All indoor programs will be held on the second Thursday of the month. There are no indoor programs in June, July, or August. The social half-hour begins at 7:00 PM; the program at 7:30 PM.

 

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February 2017

Field Trip – Sachuest Point NWR and Rhode Island Coast – Chris Loscalzo

February 25 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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(Snow date, Sunday, February 26, 2017)

This all-day trip includes stops at Sachuest Point NWR, Beavertail State Park, Moonstone Beach, Trustum Pond, and other great birding sites on the RI coast. We will see lots of sea ducks including all three scoter species, Common Eider, and Harlequin Duck. We’ll look for birds of prey, including Rough-legged Hawk and several owl species. We’ll also be on the lookout for alcids and rare gulls. Dress warmly—it’s likely to be cold and windy on the coast. The walk is a bit strenuous. Bring lunch and a scope, if you have one. Meet at the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.

Leader: Chris Loscalzo, 203-389-6508, closcalzo@optonline.net

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March 2017

Field Trip – First Wednesday Walk: Stratford Shore & Great Meadows – Frank Mantlik

March 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Dunkin Donuts - Frash Pond, Stratford,
60 access road, Stratford, CT 06615 United States
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Join us on a visit to this excellent birding area. We’ll look for oceanic birds such as Long-tailed Duck and scoters, as well as raptors and shorebirds. Meet at the Dunkin Donuts parking lot at 60 Access Rd., Stratford, near the intersection with Main St. (Rt. 113). We carpool from there.

Leader: Frank Mantlik, 203-984-9410 or mantlik@sbcglobal.net

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Indoor Program: Member’s Night

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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This is always a popular evening. We all love it! It’s so much fun to share our prized photographs, stories of exciting encounters with wild birds, and descriptions of those special places where we always find the unique migrants. And those of us who are too shy to present sure enjoy seeing the photos, listening to those stories and planning visits to the perfect birding locations. Both slide and Power Point capability will be available. Please call Andrea Kerin at 203-331-6067 or email andrea@kerin.com with details of what you’d like to show.

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April 2017

Field Trip – Gull and Gannet Frenzy, Southport Beach, Southport , Frank Mantlik

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Southport Beach,
1505 Pequot Ave., Fairfield, 06890 United States
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Today we will search for plankton-feeding flocks of gulls, including the rare Little and Black-headed Gulls. We’ll also hope to see Northern Gannets plunge-feeding offshore. Wear waterproof shoes for walking on the tidal mudflats, and dress warmly. We may also carpool to nearby sites. Meet at Southport Beach, 1505 Pequot Ave., Southport, located at the intersection of Pequot and Sasco Creek Road, along the Westport/Fairfield border. Parking spaces along Pequot Ave., near intersection with Sasco Creek Rd.

Leader: Frank Mantlik, 203-984-9410 or mantlik@sbcglobal.net

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Field Trip – First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford, Stephen Spector

April 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Milford Point,
1 Milford Point rd, Milford, CT 06460 United States
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Enjoy an early spring trip to one of the best local birding spots. We look out into the marsh and along the shore for waterfowl, shorebirds, waders, and raptors. Meet at the Coastal Center parking lot, 1 Milford Point Rd, Milford.

Leader: Stephen Spector, 203-876-7461 (home), 203-928-8089 (cell), or charsjs@sbcglobal.net

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Field Trip – East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance, New Haven, Dan Barvir

April 8 @ 8:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06517 United States
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Meet for a bird walk from 8–9:30 am. Then join Park Ranger Dan Barvir to help with light trail maintenance along the river until noon. Bring work gloves & pruning shears if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leader: Dan Barvir, 203-946-6086 or dbarvir@newhavenct.net

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Field Trip -Lighthouse Point to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary The Richard English Memorial Fieldtrip, Mike Horn

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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We start at Lighthouse Point Park and bird the harbor shore for gulls, loons, ducks, and early-returning shorebirds. We then proceed to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary at the Deer Lake Scout Camp in Killingworth. We then proceed to Hammonasset Beach State Park. This is an all-day trip; bring lunch and dress warmly. This trip almost always has a high species count. Meet at Lighthouse Point Park hawk watch parking lot, 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven.

Leader: Mike Horn, 203-288-1891 or mfhorn@att.net

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Indoor Program – Rebuilding Local Populations of The American Kestrel – One Box at a Time – Tom Sayer

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Note:  the yearbook had the wrong date for this talk.  April 20th is the correct date.  We changed from the usual date to not conflict with religious holidays.

