Field Trips

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

Field Trip Schedule

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.



February 2, Jones Beach: Join Jodi Brodsky (282-1058) for a mini Cape Ann trip, but closer to home. If you are interested in this trip, contact Jodi for details.

February 16, Eagle Trip II: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at the North Plank Road McDonald’s (Route 32) at 8:30 am to search for eagles, falcons, ducks, and so on.


March 2, Rye: Meet Bob Slechta (541-8210) at the Rye Playland parking lot at 8:30 am for wintering loons, grebes, and ducks.

March 9, Black Dirt Region: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) in the parking lot of the former Jolly Onion restaurant (Pine Island) at 8:30 am for the first big wave of blackbirds, not to mention sparrows, larks, buntings, and longspurs.

March 16, Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the Department of Environmental Conservation parking lot on the north side of Haven Road, west of the causeway. Be there at 8:30 am for ducks, Fox Sparrows, and Rusty Blackbirds.

March 23, Oil City Road, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the refuge observation platform at 8:30 am for 100+ Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail, plus other ducks and early migrants.

March 30, eastern Orange County lakes: Meet Bruce Nott (542-0583) and Bob Slechta for this always rewarding trip. Be at the northwest corner of the Newburgh Walmart parking lot (Route 300) at 8:30 am.


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.

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.