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Station Road Rail Trail: Early Migrants | Half day | Moderate

April 21, 2018

Ted Gilliland seeks out early migrants along the rail trail. Meet at the Station Road parking area at 7 a.m. Contact Ted at 480-381-5617 or tgillila-at-mtholyoke-dot-edu for more information. (M)

Hawkwatching at Goat Peak | Morning | Moderate

April 24, 2018

Tom Gagnon looks for migrating hawks and early-season butterflies at Mount Tom State Reservation. Meet at Bray Lake parking area at 8:30 a.m. From there the group will drive up to the old park headquarters and take a 20-minute walk to Goat Peak tower. Contact Tom (413-584-6353) for more information. (Rain date: Wednesday, April 25.) (M)

Quick-and-Dirty Morning Birding: Aqua Vitae Road | Morning | Easy/Moderate

April 25, 2018

Mike Locher looks for migrants, and with luck, there may be a few ducks and shorebirds. Meet near the entrance furthest from the bridge at 6:00 a.m. (E/M)

Coastal Leader's Choice | Full Day | Moderate

April 28, 2018

Aidan and Devin Griffiths will probably go to the shores Connecticut, including Sherwood Island. However, if something amazing pops up around Parker River, they’ll head to northeastern Massachusetts. They’ll make their decision based on where the best sightings are. Meeting time is 6 a.m. at a place to be determined. Contact Devin (413-323-8417) to register and for information on the destination. (M)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

May 1, 2018

George Regmund, Ted Gilliland, and Laura Beltran look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:00 a.m. (E/M)

Station Road Rail Trail | Half day | Moderate

May 5, 2018

Aidan and Devin Griffiths reprise last year’s warbler-fest with a walk along the Station Road rail trail. For hardy souls, there may be an extension to Wentworth Farm in Amherst. Meet at the rail trail parking area on Station Road at 6:30 a.m. Contact Devin (413-323-8417) for more information. (M)

Quabbin Gate 5 and Lake Wallace | Full | Moderate/Strenuous

May 6, 2018

Aidan and Devin Griffiths visit two Belchertown hotspots, looking for spring migrants and anything else they can find.  Meet at Gate 5 at 6:30 a.m. Contact Devin (413-323-8417) for more information. (M/S)

Quick-and-Dirty Morning Birding: Hadley Transfer Station | Morning | Easy/Moderate

May 8, 2018

Mike Locher looks for migrants around one of the (perhaps justifiably) underappreciated parts of the Honey Pot. Meet at the turnaround just past the transfer station (end of North Branch Road, Hadley) at 6:00 a.m. (E/M)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

May 8, 2018

George Regmund, Ted Gilliland, and Laura Beltran look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:30 a.m. (E/M)

Mineral Hills Conservation Area | Half Day | Easy/Moderate

May 12, 2018

Marcia Merithew and Betsy Higgins lead birders through one of the less-known Northampton conservation areas. This has been a consistent place for Prairie Warbler over the past several years. For information, contact Marcia (413-896-9539 or mmerithew-at-comcast-dot-net). Meet at the JFK Middle School parking lot (100 Bridge Road, Florence) at 7 a.m. (E/M)

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown, MA | Full Day | Moderate

May 13, 2018

David Peake-Jones heads to this legendary garden cemetery and migrant trap in Watertown, MA, which can play host to a dazzling array of warblers on a good day, and is a beautiful and sometimes moving place to bird.  Depending on weather and interest we may make an optional stop along the way home.  We will meet at the Northampton Bowling Alley at 5:45 AM to carpool.  Contact David Peake-Jones ([email protected]) before the end of Friday, May 11 to register. (M)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

May 15, 2018

George Regmund, Henry Lappen, Stephen LaValley, and Devin Griffiths look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:00 a.m. (E/M)

Montague Plains WMA: Whip-poor-wills | Evening | Easy

May 16, 2018

Al Richards searches the unique habitat around the Montague Plain for whip-poor-wills and other local specialties (like Towhees and Prairie Warblers). Contact Al (413-665-2761) to register and get meeting information. (E)

