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March 2020

Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

March 14 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lakeshore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area, Broadway Road
North Wolcott, NY United States
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Fox Sparrow - Perinton - © Shelley Patterson - Apr 03, 2016

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrow.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.  We will stop at Owl Woods in search of migrating owls. 

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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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April 2020

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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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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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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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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