Ever since the age of 8 years old, Tom Sayers has spent much of his free time wandering the woods and fields fascinated by the complexity and diversity of the natural world. In 2009, his life-long interest in birds led him to experiment with putting up 5 American Kestrel nestboxes in northeast Connecticut as a way of trying to help reverse the dramatic decline of the threatened American Kestrel. Those first boxes produced 7 nestlings in the first year and resulted in the formation of the Northeast Connecticut Kestral Project (www.nectkestrels.com). This presentation will take you from that very first year, with all its mistakes and challenges, up through the 2016 breeding season. Tom’s presentation includes fascinating video clips of both nestlings and adult birds. Some of the topics covered will be the possible reasons for the American Kestrel’s decline, which factors seem to influence the breeding success of the birds, what has been learned about successful nestbox placement, what we have learned from banding, radio telemetry, and geolocator studies with the birds, and the role of the European Starling in the breeding success of kestrels.

Please Note: As stated in the Club’s by-laws, the April meeting is traditionally the Annual Meeting, which includes presentation of a slate of officers and their election.

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Conservation Activity – East Rock Garlic Mustard Pull, Craig Repasz

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06517 United States
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Take part in a crucial conservation project. Help remove garlic mustard from East Rock Park, an Important Bird Area that is a vital migratory bird stopover and breeding habitat. This invasive plant is a pernicious, prolific pest that can overrun forested areas, squeeze out native spring flowers, kill butterfly caterpillars, and alter the habitat of our native birds. In three years, we’ve already made a significant improvement at this site! Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Bring work gloves if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leader: Craig Repasz, 203-230-1697 (home), 203-747-6843 (cell), or crespasz@hotmail.com

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Field Trip – Lake Chamberlain, Bethany , Bill Batsford

April 26 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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Join Past NHBC President Bill Batsford to check out this excellent birding area. Lake Chamberlain, a Regional Water Authority property, is surrounded by coniferous forest and also has open fields and thickets. Early spring migrants likely to be seen are Palm and Pine Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-headed Vireo, and Eastern Phoebe. Bluebirds and Tree Swallows nest in bird houses. Meet at the RWA parking lot on Sperry Rd., on the right just past Morris Rd. in Bethany.

Leader: Bill Batsford 203-787-1642 (home), 202-494-4325 (cell), or william.batsford@yale.edu

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Field Trip – Birding by Ear at Lufberry Memorial Park, Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

April 29 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Lufberry Memorial Park,
lufberry Memorial Park Road, Wallingford, CT United States
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Ever wanted to learn to bird by ear? On this walk, we will learn mnemonics for about 25 common bird species and look for early spring migrants at Lufberry Memorial Park, a wooded path located on a ridge above the Quinnipiac River. From “tree hugger, tree hugger, tree” to “drink your tea,” you will learn a number of silly phrases that can help you to identify birds. A handout will be provided. This walk is geared to beginners, but birders of all levels and families are welcome. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration to the newcomers. Meet at the parking lot by the park baseball field, Lufberry Memorial Park Road, off Cheshire Road in Wallingford.

Leader: Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe 203-630-9640 (home–preferred number), 203-233-0535 (cell–only on the morning of trip), or

cfolsom-okeefe@audubon.org

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Field Trip – Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia – Maria Stockmal

April 29 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Ansonia Nature Center,
10 Deerfield Ave, Ansonia, CT 06401 United States
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Enjoy a walk at this great birding location. The nature center has a small pond, grassy fields, thickets, wetlands, and woods. The woods have had Northern Goshawk and Great Horned Owls nesting there, and there often are surprises. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot, 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia.

Leader: Maria Stockmal, 203-305-3728 or m.stockmal@snet.net

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Field Trip – Birdwalk for Families at East Rock Park, New Haven – Flo McBride

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06517 United States
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On this walk by the park’s Mill River, children with accompanying adults are invited to help us look for warblers and other spring migrants. Other interested adults are also welcome to join the walk in this famous spring birding place. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leader: Flo McBride, 203-288-6777, fmcb_warbler@yahoo.com

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May 2017

Field Trip – First Wednesday walk at East Rock, New Haven – Jerry Connolly

May 3 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06517 United States
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East Rock Park in early May is one of the best places in the state to see migrant warblers. Fifteen to twenty species are possible on a good day. Meet at 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leaders: Jerry Connolly 203-421-4128 (home), 203-710-2011 (cell), or birdshop@sbcglobal.net;

John Oshlick, 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com;

Bill Batsford, 203-787-1542 (home), 203-494-4325 (cell), or william.batsford@yale.edu

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Field Trip – East Rock Park with Ranger Dan, New Haven – Dan Barvir

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
East Rock Park - English Drive,
English Drive, New Haven, CT 06511 United States
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Join Ranger Dan Barvir at this premier site for warblers and other spring migrants. Meet at the Rice Field (baseball field) end of East Rock Park on English Drive.

