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    • 24 May 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 28 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Ohio

    Friday-Tuesday, May 24-28, MAGEE MARSH/OTTAWA NWR, OHIO (Out-of-area trip)

    Coordinators: Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen 518-330-4552(GR, c), gregg.recer@gmail.com

    The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and several other adjacent or nearby conservation areas make up one of the Midwest’s premier songbird migration sites. The area is composed of a mosaic of habitats including forested beach ridges, open grasslands, woodlands, hardwood swamp, open marsh, and Lake Erie coastline. Northbound passerine migrants tend to stop for re-fueling at the lake boundary and can accumulate in impressive fallouts under the right conditions. The area boasts upwards of 3 dozen migrant warbler species and about 150 migrant species overall each spring. There are also chances in the region for highlight breeding species such as yellow-throated and prothonotary warbler, red-headed woodpecker, and lark sparrow. Memorial Day weekend is a little beyond the typical migration peak at Magee, but it still is within the window for the majority of migrant activity. At the same time, we will avoid the worst of the monster crowds that descend on Magee earlier in May, and we will also be in the area during the peak period for Connecticut Warbler.

    We plan to let participants make their own travel arrangements to the area, but the coordinators will arrange lodging. Straight-through driving time from Albany is approximately 9 hours, or flights can be arranged through Cleveland or Detroit. Plan on car-pooling in as few vehicles as possible while in the Magee area. There will be a limit of 10 participants (including the coordinators) for this trip.

    RESERVATIONS REQUIRED WELL IN ADVANCE: CONTACT THE COORDINATORS BY March 15th FOR RESERVATIONS AND LOGISTICS DETAILS.

    • 27 May 2019
    • 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rensselaerville (Albany County)

    Monday, May 27, PARTRIDGE RUN WMA (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: Zach Schwartz-Weinstein zachsw@gmail.com

    Map: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86068.html

    We will explore southwestern Albany County’s higher elevation habitat for late and breeding migrants. Likely spots include Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area and Rensselaerville State Forest. In the past, this trip has turned up numerous breeding warblers and flycatchers, as well as rare and uncommon breeding species. Trails are rocky, hilly, and often muddy. Expect to walk some distance.

    Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the New Scotland Town Hall, located on State Route 85 in New Scotland. We will carpool to the destinations from there.

    • 1 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Berlin, Rensselaer County

    Saturday, June 1, CHERRY PLAIN (Rensselaer County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    Cherry Plain State Park is situated on the Rensselaer Plateau of the Capital District. The relatively high elevation, cool climate and a variety of forested and wetland habitats make this a good area for northern species. Nesting species include Least Flycatcher, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Common Raven, Broad-winged Hawk, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-White and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Veery, Hermit Thrush and Winter Wren also nest here.

    Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Hannaford parking lot on the right side of Route 43, just past the intersection of Route 150 in West Sand Lake, to carpool to the park.

    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC

    Speaker: Meteorologist Jason Gough 

    Meteorologist Jason Gough is looking forward to spending some time with the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club in early June.  Jason notes that birders all have a unique connection to the weather, as do the birds we observe!   Jason has a true appreciation of birds and their bioengineering, and explains that, “As advanced as we are at aviation physics and mechanics, we got nuthin’ on birds.”

    In his open discussion on June 3, Jason hopes to answer some of our many questions and to teach us a little bit about how and why our weather works.  He hopes that it will enhance our birding experiences and looks forward to learning from birders as well!

    Bring your questions about the weather!!

    Jason Gough was born and raised in Albany.  He graduated from Albany High School and attended Auburn University.  He transferred to and received his degree in meteorology from the University of Maryland.  (It should be noted that he is a huge fan of Auburn Football and goes to at least one game a year there).

    While at Maryland, he interned at WJLA for a summer.  The station created a paid position to keep him on as a weather producer and forecaster.  After he graduated, he took his first on-air position in Corpus Christi, Texas in August 2001.

