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The Hartford Audubon Society

P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut
06127-0207

 

Or e-mail us at: hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com

 

FIELD TRIPS:

Field Trips are open to the public.  Beginners are welcome. 

There is no charge for most club trips.  Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel expenses and accommodations, when applicable.

Please check the website for any changes to field trip dates due to weather or other circumstances.


Overnight trips:
Please inform the leaders you are planning to join the group.

Weekday walks: Please check the website and HASnotes for field trip announcements. New leaders are always welcomed

Members and non-members can email us at: 
hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com for further information or assistance.  You may also contact the trip leader listed for a particular trip via email or phone.

Note to Members
Please inform the leaders if you plan to join the group. Pouring rain generally cancels a trip, but it may not be raining at the trip site, so call. 

The Hartford Audubon Society Board would like to remind and encourage its members to take seriously the Aims of this organization to promote conservation of our natural resources and car pool whenever possible.    

For more information on map location and trip meeting points for trips shown below, please click on the following link:


                         HAS Birding Trip Meeting Points


SEPTEMBER 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 9 a.m.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – 9 a.m.
Hawk Watch at Booth Hill

Leader: Paul Carrier
860‑689‑6590 / carriergraphics@sbcglobal.net
View Broad‑winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day. Call Paul for directions to Booth Hill on Route 20.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 8 a.m.
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #1
Leaders:
Roger Preston -
860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net
Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com       
The first of four walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon’s oldest sanctuary. This premiere northern CT birding site tends to be very wet. Wear boots.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.       

Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 7:15 a.m.

Glastonbury Meadows    

Leaders:
Bill Asteriades
- 860‑659‑1912 / bill.asteriades@gmail.com

Andrew Dasinger - 860‑652‑5925 / amdasinger@gmail.com

A morning walk through one of the premier birding locations in Hartford County.
Contact Bill for reservation and directions.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 8 a.m.

Great Pond State Forest

Leaders:
Roger Preston -
860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net

Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com
Great Pond is a beautiful state forest. This is a trip to have fun with people and see birds. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd in Simsbury.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 2 days
Gulf of Maine Pelagic, ME        

Leader: Tom Robben

860‑922‑1098 / robben99@gmail.com
Take a 24‑hour round trip from Portland, ME to Yarmouth, NS across the Gulf of Maine on a new high‑speed ferry. You must register with Tom at robben99@gmail.com. A valid passport is required.  Full details at trips33.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – 3 p.m.

Swallow Spectacular Paddle    
Leader: David Zomick   

860‑584‑2824 / dzsurtudo@gmail.com

Paddle the scenic marshes around Lord Cove on the Connecticut River to see thousands of swallows dive into the reeds to roost. Bring a meal. Contact David for trip requirements. Put in at Pilgrim Landing in Old Lyme.

 

OCTOBER 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:15 a.m.

Stellwagen Bank Pelagic, MA   
Leader: Tom Robben
860‑922‑1098 / robben99@gmail.com

Sail a one‑day eight‑hour trip in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. Email your required registration to Tom at robben99@gmail.com.  Meet at the dock in Gloucester, MA. Details at trips33.blogspot.com.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 7:15 a.m.
Glastonbury Meadows  

Leaders:

Bill Asteriades - 860‑659‑1912 / bill.asteriades@gmail.com

Andrew Dasinger - 860‑652‑5925 / amdasinger@gmail.com

A morning walk through one of the premier birding locations in  Hartford County. Contact Bill for reservation and directions. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 8 a.m.

Greenstone Hollow         
Leaders: Chris / Diane Fisher
860‑658‑2903 / chrisf001@aol.com

This Hartford Audubon sanctuary has shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.  The main entrance is at the guardrail end on Ridge Blvd in E Granby.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – All Day
"Big Sit” at Station 43    

Coordinator: Jay Kaplan
860‑693‑0157 / jaybrd49@aol.com

A day of fun at Station 43 where we count all species we see and hear from a 17‑foot circle located at the HAS Platform at the southwest end of the marsh.  Jay will be on site beginning at 6am.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 2 Days

Delmarva Peninsula   
Leader: Peter Stephan
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com

Visit Bombay Hook, Chincoteague, Blackwater, Ocean City, Indian River Inlet and possibly Prime Hook. Site info is on the Places map. Call Peter for arrangements.