Leader: Dan Barvir, 203-946-6086 or dbarvir@newhavenct.net

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Field Trip – Housatonic River – Kent, CT – Renee Baade

May 7 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
rt 7 & Bulls Bridge Rd, South Kent,
312 Kent Road, South Kent, CT 06785 United States
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Today we enjoy the riparian woodlands along the Housatonic in Kent, CT. We meet at the parking area on the southwest corner of Bull’s Bridge Rd and Rt. 7 (Kent Rd.) south of Kent. We carpool from there, paralleling the Housatonic via Schaticoke Rd and Skiff Mountain Rd to River Rd, listening and looking for spring migrants. The area is famed for warblers, including Cerulean, Worm-eating, and many others. Veery, Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes and Pileated Woodpecker are also possible. Bring lunch or buy something to eat in charming Kent.

Meet at the parking lot on the southwest corner of Bull’s Bridge Rd and Rt. 7 (Kent Rd).

Leader: Renee Baade 203-270-9953 (home), 203-526-7667 (cell), or rbaade@juno.com

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Field Trip – Bent of the River Wildlife Sanctuary, Southbury – Roy Harvey

May 7 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Bent of the River,
185 E. Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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Explore a prime birding location along the Pomperaug River in Southbury where more than 100 species of birds have been observed in a single day. This beautiful and highly diverse habitat is owned and maintained by the National Audubon Society. The trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Meet at 85 E Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT. Take Exit 14 off Rt. 84. Go north on Rt. 172 , then turn left onto East Flat Hill Rd. (church on corner). Continue to sanctuary entrance on left.

Leader: Roy Harvey, 203-888-5757 or rmharvey@snet.net

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Field Trip – Hartman Park, Lyme – John Oshlick

May 10 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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Hartman Park is known for its breeding population of Cerulean Warbler. There is also a power cut which may have Prairie, Blue-winged, Magnolia, and other warblers. Both Cuckoos have been seen here as well. Meet at I-95; exit 55 commuter lot.

Leader: John Oshlick, 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com

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Annual Banquet – LESVOS: European Spring Migration Magic – Gina Beebe Nichol

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Amarante's Restaurant,
62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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The Greek Island of Lesvos is renowned for its ancient history, incomparable natural beauty and tradition of hospitality. Celebrated as the Princess of the Northwest Aegean Sea, this stunning island has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration. In late April and early May, a continual stream of migrating birds pass over the island as they move from their wintering grounds in Africa to their breeding grounds in Europe.  Keen birders return year after year to experience the migration magic of Lesvos and search out the island’s special birds, including Krüper’s Nuthatch, Cinereous Bunting, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Rüppell’s Warbler, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Isabelline Wheatear, Masked and Red-backed Shrike and more.  This program will reveal the avian delights of Lesvos with vivid photographs of its birds against the backdrop of charming fishing villages, sea coasts, salt pans, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the slopes of Mount Olympus.  Founder of Sunrise Birding, Gina Nichol’s varied interests and love of the natural world have taken her to all seven continents. She’s led bird watching tours from Alaska to Antarctica to China to Kenya and countless countries in between. This tour of Lesvos from our seats in Connecticut is bound to be an exciting adventure for us all!

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Field Trip – Big Day Marathon Greater New Haven Area – John Oshlick

May 13 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06517 United States
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Take part in all or part of this event. We’ll focus on New Haven area hotspots, seeking 100–130 species. We start at East Rock and search several other local migrant traps, as well as the coast from Lordship to Hammonasset. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

Leader: John Oshlick, 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com

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Field Trip – West Rock Ridge State Park, New Haven/Hamden/Woodbridge/Bethany – Steve Broker