    He returned to Albany to WNYT, where he was on air for 13 years.  He made the decision to leave the station to pursue the fight to pass the Child Victims Act into law, which happened back in February.  He also set out to lobby for funding for his television show, Wine About the Weather, which he will continue to do until the end of March. 

    Lastly, he hosts a website, jasonsweather.com. It has all kinds of forecasts, blogs and articles on weather that he regularly updates.  You can sign up for a daily delivered email (6am) and request a personal forecast for something you have going on.

    • 9 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Galway

    Sunday, June 9, GALWAY NATURE PRESERVE (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: Ellen Pemrick 518-882-9163 lnmp@nycap.rr.com

    Galway Nature Preserve is a property owned and managed by Saratoga PLAN. It contains about 2.5 miles of trails that meander through forest, marshland, and pond habitat. On this trip, we will walk the trails looking – and listening – for warblers, vireos, thrushes, and other woodland species. We’ll also explore the adjacent farm fields.  In past years, we’ve found Indigo Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, Scarlet Tanager, and nesting Eastern Wood-Pewees. 

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the preserve parking lot. Directions: http://www.saratogaplan.org/explore/public-preserves-trails/galway-nature-preserve.


    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Fultonville

    Saturday, June 15, LOST VALLEY STATE FOREST (Montgomery County; morning)

    Coordinator: David Harrison 908- 892-5495 david.harrison57@earthlink.net

    Lost Valley State Forest, Schoharie Creek Preserve and Butler Rd. in Montgomery County are close together and offer three different habitat types. Lost Valley SF (1000 ft. elev.) in the next year or two should have good Mourning Warbler habitat since it was partially logged about two years ago. Schoharie Creek Preserve has a 1.3 mile loop trail, starting and ending at the preserve parking lot, which passes by a series of waterfalls along Wilsey Creek. The terrain and habitat along Butler Road looks good for Worm-eating Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher, although neither have been detected yet.

    Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the NYS Thruway Exit 27 Park ‘N’ Ride on Rt. 30 in Amsterdam.


    • 16 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cropseyville

    Sunday, June 16, DYKEN POND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (Rensselaer County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com 

    Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is located on the Rensselaer Plateau near Cropseyville. It is elevated wet woodlands with a system of loop trails. This trip will take the group down to the edge of the pond, then through thick woodlands, around the boardwalk at Dustin Swamp and back to the entrance road. Birds such as Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green and Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, and Blue-headed Vireo are common, along with Scarlet Tanager, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. It is a wet environment so proper footwear is advised.

    Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Walmart Plaza on Route 7 (760 Hoosick Road) in Troy, at the plaza entrance directly across the road from Dunkin’ Donuts.


    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Waterford/Cohoes

    Sunday, August 11, PEEBLES ISLAND STATE PARK/COHOES FLATS (Saratoga/Albany Counties; morning)

    Coordinator:John Hershey 518-371-3114hersheyj@nycap.rr.com

    The wooded areas of Peebles Island are good for seeing a variety of songbirds. The river area and rocky flats around the island are usually good for Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Bald Eagle as well as shore birds, herons, egrets, Chimney Swifts and ducks. From the meeting place, we will check out the Cohoes Flats and then consolidate vehicles before proceeding to Peebles Island since there is a fee for each car entering.

    If weather or water conditions are unfavorable for this trip, it may be rescheduled for Sunday, August 18. Please check the Club Calendar at https://hmbc.net/calendar-date to verify that the trip will be taking place on the expected date!

    Meet at the NY State Dam Recreation area behind the U-Haul Rental in Cohoes at 8:30 a.m. From 787 going north, turn right onto Route 470 (Ontario Street) in Cohoes. Then turn left onto Clark Ave. and proceed to the end.


