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The Hartford Audubon Society

P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut


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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.

Members and non-members can email us at: 
hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com.  Your inquiry will be appropriately routed to the trip leader in charge who will call you back to answer your questions. 

Note to Members
Please consult the membership booklet for more details on these trips. 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

2014 Trips:


Station 43 Beginner's Walk II, South Windsor

This will be a cold one, but don't let that discourage you from coming. We award a blue nose to anyone showing up if the temperature is below 10 degrees. Coffee hour is usually one hour earlier when it is that cold. Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike await us on this winter jaunt. Please note that we meet at 9:00 AM at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St.

Leaders: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston at snet.net and Jon Ward 860-677-4197



Cape Ann and Newburyport, MA

Barrow's Goldeneye, Snowy Owl, alcids, and sea ducks are the targets of this perennial favorite trip. Dress for the severe cold weather. Carpooling is encouraged and motel reservations should be made early. Contact leader for motel, meeting time and place at least one week in advance.

Leaders: Jim Moore 860-673-4672 or jmoore6742 at sbcglobal.net and Fran D'Amico

203-237-2734 or frandamico525 at yahoo.com



Cape Cod, MA

This is New England late winter birding at its finest. A variety of fresh and saltwater habitats make this an ideal trip to see many species of waterfowl, alcids, winter gulls and the occasional vagrant. Past trips have turned up rarities such as Pink-footed Goose, Atlantic Puffin, Western Bluebird and Rock Wren. The Cape in winter is beautiful and quiet. Call early for reservations.

Leader: Peter Stephan 860-729-8374 or stephraf at aol.com



Station 43 Beginner's Walk III, South Windsor

The ice should be mostly gone as the birds begin to return just in time for this walk. We may also have a few leftovers from winter. The water levels will be even higher, so don't forget your boots! Meet at the same spot, the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St at 8:00 AM.

Leader: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston at snet.net



Woodcocks at Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area, Simsbury

Come enjoy the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock. We will meet just a little before sunset and wait to hear and see this strange bird. This will be a relatively short outing, but you can stay and listen to the birds after it gets too dark to see them. Meet at 7:00 PM at the back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park, 82 Hopmeadow St (Rte 10) in Simsbury, 1.4 miles north of the intersection of Rtes 10 and 44. From the parking lot we will walk a short distance into the wet fields of the Nod Brook WMA.

Leader: Brian Toal 860-677-7156 or briantoal at sbcglobal.net


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Middlesex Community College

Annual Meeting of the

Connecticut Ornithological Association

The public is invited to this all-day conference, featuring well-known birding experts who will be speaking on birding and bird-related topics. For additional information, contact www.ctbirding.org. There is a registration fee.



Sachuest Point, Rhode Island

Sachuest Point is home to the largest wintering flock of Harlequin Ducks in New England, with upwards of 60 birds possible. Other ducks and seabirds are common, and we may see Northern Gannets and Razorbills as well as many birds that are harder to find in Connecticut. Bring a lunch for this all-day trip. Meet at the Sachuest Point parking lot at 8:30 AM. Call leader for directions.

Leader: Paul Desjardins 860-623-3696 or paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com



Please check our HAS web site - www.hartfordaudubon.org and your email for HAS notes for Weekday Walk field trip announcements as they are posted. Volunteer leaders are always welcomed. Please contact: David Zomick at jubiladodz at comcast.net



Western Connecticut Shoreline

We will drive to Sherwood Island Park and work our way back toward New Haven. We will be looking for late wintering birds and early spring migrants. We have previously had gannets, gannets, and more gannets! Dress warmly and bring lunch for this most-of-the-day trip. Meet at the Long Wharf Information Center (Liberty Belle Ticket Sales), New Haven, at 8:00AM.

Leader: Sara Zagorski at penguinsz at sbcglobal.net



Greenstone Hollow, East Granby

Come and see our newly refurbished nature preserve. After several years of allowing the preserve to languish, we have cut trees and found lots of birds in this area. Here you can find shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond, and wooded habitats. Directions: At the intersection of Rtes 20 and 187 in East Granby. Take 187(North Main St) north for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Ridge Blvd. The main entrance is on the right at the end of the guardrail. Meet at 8:00 AM.
Leaders: Chris and Diane Fisher 860-658-2903 or
chrisf001 at aol.com


Quarry Park and Connecticut River Floodplain

We are looking for Bobolinks, sparrows, shorebirds, nesting songbirds, and other surprises on this morning trip exploring Quarry Park and the Connecticut River floodplain in the Rocky Hill area. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and if the spring has been wet, bring waterproof boots. Meet at the small dirt parking area for Quarry Park, at the corner of Old Main St and Marshall Rd.