May 13 @ 7:00 am
West Rock Ridge Nature Center,
1110 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT 06514 United States
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Less well known as a hotspot for spring migrants and nesting species than is East Rock, West Rock is, in fact, one of the premier places in Connecticut to observe and study birds at this time of year. Lacking the closely associated lake, river, slope, and ridge top environs seen at East Rock, West Rock is far more spread out: seven miles of uninterrupted ridge top, west-facing, and east-facing slopes; Wintergreen Brook and Lake Wintergreen in New Haven/Hamden; the West River and three impounded lakes (Watrous, Dawson, Konold’s Pond) in Woodbridge/Bethany. New Haven Summer Bird Count results for West Rock and Konold’s Pond are most impressive for an expanding Great Blue Heron rookery and for nesting cuckoos, Peregrine Falcon, flycatchers, vireos, Common Raven, thrushes, wood warblers, tanagers, Indigo Bunting, and orioles. In 2016, West Rock was recognized as an Important Bird Area in Connecticut. Meet at 7:00 am sharp. Once we enter the park, the gate is locked to late-comers. We car pool north to ridge top for spectacular views of the West River Valley and Konold’s Pond, followed by our survey of the 4.5 miles further north for migrants and species establishing nesting territories. Meet at the entrance gate to the park on Wintergreen Road opposite the West Rock Nature Center and just south of the Route 15 West Rock Tunnels (east side).

Leader: Steve Broker 203-272-5192 (home), 203-747-6843 (cell), or LS.Broker@cox.net

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Field Trip – Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – Chris Loscalzo

May 14 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Rt 8 exit 25 commuter parking lot,
245 Cross Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770 United States
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Join us at the peak of spring migration on this moderately strenuous and long hike in a fine birding location. We’ll search for migrants and residents. We often see more than fifteen species of warblers on this trip, including resident Hooded, Chestnut-sided, Prairie, and Worm-eating Warblers. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and many other birds are residents here, too. Meet at the commuter lot at Exit 25 off Route 8, Naugatuck.

Leader: Chris Loscalzo, 203-389-6508 or closcalz@optonline.net

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Field Trip – Janie Pierce Park, Southbury / Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery – Renee Baade

May 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
commuter lot rt 84 exit 14 Southbury,
921 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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Kept in its natural state, Janie Pierce Park is approx. 60 acres of scenic woodland that surround Transylvania Pond located in Southbury. We will hike around the Transylvania Lake there. It is a fairly easy walk, less than 2 miles, but know that it is mainly a boardwalk and tree root trail. Afterwards we will drive to Earth Tones, a native plant nursery and landscape establishment nearby where we will have someone talk to us briefly on native plants and have a look around at her stock. Meet at the commuter lot at exit 14 off I-84.

Leader: Renee Baade 203-270-9953 (home), 203-526-7667 (cell), or rbaade@juno.com

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Field Trip – Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington – Carolyn Cimino

May 20 @ 7:00 am
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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This will be our thirteenth annual trip to this excellent birding spot. We’ll meet at the commuter lot at Exit 55 of I-95 and carpool to Barn Island. The area consists of large expanses of salt marsh, tidal pools, wetlands, woodlands, and open fields.  We should see wading birds, shorebirds, and area residents such as Saltmarsh Sparrow, Marsh Wren, White-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Willow Flycatcher, Bobolink, and many other species. Meet at I-95 exit 55 commuter lot at 7 am or at 96 Palmer Neck Rd, Stonington (Bobolink fields) at 8 am.

Leader: Carolyn Cimino, 860-447-3565 or sailcarm@aol.com

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Field Trip – Bluebirds and Swallows at Lake Chamberlain, Bethany/Woodbridge – Pat Leahy

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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For a number of years, members of the New Haven Bird Club have maintained about 50 nest boxes on Regional Water Authority properties in Bethany and Woodbridge. Join Pat Leahy, Dewitt Allen, and Mike Ferrari on Saturday, May 20 from 9–11 am to view activity in the bluebird and tree swallow boxes on Lake Chamberlain. We will explain how we build and take care of the houses. We will also show what is going on in a couple of special viewing boxes where we can see inside without bothering the new families. This program is open to all, welcoming children and grandchildren as well as more experienced birders. We will make a special effort to show our younger participants how these wonderful birds live. Meet at the RWA parking lot on Sperry Road, Bethany.

Leaders: Pat Leahy 203-393-2427 (home), 203-314-0566 (cell), or ptjleahy@yahoo.com;

DeWitt Allen, 475-227-2820 or allendatlow@gmail.com;

Mike Ferrari, 203-435-5712 or mike.ferrari@att.net

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Field Trip – Durham Meadows & Coginchaug River, Durham – Steve Broker

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duram Skating Pond,
81 Wallingford Rd, Durham, CT 06422 United States
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We explore this pristine freshwater marsh and riverine system at four different access points and for target species: (1) Durham Skating Pond, Route 68 (Virginia Rail, Swamp Sparrow, American Kestrel); (2) Frederick White Farm, Durham Fairgrounds vicinity off Maple Street (Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper); (3) south Durham Meadows, Route 17 (Virginia Rail, Willow Flycatcher); (4) Coginchaug River, Route 147 (Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora). Along the way numerous other species are to be encountered, including vultures, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, swallows, wrens, wood warblers, and sparrows. This trip is geared in part to photographers, as later afternoon light augments the beauty of the meadows and adjacent agricultural lands. Meet at the Durham Skating Pond gravel parking lot on Route 68 just downhill from Route 17 in Durham.