    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany

    Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2018, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@aol.com (8/25-8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176trwdsd@yahoo.com (8/28-8/29)

    The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks often travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are also among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

    We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany

    Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2018, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@aol.com (8/25-8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176trwdsd@yahoo.com (8/28-8/29)

    The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks often travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are also among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

    We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany

    Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2018, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@aol.com (8/25-8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176trwdsd@yahoo.com (8/28-8/29)

    The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks often travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are also among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

    We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany

    Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2018, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@aol.com (8/25-8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176trwdsd@yahoo.com (8/28-8/29)

    The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks often travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are also among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

    We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany

    Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29, 2018, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@aol.com (8/25-8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176trwdsd@yahoo.com (8/28-8/29)

    The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks often travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are also among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

    We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rensselaerville

    Saturday, August 31, HUYCK PRESERVE/MYOSOTIS LAKE (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: John Kent 518-424-2234 jwkent@fastmail.fm

    We will walk the shore of Myosotis Lake looking for migrating warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers in the shrubby habitat of the Lake Trail. Bald Eagles, all three local falcon species, and several species of hawks have been seen on some of the past years' trips. Depending on the water level, the mudflats at the north end of the lake often host migrating shorebirds. It may be necessary to walk through some mud to get a view, so be prepared. From there we will continue through the woods to Lincoln Pond, where we will check for waterfowl and herons. The total walking distance is around 1.5 miles.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. at New Scotland Town Hall on Route 85 for carpooling. Parking at Myosotis Lake is limited.

    • 7 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Menands

    Saturday, September 7, ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: Tristan Lowery 646-323-8914 tristanlowery@gmail.com

    Albany Rural Cemetery in the Town of Colonie is one of the most historic burial grounds in the United States – and it’s also a great place for birding in a beautifully-landscaped, park-like setting.

    We’ll visit Albany Rural Cemetery at the very onset of the peak weeks for fall songbird migration, so a variety of southbound warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers may be possible, in addition to many year-round species. Depending on where the birding takes us along the cemetery’s meandering trails, we may also find ourselves by the graves of such national and local luminaries as 21st President of the United States Chester A. Arthur, Erastus Corning and Erastus Corning 2nd, Daniel Manning, Erastus Dow Palmer, Stephen Van Rensselaer, and Thurlow Weed.

    Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the cemetery chapel and mausoleum. From Broadway (NY-32) HEADING north through Menands, turn left onto Cemetery Avenue at the prominent Albany Rural Cemetery gate. Continue west on Cemetery Avenue, keeping right at the St. Agnes Cemetery gate and continue past the Albany Rural Cemetery office to the chapel. There is adequate visitor parking at the chapel.  

    • 8 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Lebanon

    Sunday, September 8, HAND HOLLOW CONSERVATION AREA (Columbia County; morning)

    Coordinator:Marion Sole 203-710-9096 mrnsole7@gmail.com

    Columbia Land Conservancy owns and manages 433 acres at Hand Hollow Conservation Area for the protection of wildlife and open space. The property has an active beaver pond and two lakes, and trails that pass by ponds, creeks, wet meadows and a hemlock ravine. We will be looking for migrant songbirds as well as lingering residents.

    Meet 8:00 am at the parking lot. From the intersection of Route 22 and 20 in New Lebanon, take US 20 4.5 miles to CR 9. Take CR 9 south 1.2 miles and turn west (right) into a parking lot at the farmhouse just past the pond.

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • East Berne

    Saturday, September 14, HAWK WATCHING AND SONGBIRDS AT THACHER STATE PARK (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: Gary Goodness 518-862-9260 goodness@nycap.rr.com

    We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, and sparrows and warblers can also be found along the trails around the overlook.

    Meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Key Bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland.

    • 15 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Albany

    Sunday, September 15, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176 trwdsd@yahoo.com

    We will explore the Karner Barrens East unit of Albany Pine Bush Preserve, via the "yellow" perimeter trail, and "blue" dune overlook trail. We will be looking for warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. The dune overlook trail has a moderate climb and descent. This is approximately a three-mile loop. Take proper precautions to avoid ticks.

