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September 2019

Beginner Trip: Charlotte & Badgerow Park

September 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Tennessee Warbler. © Richard Ashworth

We’ll be looking for shorebirds, warblers, and other fall migrants in Greece and environs. Badgerow Park is a small area that offers good vantage points along pleasant trails, with the occasional surprise rarity.

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December 2019

Beginner Trip: Nations Road

December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Short-eared Owl - West Bloomfield - © Zaphir Shamma - Jan 01, 2017

Sharpen your skills on wintering hawks and Short-eared Owl. Other wintering birds such as Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, and Lapland Longspur are often present.

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Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 15th, 2019

December 15, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rochester, NY + Google Map
$5.00
Snow Goose - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - Feb 28, 2016

Join us for the 120th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 116th Rochester CBC. If you cannot bird in the field, watch your feeder and phone results to the area leader. We’ll pair new observers with experienced birders.

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Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 28th, 2019

December 28, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rochester, NY + Google Map
White-winged Crossbill, Honeoye, NY (© D. Sherony)

This year marks the 120th count nationwide and the 68th count for the area. The count date is Saturday, December 28, 2019. Birds seen during the count week of December 25 to January 2 may be called in to the leaders for inclusion in the tally.

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January 2020

Beginner Birder Trip: Irondequoit Bay, Lakeshore, and Genesee River Outlet

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Irondequoit Bay Outlet, 4916 Culver Road
Rochester, NY United States
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White-winged Scoter - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Dick Horsey - Jan 23, 2017

In open areas of water, we’ll look for some of the spectacular waterfowl that visit each winter, and with luck even see a few rarities!

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Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail

January 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Black-capped Chickadee - Mendon Ponds - © Yvonne Mathews - Mar 19, 2017

This trip will be a leisurely winter walk featuring some very close looks at our winter passerines!

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March 2020

CANCELLED ** Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

March 28 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis. Long-eared Owl generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding.

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May 2020

***CANCELLED*** Beginner Birder Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

May 9 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots, 30 Long Pond Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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The shoreline of Lake Ontario is a haven for migrating warblers and other passerines.  We will stop at several areas where these birds tend to congregate in spring.  Learn the basics of identifying our most colorful migrants on this trip. 

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August 2020

***CANCELLED*** Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

August 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States
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Common Gallinule - Montezuma NWR - © Dick Horsey - Jun 21, 2017

Learn more about the fall migration of shorebirds in this nearby birding treasure. We’ll visit key spots you’ll want to revisit again and again! Meet in the Bushnell’s Basin Park and Ride lot at 1:00 p.m.

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September 2020

Beginner Trip: Charlotte & Turning Point Park – Registration Open!

September 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Tennessee Warbler. © Richard Ashworth

We’ll be looking for shorebirds, warblers, and other fall migrants along the river and lakeshore.  At Charlotte Beach, we’ll look for gulls in many plumages and some shorebirds, too.  At Turning Point Park, we will look for the usual suspects and fall migrants. 

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