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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October 2017

Lake Chamberlain; Cooper and Calebresi Farms – Pat Leahy

October 21 @ 7:30 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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Join a fall walk to see what can be found at these picturesque locations. Lake Chamberlain, a Regional Water Authority property, has an active bluebird population, many woodpeckers, and a number of waterfowl that visit the lake before heading further south when the lake freezes over. The walk at Lake Chamberlain is relatively easy. After birding the RWA property, we will visit the adjoining Cooper and Calabresi Farms.  Forty years ago, the families of Peter Cooper, a noted New Haven environmental lawyer, and Guido Calabresi, a federal judge and past dean of the Yale Law School, purchased a 100-acre farm near Lake Chamberlain. The fields and woods have been maintained, providing habitat for a variety of woodland, edge, and grassland species. We will first bird in the extensive lower areas, then head up the hillside for more birding and spectacular views for miles around. Hiking to the top field may be strenuous; those who decide it may be too difficult can choose to stay by the lake or in the beautiful lower fields.

ptjleahy@yahoo.com

home 203-393-2427

cell 203-314-0566

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Branford Supply Ponds, Branford – Maria Stockmal

October 28 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Branford Supply Ponds,
88 Short Rocks Rd, Branford, CT 06505 United States
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Visit this first-rate birding spot to look for fall migrants and resident species. The area has varied habitats with woods, shrubby areas and a powercut. A variety of waterfowl can be found in the ponds.

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

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Cheshire Hotspots – Steve Broker

October 29 @ 8:00 am
boulder knoll farm,
875 boulder road, cheshire, CT United States
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We bird several hotspots in the Town of Cheshire, including Boulder Knoll, Broad Brook Reservoir and associated trails, Fresh Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Cheshire Land Trust), and the Farmington Canal Lock 12. Boulder Knoll is good for sparrows in fall. Broad Brook reservoir annually hosts 200-400 Ruddy Ducks, one of the highest concentrations of this diving duck in the state. Fresh Meadows and the Canal Line offer a diversity of bird species through the year.

Meet at Boulder Knoll Community Farm, 875 Boulder Road, Cheshire. Directions:  Drive North on Route 10 Whitney Avenue and enter Cheshire at Old Lane Road (on right). Drive 0.7 miles and turn right on Cook Hill Road. Drive 1.0 miles and turn left on Half Moon Road. Drive 0.4 miles and turn right on Boulder Road. Drive 0.4 miles (passing Boulder Knoll Montessori School) and turn left into small parking lot at Boulder Knoll kiosk and power line. See also large red barn 0.2 miles ahead on right.

LS.Broker@cox.net

home – 203-272-5192

cell – 203-747-6843

Melissa Baston

mbaston@tgimachine.com

860-995-0656

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November 2017

First Wednesday Walk: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport – Tina Green

November 1 @ 8:00 am
Sherwood Island State Park,
390 Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Join a midweek trip to this outstanding Long Island Sound birding spot. We check for loons, grebes, goldeneye, and other sea ducks. The fields are a good place to look for Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and sparrows.

Meet at Sherwood Island State Park: take Exit 18 off I-95 in Westport and head south on the Sherwood Island Connector. Drive into the park and meet at the main parking lot.

tina@renaissancestudios.com

203-247-2660

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Fargeorge Wildlife Preserve; joint trip with the New Haven Land Trust – Mike Horn

November 4 @ 8:00 am
Fargeorge Preserve, Quinnipiac River,
1040 Quinnipiac ave, New Haven, CT 06513 United States
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Quinnipiac Meadows/Eugene B. Fargeorge Preserve is always full of surprises. We have had everything from Woodcock to Eagles to Snow Geese, lots of fall migrants, wintering ducks, and more. It is a varied habitat with excellent views of the lower Quinnipiac River.

mfhorn@att.net

203-288-1891

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December 2017

First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison – Jerry Connolly

December 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Hammonassett Beach Trailhead parking lot,
Shoreline Greenway Trail Eastern Trailhead Parking Lot, Madison, CT 06443 United States
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At any time of year, Hammonasset is a true gem. Enjoy a mid-week trip to explore this birding hotspot for fall migrants. The varied habitat attracts shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds.