    Map: http://www.albanypinebush.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1-KBarrensEW-2-pages.pdf

    Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany.

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Stillwater

    Saturday, September 21, SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator:Marne Onderdonk marne37@icloud.com

    This popular trip features beautiful foliage and a good chance to see hawks, woodpeckers, sparrows, bluebirds and late migrants as we walk the woods and grasslands of the battlefield. You never know what will turn up. There is no longer a fee for use of the trails.

    Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot near the park’s visitor center off SR 32.

    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saratoga Springs

    Sunday, September 22, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: Ron Harrower 518-744-2637 rharrower@nycap.rr.com

    Picnic table graveyard? Hardly! Explore this very productive area at the south end of Saratoga Spa Park. From weedy brush lot to capped landfill, and through woods, this spot has earned attention as a haven for migrants in its many edge habitats. Expect warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and vireos. The path is level and mostly gravel.

    Meet at 8:00am at the Carlsbad parking area. From Rt. 50 or Rt. 9, take East-West Road through the south end of the Park. Carlsbad parking lot is just west of the Peerless Pool lot. Admission is charged after 8:30 so please be prompt.


    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stuyvesant

    Saturday, September 28, NUTTEN HOOK (Columbia County, morning)

    Coordinator: Kathy Schneider 518-248-8665 fallline@nycap.rr.com

    Nutten Hook is part of Stockport Flats, a Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve site in Colombia County. The area includes the remains of the largest ice house on the Hudson as well as a loop trail that borders the river for a quarter mile. The return path cuts inland through oak woods, abandoned farmland, and tidal marshes. Bald Eagles and early fall migrants are expected.

    Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area by the pavilion, which is west of the railroad tracks, and the buildings on Ice House Rd. Ice House Rd. is off Route 9J in Stuyvesant.

    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Schenectady

    Sunday, September 29, WOODLAWN PRESERVE (Schenectady County; morning)

    Coordinator: Bill Lee 518-374-3426 bileej@hotmail.com

    The Woodlawn Preserve is in the Southeast corner of Schenectady County abutting the western edge of the Pine Bush. The area contains a flood control pond, forested sand dunes and general wetland habitat. Trips in prior years have seen migrating warblers and sparrows. The pond may attract various waterfowl.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in front of Petsmart in Mohawk Commons at the corner of State Street and Balltown Road (Balltown Rd. side). We will carpool the short distance to the Preserve.

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Colonie

    Saturday, October 12, THE BIG SIT! AT ANN LEE POND (Albany County; all day)

    Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176trwdsd@yahoo.com

    We will have registered a count circle for the 2019 Big Sit, which will be conducted from the open picnic area at the north end of Ann Lee Pond in Colonie. If you aren't familiar with the Big Sit, you'll find more information here:

    About the Big Sit

    The idea is for a group of birders to observe as many species as possible in a 24-hour period from a 17-foot diameter circle set up in a strategically located spot. We will only attempt to do the daylight hours for our purposes. A small group of us will set up the location at 7:30 a.m. and staff it until noon. Anyone who wishes to come by at any point during the day is welcome!! Even if you can only stay for an hour, that will enable others to leave the circle for a short time to forage for food and facilities at nearby businesses. Bring a portable chair, your binoculars, and some snacks and drinks. If you want to stretch your legs, there is a nice loop trail around the pond, too. We hope to see you there! Map is here:

    Ann Lee Pond information

    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Delmar

    Sunday, October 13, FIVE RIVERS EEC (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: John Kent 518-424-2234 jwkent@fastmail.fm

    We’ll walk about 2 miles over generally flat terrain with some small hills, passing through a variety of habitats. Migrating sparrows are often abundant at this time of the year, with a good chance of Lincoln’s and White-crowned as well as more common species. Both species of kinglet may be present, as well as Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo. A late Nashville, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll or Magnolia Warbler might be found. Wood Duck and other waterfowl are possible, as well as Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlin. Wet grass and muddy spots may be encountered, so waterproof footwear is recommended.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.