From I-91 exit 24, take the Silas Deane Hwy (Rte 99) south to the first traffic light. Turn left onto Marshall Rd next to the Howard Johnson Motel and follow it to the end. The parking lot is across Old Main St – there is no sign. Approximate location: 270 Old Main Street. Meet at 7:00AM.

Leader: Larry Lunden 860-232-2416 or kildeer431 at yahoo.com


Great Pond, Simsbury

What better way to start your spring count than a walk with us at our favorite spot? There should be a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd at 7:30 AM.

Leaders: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston at snet.net
and Gil Kleiner 860-658-5670 or ctwarbler at att.net


 Great Pond State Park, Simsbury

 Beginning Birding and Nature Observation

 for 'Tweens - 9:00AM to 11:00AM

Introduce your 7-14 year olds to the joys of birding and learning about ecology at this spring walk around Great Pond. Fundamentals of wildlife observation will be taught, including use of binoculars, journals, quiet photography and watching for clues and signs in nature.

  Leader: Sarah Faulkner 860-693-8540 or sffaulkner at comcast.net



 Birding and Maintenance Party

 Lewis Farm, Suffield

Bring your gloves, binoculars and lunch and help the Sanctuaries Committee keep Lewis Farm beautiful and clear of brush. Meet at Lewis Farm entrance at 8:30 AM. Leader: Jon Smalley 860-561-0195

APRIL 26- MAY 18, 2014

  Annual Spring Census -   Three-Week Census Period
 Chair, Jamie Meyers
Captains subject to change.
 Check The Crest or HAS Website for up-to-date information.

1.  Avon

Brian Toal

2.  Barkhamstead

Margaret Schuster

3.  Bloomfield

Linda Clancy

4.  Bolton

Ernie Harris

5.  Burlington

Margaret Schuster

6.  Canton

Jay Kaplan

7.  East Hartford

Debi Wheeler

8.  Ellington


9.  Enfield

Jim Deschamps

10. Farmington

Patsy Mason

11. Glastonbury

Bill Asteriades

12. Granby

John Weeks

13. Hartford


14. Manchester

Dave Lyons

15. New Britain


16. Newington

Roy Zatarian

17. Portland

Joe Budrow

18. Rocky Hill


19. Simsbury

Roger Preston

20. Somers

Jan Collins

21. South Windsor


22. Suffield

Arthur Sikes

23. West Hartford

Diane Tucker

24. Wethersfield

Steve Kotchko

25. Windsor

Mike and Judy Whittlesey



Edgewood, MD

The Susquehanna River and Conowingo Dam are two great places to meet the arriving migrants from South America. No guarantees, but last spring there were 18 different warbler species at Susquehanna State Park. Yellow-throated Warblers are early arrivals there, and shore birds and ducks are getting ready to go north. Bald Eagles and Black Vultures hang about the dam. Harford Glen is a wonderful park with marsh and wood habitat to explore. Trip is limited, so sign up early! Contact leaders for directions.

Leader: Stephanie Lovell 240-242-3235 or amore2LL at comcast.net



Station 43 Beginner’s Bird Walk IV, South Windsor

This is a walk you don’t want to miss. Waterfowl, shorebirds, nesters and some passerines await your binoculars. It will still be wet, so remember your boots. After we get our 50 or more birds on this walk, we will adjourn to Dunkin Donuts to tally the four walks, and a quiz will be held for the advanced birders! We do have fun, so join us at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St at 8:00 AM.

Leaders: Robert Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston at snet.net  
and Jon Ward

  SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

  Airline Trail - Lebanon Plus!