birdshop@sbcglobal.net

203-421-4128

203-710-2011

 

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Lake Wintergreen, Hamden – John Triana

December 9 @ 7:00 am
Lake Wintergreen,
448 main street, Hamden, CT United States
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Join us for a pre-CBC walk around Lake Wintergreen in Hamden.  Depending on conditions, we may take a walk up to Baldwin Drive to have a look over to Woodbridge and Konold’s Pond.

jtriana1@sbcglobal.net

203-758-7203

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Surveying New Haven’s Area K for the Christmas Bird Count – Steve Broker

December 10 @ 8:00 am

We survey Area K one week prior to the December 16 New Haven Christmas Bird Count. This highly productive area includes Ora Avenue/Proto Drive/Morris Creek Marshes, Cosey Beach, Lighthouse Point Park, Beacon Hill and the Trolley Line, Furnace Pond, and the lower Farm River. Area K typically produces 75-80 species on count day, including waterfowl, loons, herons, raptors, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and such songbirds as wrens, thrushes, sparrows, flocking birds, and finches.

Meet at south of Tweed-New Haven Airport, near the end of Ora Avenue/Proto Drive, off Coe Avenue, East Haven. When you see a fork in the road, take it! (Actually, we meet at the fork.)

LS.Broker@cox.net

203-272-5192

203-747-6843

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January 20182018

First Wednesday Walk: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport – Tina Green

January 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sherwood Island State Park,
390 Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Join a midweek trip to this outstanding Long Island Sound birding spot. We check for loons, grebes, goldeneye, and other sea ducks. The fields are a good place to look for Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and sparrows.  Meet at Sherwood Island State Park: take Exit 18 off I-95 in Westport and head south on the Sherwood Island Connector. Drive into the park and meet at the main parking lot.

tina@renaissancestudios.com

203-247-2660

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Milford Hotspots – Frank Mantlik

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Milford Commuter Lot exit 35,
111 Schoolhouse rd, Milford, CT 06460 United States
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We’ll look for waterfowl, birds of prey, and winter passerines as we visit Milford hotspots that will likely include Milford Point, Mondo Ponds, and Caswell Cove. Dress warmly and plan to carpool. The trip ends by noon. Inclement weather will probably cancel the trip. Check with the leader if you have weather concerns.  Meet at the commuter lot, Exit 35 off I-95.

mantlik@sbcglobal.net

203-984-9410

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February 2018

First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset State Park, Madison – Greig Hanisek

February 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Hammonassett Beach Trailhead parking lot,
Shoreline Greenway Trail Eastern Trailhead Parking Lot, Madison, CT 06443 United States
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Enjoy a mid-week field trip to Hammonasset Beach State Park, one of the state’s best birding locations in any season of the year. We will look for sea ducks, grassland species, and rarities.

Meet at Hammonasset Beach State Park parking area on Boston Post Road, Madison, just left (east) of main entrance road.

ctgregh@yahoo.com

 

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Sachuest Point NWR and Rhode Island Coast – Chris Loscalzo

February 24, 2018 @ 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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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.

Snow date – Sunday February 25

closcalzo@optonline.net

203-389-6508

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March 2018

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

March 7, 2018 @ 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 Road, Stratford, near the intersection with Main St. (Rt. 113); we carpool from there.

mantlik@sbcglobal.net

203-984-9410

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Edgewood Park, New Haven – Bill Batsford

March 17, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Edgewood Park,
361 West Rock Ave, New Haven, CT United States
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Join Bill Batsford for a late winter walk at this urban park with varied habitat including woodlands, fields, streams, and ponds. Wood Duck, Hooded Mer

Merganser, Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Brown Creeper are all possible. An Eastern Screech-Owl used a Wood Duck box in 2017.  Meet at the parking lot next to tennis courts; entrance off West Rock Avenue, New Haven.

william.batsford@yale.edu

home – 203-787-1642

cell – 203-494-4325

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April 2018

First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford – Kathy Van Der Aue

April 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Milford Point,
Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 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.

kathyvda@gmail.com

home – 203-259-2426

cell – 203-331-7517

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The Richard English Memorial Field trip: Lighthouse Point to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary – Mike Horn

April 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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We first 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.

mfhorn@att.net

203-288-1891

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East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance – Dan Barvir

April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, 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 Avenue, Hamden.