Sunday, November 27, 2016 – 9 a.m.
Fisher Meadows
Leader: Brian Kleinman
860‑655‑7464 / snaketat@cox.net                   
Fisher Meadows is a great place for wintering waterfowl. Moreover, quite often there is a wintering Hermit Thrush, as well as Juncos and White‑crowned Sparrows.  Meet in the far parking lot on the left side of the pond next to the soccer fields off Old Farms Road, Avon.


DECEMBER 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 8 a.m.
Hammonasset State Park
Leader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 / pdlqlt@mac.com

Hammonasset Beach State Park is the state’s premier birding  location. Look for Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and other winter birds.

Sunday, December 18, 2016: All Day - Christmas Bird Count
Chairs:  
Steve Davis:
860‑242‑2135 /  stevesuedavis@comcast.net

Jay Kaplan: 860‑693‑0157 / jaybrd49@aol.com
 

South Windsor

Paul Desjardins

Inland S Windsor

Patrice Favreau

Glastonbury

Andrew Dasinger

Manchester

open

Wethersfield/
Rocky Hill

Steve Kotchko

Hartford

Jay Kaplan

Newington

Sylvia Halkin

Avon/Farmington

Jim Moore

West Hartford

Brian Toal

Bloomfield

Mark Shapiro

Windsor

Gil Kleiner

East Hartford

Blair Wlochowski



JANUARY 2017


Saturday, January 7, 2017 – 9 a.m.
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #2
                
Leaders:

Roger Preston - 860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net
Jon Ward -
860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com        
This trip may be a cold one, but do not let that discourage you from coming. Some of the best birds may show up in the winter. Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 2 Day
Cape Ann and Newburyport, MA
                   
Leader: Fran D’Amico
203‑237‑2734 / frandamico525@yahoo.com
Come with us to view seabirds that come south to New England in the winter. Irruptions can also bring unusual birds, such as snowy owls, to this area.  Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 2 Days
Cape Cod, MA
Leader: Peter Stephan  
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com

This trip represents New England late winter birding at its finest. We will stay at The Cove in Orleans. Meet there, too.  Call Peter for reservations and details.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 8 a.m.
Hartford County Boat Launch Tour
Leader: Paul Cianfaglione
860‑836‑3443 / pgcianfaglione@gmail.com

Join Paul for a tour of eight boat launch areas, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope. Meet at the Donald Barnes Boat Launch on South River St in Enfield.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 8 a.m.

Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #3
Leaders:
Roger Preston -
860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net
Jon Ward -
860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com     
The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level will be even higher. Wear boots.  Meet at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor
.


MARCH 2017

 

Saturday, March 18,, 2017 - 7 p.m.

Woodcocks at Nod Brook
Leader: Brian Toal
860‑677‑7156 / briantoal@sbcglobal.net         
View the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip.  Meet at the back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park,
82 Hopmeadow St (Route 10) in Simsbury, 1.4 miles north of Route 44.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.
Sachuest Point, RI

Leader: Paul Desjardins
860‑623‑3696 / paul.desjardins2@gmail.com
Visit the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and other Rhode Island locations on this all day trip. View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds that are harder to see in CT. Bring lunch. Meet at the refuge Visitor Center parking lot in Middletown, RI.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 8 a.m.

Western Connecticut Shoreline
Leader: Sara Zagorski
860‑721‑1814 / penguinsz@sbcglobal.net
        

Take an all day tour from Sherwood Island to New Haven looking for late wintering birds and early spring migrants. Bring lunch.  Meet in parking lot at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

APRIL 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 8 a.m.

Stratford Hot Spots Tour
Leader: Patrick Comins
203‑405‑9115 / pcomins@audubon.org
We will bird the point and central coast depending on where the action is. Meet at Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Drive, Stratford.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 8 a.m.

Greenstone Hollow
Leaders: Chris and Diane Fisher
860‑658‑2903 / chrisf001@aol.com

This Hartford Audubon sanctuary has shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.  The main entrance is at the guardrail end on Ridge Blvd in E Granby.

 Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 8 a.m.