This is a nice, mostly elevated, flat section of the AirlineTrail. Bring sunscreen, repellent, water, snacks AND lunch. After lunch, for those interested, we will travel to Amston and bird the Raymond Marsh section of the AirlineTrail. Directions: Rte 87 through Columbia to intersection of Latham Hill Rd and Doubleday Rd. Turn right onto Doubleday, continue to Chesbro. Turn left on Chesbro and proceed a short way to parking lot on the right (before Tobacco St). Meet at 7:30 AM. Rain cancels.

Leader: Ernie Harris 860-649-1675 or pdlqlt at mac.com


SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014

East Rock Park, New Haven

This is one of the best spots to see migrating warblers, often at eye level, as this is the first place birds see after crossing Long Island Sound. Meet at Eli Whitney Museum parking lot on Whitney Ave at 7:00 AM.

Leader: Paul Desjardins 860-623-3696 or paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com


SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014  (POTENTIAL TRIP - To be confirmed by leader)

Major Donnelly Land Preserve, South Windsor

Participants should be prepared to walk 2-3 miles on dirt trails. Loop-back options exist for those wanting to cut it short. Varied habitats include marsh, forest and meadow for sparrows, warblers, and hawks. Pre-application of tick repellent is strongly recommended. Meet at the parking lot on Sullivan Ave at 7:30 AM.

Leader: Patrice Favreau 860-648-2033 or pfavreau at cox.net


MONDAY-FRIDAY, MAY 12-16, 2014

Magee Marsh, Oregon, OH

This is the place to see warblers! Magee Marsh is world renowned for its hosting of returning warblers. Warblers at eye level! Blackburnians, Maggies, Mournings, Chestnut-sided, Prothonotaries, orioles - so many it boggles the mind! This is HAS's chance to see them. Photographers will appreciate having the birds at eye level. If you haven't been, you really should, at least once. Trip is limited, so sign up early! Contact leaders for directions and hotel details.

Leader:  Stephanie Lovell 240-242-3235 or amore2ll at comcast.net


TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

Freja Park and Bolton Notch State Park, Bolton

This walk in Bolton visits two beautiful habitats that border the Hop River Trail in Bolton Notch. Bring repellent, etc. Meet at the parking lot down off I-384 -you bear left onto Rte 44 where Rte 44 and Rte 6 separate and 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. Meet at 7:00 AM.

Leader: Ernie Harris 860-649-1675 or pdlqlt at mac.com


THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

Mount Auburn Cemetery and Plum Island, MA

Visit this famous Cambridge, MA warbler hotspot, Mount Auburn Cemetery. It is not only good for birds; it is also a beautiful, park-like cemetery. Then it's on to Plum Island at Newburyport for more warblers and shorebirds. We will have dinner at Newburyport before leaving. This is a carpooling trip. Call for further information. Meeting time is 7:00 AM at the cemetery.

Leader: Jim Moore 860-673-4672 or jmoore6742 at sbcglobal.net


SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam

We'll look for devils and warblers, and hike to a lovely overlook (some moderately steep uphill sections) that traverses last year's burn area. Bathing under the 60-foot high Chapman's Falls is optional! Meet at the parking lot at the north entrance of the park on Hopyard Rd (1 mile south of Millington Rd) at 7:00 AM.

Leader: Rob Mirer 860-891-8364 or twomirers at comcast.net


SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

Urban Birding - East Hartford

Birding isn't just for the 'burbs. Come out and explore great ways to find our feathered friends within the borders of some of Connecticut's largest cities. Today's highlights are Keney Cove Park, North Meadows, Riverside Park and ending at Cabella's. Land and water birds will be seen today. We will meet at 'Augie and Rays', 314 Main St in East Hartford at 7:30am.

Trip Leader: Joe Budrow 203-421-6339 or jbudrow at sbcglobal.net


  SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

  Cromwell Meadows

This new trip should offer an assortment of land bird migrants as well as nesting Osprey. This state owned facility is located off Rte 99. To get there from Middletown go north on Rte 9 for 1 mile and take exit for Rte 99. Go north on Rte 99 for 0.4 mile, left on South St for 0.9 miles and left through tunnel under Rte 9 to the parking lot. If coming from the north just look for the sign on your right in Cromwell just before where you get onto Rte 9. Meet at 7:00AM.