    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rhode Island

    Friday, October 25, DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS, Rhode Island Coast/Sachuest NWR

    Field trip is November 8-11

    Coordinators: Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen 518-330-4552(GR, c), gregg.recer@gmail.com

    RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Contact the coordinators by October 25th for reservations and logistics details.


    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Scotia

    Saturday, October 26, COLLINS LAKE (Schenectady County; morning)

    Coordinator: Bill Lee  518-374-3426 bileej@hotmail.com

    We will visit Collins Lake to view late migrating waterfowl from the beach and the east side of the lake. We will also take a wall east along the north side of the Mohawk River for fall sparrows. Fox Sparrows have been seen in previous years. Foliage will be off the trees to make finding LBJs (Little Brown Jobs) a bit easier.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the western end of the Gateway Bridge at Jumpin’ Jacks in Scotia. Bring a scope if you have one.

    • 2 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Raymertown

    Saturday, November 2, TOMHANNOCK RESERVOIR (Rensselaer County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    Join us for a morning trip around the Tomhannock Reservoir. We hope to find a variety of waterfowl as resident and migrant passerines and possibly shorebirds. Rarities have turned up at the Tomhannock in the fall and we often find Bald Eagles.

    Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking area at the intersection of Lake Shore Dr. and NY Route 7 at the west end of the causeway. Bring a scope if you have one.

    • 3 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clifton Park

    Sunday, November 3, VISCHER FERRY NATURE AND HISTORICAL PRESERVE (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator:John Hershey 518-371-3114 hersheyj@nycap.rr.com

    On this trip we’ll be looking for migrant waterfowl and winter residents. Rusty Blackbirds are often observed at this time of year. We will start at the main entrance to the Preserve. We will also explore some of the lesser known areas of the Preserve, such as Ferry Drive and the area around the Vischer Ferry Power Plant where Bald Eagles and migrant waterfowl are often seen. The new hike/bike trail from the Clamsteam Tavern location to Ferry Dr. is completed, and this will open new areas to the east of the Whipple Bridge. The leader may choose to go in this direction.

    Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the VFNHP main entrance, at the intersection of Riverview and Van Vranken Rds. in Clifton Park.

    • 8 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 11 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rhode Island

    Friday-Monday, November 8-11, RHODE ISLAND COAST/SACHUEST POINT NWR (Out-of-area trip)

    Coordinators:Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen 518-330-4552 (GR, c), gregg.recer@gmail.com

    This trip to the Rhode Island coast will focus on late fall migrants and wintering loons, grebes, gulls, waterfowl and shorebirds. Sachuest Point NWR generally hosts large numbers of wintering Harlequin Ducks, along with scoters, eider, goldeneye and long-tailed duck, and is usually a good spot for purple sandpiper and great cormorant. We’ll also cover other coastal locales such as Pt. Judith, East Providence and Galilee searching for white-winged gulls, wintering hawks, open-field birds and alcids. We plan to leave early Saturday morning and stay 2 nights in the Newport area. There will be a limit of 10 participants (including the coordinators) for this trip.

    RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Contact the coordinators by October 25th for reservations and logistics details.

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 4:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Schenectady area

    Saturday, December 14, SCHENECTADY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

    Coordinator/Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@nycap.rr.com


    • 28 Dec 2019
    • 4:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Southern Rensselaer County

    Saturday, December 28, SOUTHERN RENSSELAER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

    Coordinator/Compiler: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com


    • 4 Jan 2020
    • 4:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Troy & Vicinity

    Saturday, January 4, 2020, TROY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

    Coordinator/Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@nycap.rr.com





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