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January 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail

January 20 @ 9:30 am
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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Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

January 27 @ 3:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Snow Bunting - Avon - © Eunice Thein - Mar 17, 2017

We’ll revisit the Nations Road area to look for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.

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March 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

March 4 @ 8:30 am
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Redhead - Charlotte Pier - © Dick Horsey - Jan 22, 2016

Warmer weather is on its way and with it, bird activity picks up. We’ll check water for ducks, fields for inland birds, and watch the skies for raptors as well.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

March 10 @ 9:00 am
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
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Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

Starting at Hamlin Beach State Park we will be looking for migrating waterfowl. We will move to Braddock Bay Hawk Watch in hopes of spotting Rough-legged and Red-shouldered Hawk and eagles.

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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

March 17 @ 7:30 am
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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Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

March 25 @ 7:30 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 2018

Owl Woods (“Pear Orchard”) Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

April 20 @ 7:00 pm
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, 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 zig-zagging noisy frenzy only to start the cycle anew.

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Trails at High Acres Nature Area (Perinton Ponds Area) Field Trip

April 21 @ 8:00 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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Braddock Bay Hawk Lookout Field Trip

April 22 @ 9:30 am
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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Highland Park Field Trip

April 25 @ 8:00 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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