Great Pond State Forest                               
Leaders:
Roger Preston -
860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net
Jon Ward -
860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com
Great Pond is a beautiful state forest. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving, on this morning walk. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd in Simsbury.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.
Lewis Farm
Leader: Roger Preston  
860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net
A Maintenance and Birding Party awaits at Hartford Audubon’s largest sanctuary. Bring your gloves, binoculars and lunch and help keep Lewis Farm beautiful and clear of brush. Meet next to 1028 Hill St, Suffield.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 2 Days
Northern Maryland

Leader: Stephanie Lovell                                   
240‑242‑3235 / amorellovell@gmail.com

The Susquehanna River area is the focal point of this trip with visits to the Susquehanna State Park, Conowingo Dam, Harford Park and possibly Elk Neck State Park.  Contact Stephanie for arrangements.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 a.m.
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #4
Leaders:
Roger Preston -
860‑658‑5010 / rapreston@snet.net
Jon Ward -
860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com        
Don’t miss this walk. After we get our 50 or more birds on this walk, we adjourn to Dunkin Donuts to tally the four walks. Wear boots.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.



Annual Spring Census – April 29 – May 21

Chair: Jamie Meyers:
860‑693‑4497/sunnyctredbird@gmail.com

Avon

Brian Toal

Barkhamsted

Open

Bloomfield

Linda Clancy

Bolton

Ernie Harris

Bristol

David Zomick

Burlington

Margaret Schuster

Canton

Jay Kaplan

East Hartford

Debi Wheeler

Ellington

Open

Enfield

Jim Deschamps

Farmington

Jim Moore

Glastonbury

Bill Asteriades

Granby

John Weeks

Hartford

Open

Manchester

Dave Lyons

New Britain

Open

Newington

Roy Zartarian

Portland

Open

Rocky Hill

Open

Simsbury

Roger Preston

Somers

Jan Collins

South Windsor

 Paul Desjardins

Suffield

Arthur Sikes

West Hartford

Open

Wethersfield

Steve Kotchko

Windsor

Mike/Judy Whittlesey


MAY 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 7 a.m.

Quarry Park
Leader: Larry Lunden
860‑232‑2416 / killdeer431@comcast.net

Enjoy a morning trip exploring Quarry Park and the Connecticut River floodplain in the Rocky Hill area. Wear sturdy shoes, and if the spring has been wet, bring waterproof boots. Meet at small dirt parking lot at the corner of Old Main St and Marshall Rd in Rocky Hill. Approximate location: 270 Old Main St.
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 1 Day
New York Night Migration
Leader: Maggie Peretto                                    
860‑604‑4903 / peretto@cox.net

Enjoy dinner in NYC and visit the Rockefeller Center’s “Top of the Rock" observation platform to listen for migrants. An expert birder will help ID birds. Meet the train at Union Station in New Haven. Call Maggie for plans.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 7 a.m.     

Gay City
Leader: Ernie Harris   
860‑603‑2655 / pdlqlt@mac.com
Look for migrants and other birds in a variety of habitats. Gay City is a nice place with big trees and an interesting history. Bring lunch.  Meet at the first parking lot on right after going through the main Gay City State Park entrance on Rte 85.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 7 a.m.  
Freja and Bolton Notch
Leader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 / pdlqlt@mac.com

This walk in Bolton visits two beautiful parks that border the Hop River Trail in Bolton Notch. Bring insect repellent. Directions: Going east on I‑384, bear left onto Route 44 where Route 44 and Route 6 separate. Take a quick left after passing under the bridge. You will now be heading west on I‑384. Watch carefully for a sharp right turn down to the lot.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:45 a.m.
Tanager Hill
Leader: Doug Beach
860‑878‑1364 / beachgolfdesign@att.net         
Tanager Hill and the adjacent Owen‑Mortimer property provide over 100 acres of spectacular birding habitat on Talcott Mountain. This 2-mile walk ascends over 200 feet.  Meet at the west end of the Flower Bridge off Drake Hill Rd in Simsbury.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 7 a.m.
East Rock Park
Leader: Paul Desjardins
860‑623‑3696 / paul.desjardins2@gmail.com
This is one of the best spots to see migrating warblers as it is the first place birds see after crossing Long Island Sound. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot at 915 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 7:30 a.m.
Lower Greenwoods (Bone Yard)