 

dbarvir@newhavenct.net

203-946-6086

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Beaver Ponds Park, New Haven – Craig Repasz

April 28, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
munson street new haven,
371 Munson Street, New Haven, CT United States
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Beaver Ponds Park is one of the many Urban Oasis sites in New Haven. Friends of Beaver Park and the other Urban Oasis partners have maintained an area of rich plantings to offer the birds a food oasis. The park itself is excellent habitat, offering fresh water wetlands, forests, and fields. We can hope for Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, and a variety of sparrows and warblers. In the shadow of West Rock Ridge, Raven and Peregrine are also possible. NOTE: In addition to the spring migration bird walk, the NHBC Conservation Committee will join the prime movers of the restoration and on-going development of Beaver Ponds Park for planting of new hardy plants on the site. Information on the harmful effects of invasive species as well as the benefits of their bird-supporting alternatives will be discussed.  Co-leaders for the planting are Nan Bartow (nanbartow@sbcglobal.net) and Bill Bidwell, joined by summer interns from the Urban Resources Initiative and other Friends of Beaver Ponds Park.

Meet at the public parking lot on Munson Street across from Hillhouse High School, New Haven.

crepasz@hotmail.com

home – 203-230-1697

cell – 203-745-6683

nanbartow@sbcglobal.net

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Bird Walk for Families at East Rock Park, Hamden -Flo McBride

April 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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On this walk by East Rock 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 Avenue, Hamden.

fmcb_warbler@yahoo.com

203-288-6777

 

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Lake Chamberlain, Lake Dawson, and Lake Watrous – Bill Batsford, Pat Leahy

April 30, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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Join us for a walk on Regional Water Authority properties in Woodbridge and Bethany, some of which are off limits to the public. Pat Leahy has been maintaining a bluebird trail on several of the properties surrounding the reservoirs. Please be prompt! It will be difficult to join the group on route. We will carpool and proceed to trails on Lake Dawson, Lake Watrous, and an old farm field on Sperry Road before returning to Lake Chamberlain. Lake Dawson has one of the few small colonies of Cliff Swallows in CT.  Bluebirds, swallows and spring migrants are plentiful.  Meet at Lake Chamberlain Regional Water Authority parking area on Sperry Road south of Morris Road, Bethany.

ptjleahy@yahoo.com

home – 203-393-2427

cell – 203-314-0566

william.batsford@yale.edu

home – 203-787-1642

cell – 203-494-4325

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May 2018

First Wednesday Walk: East Rock Park, Hamden – John Oshlick

May 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, 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 the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

john.oshlic@yahoo.com

203-584-1955

co leaders –

Renee Baade

rbaade@juno.com

203-526-7667

Bill Batsford

203-494-4325

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East Rock Park with Ranger Dan

May 5, 2018 @ 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.

dbarvir@newhavenct.net

203-946-6086

 

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If You Plant Them They Will Come – East Rock Park – Deborah Johnson

May 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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Eli Whitney Museum staff share information on the master landscaping plan for the museum’s space along the Mill River adjoining East Rock Park, while the NHBC Conservation Committee provides—and seeks helpers for—planting bird-friendly plants at newly invasive-eradicated areas of East Rock Park and the Eli Whitney Museum property.  A bird walk follows, along the loop beginning & ending at the covered bridge.  Co-leader Alexis Brown, Principal Gardener and Artisan in Residence at the Eli Whitney Museum.  Meet under the awning at the front of the Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

deborahleighjohnson@hotmail.com

203-430-5554 (talk/text)

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Bent of the River Important Bird Area, Southbury – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

May 6, 2018 @ 7:00 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 Audubon Connecticut. The walk is open to birders of all levels and families are welcome. We will not only see and hear birds, but will also talk about how they are identified and their habits. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration for newcomers.