Leader: Steve Broker, 203-272-5192 (home), 203-747-6843 (cell), or LS.Broker@cox.net

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Field Trip – Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale St. Park, Derby – Maria Stockmal

May 27 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Osbornedale State Park,
500 Hawthorne road , Derby, CT 06418 United States
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Join us on a visit to this excellent birding location where we look for late spring migrants and early nesting species. The center and park have open fields, woods, ponds, and streams. Meet at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.

Leader: Maria Stockmal, 203-488-3876 or m.stockmal@snet.net

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June 2017

Field Trip – Whip-poor-will Walk in Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – Jack Swatt

June 2 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Naugatuck State Forest,
1021 Hunters Mountain Road, Naugatuck, CT 06770 United States
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Jack Swatt, New Haven Bird Club member and DEEP volunteer Whip-poor-will monitor, will lead a walk to listen and look for Whip-poor-will at the Naugatuck State Forest. Jack will give a short talk on the status of Whip-poor-wills in the northeast and Connecticut. We will then wait for dusk to fall while we listen for the distinctive call. A sighting? Who knows! Bring a flashlight and plenty of bug spray. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Hunter’s Mountain Road, Naugatuck.

Leader: Jack Swatt, 203-592-4686 or jswattbirds@snet.net

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Bird Count – New Haven Breeding Bird Count – Steve Mayo

June 3 @ 5:00 am - June 4 @ 8:00 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your song identification skills and see what birds are nesting in your area. For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader Steve Mayo. Meet at various points.

Leader: Steve Mayo, 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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Field Trip – Bent of the River, Southbury – Managing for Forest and Shrubland Birds – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

June 3 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Bent of the River,
185 E. Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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On this trip we will look for shrubland and forest nesting birds at the Bent of the River Audubon Sanctuary. At this Important Bird Area, approximately 100 acres of fields are managed for shrubland nesting birds, including Blue-winged Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Prairie Warbler. The IBA also includes roughly 600 acres of forest and supports species such as Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Worm-eating Warbler. We will listen and look for these species and talk about what goes into managing their habitats. This walk is geared to beginners but birders of all levels and families are welcome. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration to the newcomers. Meet at the parking lot just beyond the entrance, 185 East Flat Hill Rd in Southbury.

Leader: Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, 203-630-9640 (home–preferred number) 203-233-0535 (cell–only on the morning of trip) or cfolsom-okeefe@audubon.org

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Field Trip – National Trails Day Hike at Naugatuck State Forest – Craig Repasz

June 3 @ 8:00 am
Quinnipiac Trailhead, Mt Sanford,
2705 Downs Road, Hamden, CT 06518 United States
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National Trails Day is celebrated across the country with hikes, trail work, and naturalist events. NHBC will commemorate the day with a birding hike on the oldest hiking trail in CT, the Quinnipiac Trail in the Mt. Sanford Block of Naugatuck SF. We’ll leave from the trail head parking area entrance of Naugatuck SF, 2705 Downs Rd., Hamden, and go through the mountain laurel, beech, birch, hickory, and oak forest; then up and over Mt. Sanford, at an elevation of 890 feet, for beautiful views to the east. Possible birds to be seen are Veery, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, hawks, and warblers. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks. The hiking is a bit strenuous. Meet at 2705 Downs Rd., Hamden.

Leader: Craig Repasz, 203-230-1697 (home), 203-745-6683 (cell) or crepasz@hotmail.com

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Field Trip – First Wednesday Walk, White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield – Greg Hanisek

June 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
White Memorial Foundation,
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759 United States
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The White Memorial Foundation is a 4,000-acre nature preserve with extensive woodlands, conifer plantations, wetlands, thickets, and fields. The preserve is home to more than 115 breeding species and is visited by many migrant species. Notable breeding species include: Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Northern Goshawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, and Blackburnian Warbler. Meet at the visitor center parking lot off Bissell Road, off Rt. 202.

Leader: Greg Hanisek 203-754-4401 (home), 203-525-1558 (cell), or ctgregh@yahoo.com

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