Montague Sandplains | Half Day | Easy/Moderate

May 20, 2018

Jeremy Coleman leads a daylight trip into this unique habitat. Expected birds will be Prairie, Black and White, Blue-winged, Chestnut-sided, and Pine Warblers, Redstart, Ovenbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Grasshopper and Field Sparrow, and many other breeding species, with the possibility for late migrants such as Mourning or Canada Warbler. And there’s the possibility of Red Crossbills. For information, contact Jeremy (jcolemanarch-at-gmail-dot-com). (E/M)

Quick-and-Dirty Morning Birding: USFWS Northeast Regional Headquarters | Morning | Easy

May 22, 2018

Mike Locher looks for Willow Flycatchers, orioles, and warblers. Meet at the visitor’s lot (300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley) at 6:00 a.m. (E)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

May 22, 2018

George Regmund, Stephen LaValley, and Devin Griffiths look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:00 a.m. (E/M)

Monhegan Island | Overnight | Easy/Strenuous

May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Scott Surner leads the Hampshire Bird Club’s pilgrimage to Monhegan Island. Not only is the island charming, but the numbers and variety of migrating birds can be astonishing. This trip is limited to 12 Hampshire Bird Club members. Price will depend upon the number of participants. Contact Scott (413-256-5438) for information, and Mike Locher (413-585-5864 or [email protected]) to register or for questions about the cost of the trip. (E/M/S)

Knightville Dam | Half Day+ | Easy

May 26, 2018

Marcia Merithew and Betsy Higgins visit Knightville Dam, looking for spring migrants and local residents. Contact Marcia (413-896-9539 or mmerithew-at-comcast-dot-net)for details. Meet at 7 a.m. at the John F. Kennedy Middle School (100 Bridge Road; Florence, MA). (E/M)

Mount Holyoke | Half Day | Easy

May 27, 2018

David Peake-Jones will lead birders on a hike 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 (both quite reliable in recent years).  We will meet at the (gated) entrance to Skinner State Park (at the end of Old Mountain Road in Hadley) at 6:00 am.  This is a steep hike on a paved road.  Contact David Peake-Jones ([email protected]) before the end of Friday, May 25 to register. (M/S)

Quick-and-Dirty Morning Birding: Orchard Arboretum | Morning | Moderate

May 29, 2018

Mike Locher looks for warblers around this hidden conservation area. Meet at Russett Lane in Amherst at 6:00 a.m. (M)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

May 29, 2018

Devin Griffiths, Henry Lappen, and Stephen LaValley look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:30 a.m. (E/M)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

June 9, 2018

George Regmund, Laura Beltran, and Josh Rose look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:00 a.m. (E/M)

Westover Air Reserve Base | Half Day | Easy/Moderate

June 9, 2018

DATE CHANGE! Mike Locher hosts the HBC’s annual trip to New England’s premier grassland habitat, where we are practically guaranteed to find Upland Sandpipers, Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks. This trip is limited to Hampshire Bird Club members only. Contact Mike (413-585-5864 or [email protected]) by May 1 to register and check on the place and time for meeting. (E/M)

Mount Greylock | Full Day | Moderate

June 10, 2018

David Peake-Jones will lead us up the state’s tallest peak by car, stopping frequently to sample the changing avifauna as we gain altitude. The wind-dwarved spruce habitat at the top of the mountain still supports (dwindling) breeding populations of Blackpoll Warbler, Purple Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and White-throated Sparrow, amongst other sky-island breeders. We will meet at the Northampton Stop and Shop at 228 King Street to carpool at 6:00 AM. Contact David Peake-Jones ([email protected]) before the end of Friday, June 8 to register. (M)

Fort River Refuge | Morning | Easy/Moderate

June 23, 2018

George Regmund, Laura Beltran, and Josh Rose look for warblers, vireos, grosbeaks, tanagers, flycatchers, and other spring migrants. The entire Fort River Trail is fully accessible, including boardwalks and occasional benches for resting. Meet in the lower parking lot at the refuge (69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley) at 7:00 a.m. (E/M)

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