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April 2020

***CANCELLED***April Meeting: Jean Iron – “The Nature of Arctic Birds “

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Clover Center of the Arts and Spirituality/The Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Jean Iron

Arctic birds have a special attraction for birders and are amongst our most sought-after species. In this presentation, Jean will take us north to look at birds whose exceptional endurance and lifestyle are determined by the relentless forces of nature.

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***CANCELLED***Woodcock Courtship Flight at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Field Trip

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, 10 Braddocks Avenue
Hilton, NY 14468 United States
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American Woodcock - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Jul 26, 2016

This will be an evening trip for woodcock courtship flight.  If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zigzagging noisy frenzy, only to start the cycle anew.  An amazing sight!

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***CANCELLED***High Acres Nature Area Field Trip

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
High Acres Nature Area (HANA), 425 Perinton Parkway
Fairport, NY 14450 United States
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Over 130 bird species have been observed at HANA including more than 70 that nest in the diverse habitats found there. During this field trip we expect to see at least 40 species returning to nest or on their way to northern nesting grounds.

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***CANCELLED***Highland Park Field Trip

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Highland Park, Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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We'll be looking for spring migrants and lovely flora. This walk would be gorgeous even without the birds, but it does have birds in abundance!

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***CANCELLED***Braddock Bay Hawk Lookout Field Trip

April 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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This trip is for the spring hawk flight and migrating songbirds.  This is a joint trip with the Buffalo Ornithological Society. 

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May 2020

Taylor Marsh Field Trip

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Marsh, Allens Hill Road & Nighan Hill Road
Honeoye, NY United States
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Virginia Rail - Conesus Inlet - © Nick Kachala - May 14, 2016

Taylor Marsh is a preserve owned by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society and located in Ontario County north of Honeoye Lake. It is best known for marsh birds, including both local bittern and Virginia Rail. However, the star attraction is the 2-3 Sandhill Cranes that have been present in this area all year around for many years.

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Four Mile Creek Preserve, Webster, NY Field Trip

May 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Four Mile Creek Preserve, Phillips & Lake Road
Webster, NY United States
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Golden-crowned Kinglet © Chuck Schleigh

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the preserve parking lot at the SE corner of Lake Rd. and Phillips Rd. in Webster. We will look for early spring migrants along the hiking trails.

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Camp Beechwood and Olga Fleisher Wildlife Preserve Field Trip

May 5 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beechwood State Park, Campground
Sodus, NY 14551 United States
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Wood Thrush, Thousand Acre Swamp, Penfield, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

Camp Beechwood is on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Wayne County and should attract warblers, vireos, thrushes and other migrants.  It also boasts a robust Bank Swallow colony. 

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Cobbs Hill Park Field Trip

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cobbs Hill Park, Culver Road and Norris Drive
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Black-throated Blue Warbler © Dominic Sherony

With spring in full swing, come to one of Rochester's best kept birding secrets: Cobbs Hill Park's Washington Grove. Colorful warblers and other spring migrants arrive in masses to this urban oasis of tall stately trees.

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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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