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Old Trolley Line Conservation Area

February 12, 2023

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Laura Beltran to search for those northern finches, Pine Siskins, Common & Hoary Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, and Pine Grosbeaks which were all located in this area a few years ago during the last irruption.  Dress warm for this walk on flat, but possibly icy terrain.  For more information and to register contact Laura Beltran at [email protected]. (E/M)

Birding for Everyone: Turners Falls Power Canal

February 25, 2023

7:45 am - 10:00 am

The power canal doesn’t freeze in the winter, which makes it an interesting place to attract winter birds. Odd gulls and waterfowl are not uncommon at this time of year. We will meet in the parking lot at the end of G Street.

Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/9V88GPP1FSvaJ1ah7

Register: bit.ly/2023bfe

We will have a spanish language interpreting birder on this walk. Tendremos un observador de aves que interprete el idioma español en esta caminata.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Learn more about the Birding for Everyone program.

All Birding for Everyone events are free and open to the public.

 

Waterfowl of the Connecticut River

March 12, 2023

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mike Locher will lead this trip along the Connecticut River starting at the Holyoke Dam and visiting areas along the river up to Turners Falls in search of overwintering and migrating waterfowl. Primarily car birding but a scope is helpful.  To register contact Mike Locher at (413) 585-5864 (E)

Quabbin Reservoir HQ

March 21, 2023

7:00 am - 10:00 am

Early spring migrant search at Quabbin Park. Join Dave Gross on a leisurely walk around the south end of Quabbin. We’ll look and listen for early migrants on land and on the water. We’ll meet at the Quabbin Visitor Center at 7 AM and walk along the dam and beyond. Depending on our luck we may drive to other spots in the park. Contact Dave at [email protected] or 413-6987-8161 to sign up. (E)

American Woodcock Display

March 24, 2023

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jim Lafley will meet participants at the Garden and bring them to a site that has been reliable over the years for observing the mating sounds and displays of the American Woodcock.  It will be a very short walk from the car but be dressed in subdued colors for camouflage and warmth and in tick discouraging clothing.  Binoculars are helpful.  To register contact Jim Lafley at [email protected] (E)

 

Waterfowl & Early Migrants

March 31, 2023

6:30 am - 10:30 am

Ted Gilliland will meet participants at the Mass Audubon Arcadia Sanctuary parking lot.  This is a walk from the parking lot through the sanctuary and out to West Meadows over moderate terrain.  Boots and clothing appropriate for the weather outside for 4 hours are recommended.  Binoculars needed.  To sign-up contact Ted Gilliland at [email protected] or 480-381-5617 (E)

Westover AFB, Tilley Road Walk

April 14, 2023

8:00 am - 11:00 am

To reach the fence at Westover AFB, Jim Lafley will lead participants along Tilley Road where many species can be heard and seen before reaching the fence.  It is a flat 1 mile walk along an abandoned road.  Scopes are recommended, but the leader will have one available.  Upland Sandpipers, Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, and American Kestrels as well as other birds are possible.  To register contact Jim Lafley at [email protected] (E)

Ashley Reservoir

April 16, 2023

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mike Locher looks for early migrants like Pine and Palm Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and maybe holdover ducks. Meet in the Holyoke Elks parking lot (250 Whitney Ave.), near Exit 15 (“Holyoke Mall”) off Rt. 91 at 7 a.m. Contact Mike (413-585-5864) for more information or to register. (M with one optional S section to listen for the waterthrushes)

Note – The Elks has a “donate to park” policy, so it would be good to throw a dollar in their box.

Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge

April 23, 2023

7:00 am - 10:00 am

Laura Beltran will lead a trip which will include some stationary observations and a walk along a flat, woodland road and trail.  The group will be searching for spring migrants through a variety of habitats.  To register contact Laura Beltran at [email protected]. (E/M)

New members birdwalk

April 23, 2023

7:00 am - 9:00 am

We will meet in the parking area behind the Belchertown Police Station at 7:00 am. Bring your binoculars–or we will have loaners if you need them. Please email us at [email protected] to let us know if you plan to attend and/or if you need directions.

Park Hill Orchard

April 26, 2023

6:30 am - 9:30 am

The Park Hill Orchard with surrounding fields and woodlands can be an excellent place to see a wide variety of spring migrants.  Join Jim Lafley as he leads the group around this area with stunning views of the Mt. Tom range.  To register contact Jim Lafley at [email protected] (E/M)

Gate 5 at Quabbin Reservoir

May 14, 2023

6:30 am - 9:30 am

Greg Brown knows this area well as he lives nearby and birds it frequently.  It’s a good time and a good location for finding both migrating and resident nesting birds.  The variety of habitat along this easily accessed road makes it a great spot.  To register contact Greg at [email protected]n.com (E)

 

Hilltown Rambles All Day

May 20, 2023

6:30 am

Join Dave Gross and Bob Zimmermann as they ramble around the Berkshire hilltowns to look for those migrants that prefer higher elevations than the valley provides. We’ll be on the lookout for American Bittern, Sandhill Cranes, Blackburnian Warblers and Spotted Sandpipers along with anything else we can turn up. There will be a bit of hiking at the hilly Moran Wildlife Area. Meet at the Northampton Stop & Shop parking lot at 6:30 am. Pack a lunch or pick one up at our stop at the Cummington Creamery. For information and to sign up, please contact Dave ([email protected] or 413-687-8161) or Bob ([email protected] or 413-585-0405).  (E/M/S)

Mt. Holyoke

May 21, 2023

6:00 am - 11:00 am

Mike Locher hikes up the park road to the top of this local peak hoping for some later migrants and deep-woods breeding specialties including Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers and Yellow-throated Vireos. Meet at the (gated) entrance to Skinner State Park (at the end of Old Mountain Road in Hadley) at 6:00 am. This is an occasionally steep hike on a paved road.  For more information or to register contact Mike (413-585-5864). (M/S)

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