Leader: Mickey Nordell
860‑212‑7014 /
mnnrdl@yahoo.com
Spend the morning on an easy morning walk looking for migrants on a nice property along the West Branch of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted. Meet at the kiosk on the first dirt road from Route 181 off Route 44.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 7 a.m.
Mt Auburn and Plum Island, MA                   
Leader: Jon Ward
860‑416‑3958 / ward88787@aol.com               
The cemetery is a famous warbler hotspot and has beautiful park‑like grounds. Plum Island is one of the best year round birding locations on the east coast. Bring lunch. Enjoy dinner in Newburyport before leaving for home. Meet at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 2 Days
Catskills and Hudson Valley, NY                   
Leader: Peter Stephan
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com

Bird Saturday in the Cooperstown and Oneonta areas of Otsego County. On Sunday, bird the marsh at Bashakill WMA and Doodletown Road near West Point. Call Peter for arrangements.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 7:30 a.m.
 
Babcock Pond
Leaders: Alberta / Rob Mirer
860‑891‑8364 / twomirers@comcast.net

Travel a heavily wooded area in Colchester with a variety of habitats offering woods, fields, ponds and shrub land.   Meet at the boat launch parking lot, on the south side of Route 16, three miles west of Exit 18 off Route 2, just past Miles Standish Rd.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 7 a.m.
Cromwell Meadows
Leader: Larry Lunden
860‑232‑2416 / killdeer431@comcast.net
A one‑mile road offering an assortment of land bird migrants.
From Middletown: Go north on Rte 9 to Rte 99 exit. Go north .4 mile to South St, turn left and go .9 mile for left turn to tunnel.

   

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 7 a.m.

Fisher Meadows
Leader: Brian Toal
860‑677‑7156 / briantoal@sbcglobal.net
Take it easy on this stroll around the pond that is suitable for all levels of birders. Habitats include fields, woodlands, shrub land and a large pond. Meet in the Fisher Meadows parking lot off Old Farms Rd in Avon.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 7:30 a.m.
Nepaug area
Leader: Jamie Meyers
860‑693‑4497 / sunnyctredbird@gmail.com

This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best. Meet at the commuter parking lot on Route 179 in Canton, just north of the intersection of Route 202 and Route 44.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 8 a.m.
Greenstone Hollow
Leader: Larry Lunden
860‑232‑2416 / killdeer431@comcast.net

This Hartford Audubon sanctuary has shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats. The main entrance is at the guardrail end on Ridge Blvd in E Granby.


Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 7:30 a.m.
Audibles and Edibles
Leaders: Kat Conte and Ernie Harris
Kat- 860-2434 3431 or katnipiskool@yahoo.com
Ernie- 860-603-2655 or pdlqlt@mac.com
Kat Conte, HAS member and certified herbalist,with Ernie Harris will lead this time of looking up and looking down to identify both birds and edible wild plants. 
A slight incline along a pond, meadow, and then woods to top of a hill overlooking Wind Hill Farm and a lovely view. Nice variety of birds and plants.
Last May we saw many warblers, bobolinks, orchard orioles, cedar waxwings, and more.   Bring insect repellant.
We will meet at Longo Farm Open Space, 3006 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury.  Look for brown and white sign.  Parking is limited to 19 spaces so try to car pool. 
Please RSVP as we will need to give Glastonbury Parks and Recreation an approximate head count.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 – 7:30 a.m.
Penwood Park - Beginners Walk
Leader: Paul Cianfaglione
860‑836‑3443 / pgcianfaglione@gmail.com      
Enjoy a leisurely walk through a beautiful forest searching for Worm‑eating and Hooded Warblers, Winter Wren, Scarlet Tanagers, plus many others. Kids of all ages are welcome. Meet at Penwood State Park parking lot of Route 185.

JUNE 2017

June 10-11, 2017 – 2 Days

Summer Bird Count   
Coordinator: Jay Kaplan
860‑693‑0157 / jaybrd49@aol.com

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in COA’s 21st annual Summer Bird Count. We will count the type and number of Species we see on this 2‑day tally within our Christmas Count circle. Bird one day or both and help accumulate breeding bird data and track species trends for Connecticut.

 

         

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