Meet at Bent of the River Wildlife Sanctuary, 185 East Flat Hill Road, Southbury, CT. Take Exit 14 off of Rte. 84. Go north on Rte. 172, then turn left onto East Flat Hill Road (church on corner). Continue to sanctuary entrance on left.

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Hartman Park, Lyme – John Oshlick

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 am
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 the commuter parking lot, I-95 exit 55.

john.oshlic@yahoo.com

203-584-1955

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Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – Chris Loscalzo

May 13, 2018 @ 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.

closcalzo@optonline.net

203-389-6508

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Sleeping Giant State Park – Jim Sirch

May 13, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Sleeping Giant,
99 Tuttle drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Sleeping Giant looms large and dominates the landscape north of New Haven. The park hosts diverse habitats: riparian woods, rivers and streams, stands of white pines, mature deciduous forests, and  cliffs and meadow edge. Although it is famous for its ankle-twisting and heart-pumping terrain, we will explore the gentle trail on the north side. We will first explore the Mill River for Waterthrush, Eastern Phoebe, and swallows. We will then carpool to the entrance on Mansion Road to hike on easy trails through forest, thicket, and a meadow edge to look for Veery, Wood Thrush, migrating warblers, and Pileated Woodpecker. On the return back to Tuttle, we can move to the base of the cliffs at the quarry to look for nesting Ravens and possibly Peregrine Falcon.

Meet at the Sleeping Giant State Park entrance on Tuttle Avenue, Hamden.

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Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington – Carolyn Cimino

May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 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 14th annual trip to this excellent birding spot. We’ll meet at the commuter lot at Exit 55 off 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 Road, Stonington (Bobolink fields) at 8 AM.

sailcarm@aol.com

860-447-3565

william.batsford@yale.edu

203-494-4325

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Housatonic River, Kent – Rene Baade

May 20, 2018 @ 7:30 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 eat in charming Kent. Leader: Renee Baade

Meet at the parking lot on SW corner of Bull’s Bridge Road and Hwy 7 (Kent Rd), Kent.

rbaade@juno.com

home – 203-270-9953

cell – 203-526-7667

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Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park – Maria Stockmal

May 26, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Osbornedale State Park,
500 Hawthorne ave, 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 Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

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The Outer Cape (Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts)

May 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

This weekend of birding and fellowship is being made available to 15 club members by advance registration.  Late spring birding on the Outer Cape always is productive.  Our birding localities during the three-day period include Fort Hill (Eastham), Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary/Massachusetts Audubon Society, Wellfleet Harbor, the Herring River and Herring River Estuary, the kettle ponds and the dwarf oak forests off Ocean View Drive (Wellfleet), Head of the Meadow, Pilgrim Heights, and High Head (North Truro), and Foss Hill, the Beech Forest, Race Point, Herring Cove, and MacMillan Wharf (Provincetown).  Our base of operations is “At Long Last”, the Broker cottage in Wellfleet.  Lodging options are:  (1) motel in Wellfleet – for suggestions contact the trip leader; (2) camping at the Broker yard near Long Pond, Wellfleet.  Discuss tent/sleeping bag needs in advance.

LS.Broker@cox.net

home – 203-272-5192; Wellfleet H) 508-349-2806

cell – 203-747-6843

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June 2018

Branford Supply Ponds – Maria Stockmal

June 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Branford Supply Ponds,
88 Short Rocks Rd, Branford, CT 06505 United States
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Visit this first-rate birding spot to look for fall migrants and resident species. The area has varied habitats with woods, shrubby areas and a powercut. A variety of waterfowl can be found in the ponds. Meet at Branford Supply Ponds parking lot, Chestnut Street, off Rte. 1, Branford.

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

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