Leader: Larry Lunden 860-232-2416 or kildeer431 at yahoo.com


SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

Portland Spring Migration

Our first stop will be the Portland Reservoir, which has a nice variety of species this time of year. It now has a marked trail and is officially open to the public. Next we will visit a nearby power line cut looking for species such as Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, and Indigo Bunting. Meet at the Brownstone Intermediate School in the parking lot on the left side of the school at 7:30 AM (314 Main St, Portland). Bring your hiking boots and binoculars.

Leader: Larry Nichols 860-304-5240 or lvn600 at hotmail.com


SUNDAY, May 18, 2014

   Penwood State Park, Bloomfield

We'll explore this northerly section of the Talcott Mountain Range for a wide variety of migrants and resident breeders. Penwood is one of the best spots north of Hartford for the elusive Worm-eating Warbler. We'll be walking on semi-paved and well-cleared trails that are steep in some sections. Participants should be prepared to walk 3-4 miles. Meet at the main parking lot off Rte 185 at 7:00AM.

Leader: Brian Kleinman H:860-653-2535 C:860-655-7464 or snaketat at cox.net


SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014

Guilford's East River

Come explore Guilford's East River watershed, one of the most intact tidal marsh systems in the state. We'll visit Guilford's East River Preserve, nearly one square mile of protected fields, marshes and forest at the tidal headwaters of the East River. We'll begin at Audubon's Guilford Salt Meadows Sanctuary and look for migrant land birds, explore the lower part of the marsh at Neck Rd in Madison, and search for Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows. We'll also visit the Sachem's Head shorebird pools. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow Sanctuary on Meadowlands Rd off Clapboard Hill Rd - (exit 59 off I-95). We'll carpool from there, as there is limited parking at some of the stops.

Leader: Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, CT Audubon 203-264-5098 ext 305 or 267-6732 ext 308


SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014

Nepaug Trip, Canton Area

This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best. Meet at the commuter parking lot on Rte 179 in Canton, just north of the intersection of Rtes 202 and 44 at 7:30 AM.

Leader: Jamie Meyers 860-693-4497


SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

Fisher Meadow, Avon

Fisher Meadow is a great place to see spring migrants. This park offers a nice mix of habitats that include fields, woodlands, shrub land, and a large pond. Bird species such as Orchard Oriole, Yellow-throated Vireo and American Redstart all nest here, while Brown Thrasher and Osprey are typically seen during migration. Mourning Warbler has been seen here in the past. This is an easy stroll around the pond and should be enjoyable for all levels of birders. Meet in the Fisher Meadow parking lot off Old Farms Rd in Avon at 7:00 AM.

Leader: Brian Toal 860-677-7156 or briantoal at sbcglobal.net


SATURDAY, MAY 31. 2014

Greenstone Hollow, East Granby

Come visit our newest maintained sanctuary. Here you can find shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats. Directions: At the intersection of Rtes 20 and 187 in East Granby, take 187(North Main St) north for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Ridge Blvd. The main entrance is on the right at the end of the guardrail. Meet at 8:00 AM. Leader: Larry Lunden 860-232-2416



Station 43, South Windsor

Search for Least Bittern, Sora, Virginia Rail, and Marsh Wren. Meet at the intersection of Main St and Newberry Rd at 6:30 AM for this trip.

Leader: TBD


   SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, June 7-8, 2014

   Summer Bird Count

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in COA's 18th annual Summer Bird Count. Species and numbers are counted 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.

Coordinator: Jay Kaplan 860-693-0157 or jaybrd49 at aol.com


Farmington River "Birdaddle"

What a great way to start the 1st day of summer, with a kayak and canoe trip (one way) down the Farmington River. We will meet at 7:30AM at the parking lot, just over the bridge on Rte 4 in Farmington. We will need to shuttle cars down to Simsbury, to the bridge at Rte 185.

( Directions ) Using Rte 84 west, take exit 39 west, to Rte 4 west. Pass through the intersection of Rtes 10 and 4. Cross over a new bridge and take a sharp left, into the parking lot. You must bring and wear a life jacket while on the water. Bring bottles of water or something of your choice, snacks, sunscreen and binoculars. If there is a lot of water we'll paddle right along. If the water is low, you will have to get out and cool your feet (wear water shoes).

If there is a downpour that morning, the trip will be cancelled. Leader is not responsible for any flying golf balls!

Leader: Jeff Feldmann: 860-748-6455 (P.S.-Easy Paddle)









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