as blackbirds start showing up in numbers.

March 20, Oil City Road: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 8:30 AM for ducks galore! Bring a lunch if you want to join Kathy for an afternoon of checking some of the lakes in that area of Orange County.

March 27, Eastern Orange Lakes: Meet Bruce Nott (542-0583) and Carlotta Shearson (234-8314) at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (Route 300) at 8:30 AM and plan on seeing lots of waterfowl.

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 Richard Van Tieghem at rich.w2vt@gmail.com. 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!