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Beginning birders welcomed!

Field Trips

Join us on our next field trip and see what you've been missing. Most of our trips are free and open to the public, and beginners are always welcomed.

Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA

Saturday, January 19 - Sunday, January 20

Take a favorite trip to view seabirds that come south to New England in the winter. Irruptions can also bring unusual birds. Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details.

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Cape Cod Tour

Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, February 3

This is New England late winter birding at its finest. We should see Scoters, and Gannets. Most likely stay and meet at The Cove in Orleans. Call Peter for reservations / details.

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Hartford County Boat Launch Tour

Sunday, February 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope

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Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 3

Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level may be high on this morning walk. Wear boots.

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Woodcocks at Nod Brook

Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

See the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip.

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Western Connecticut Shoreline

Sunday, March 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take a morning tour from Sherwood Island to New Haven looking for late wintering birds and early spring migrants

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Sachuest Point, RI

Saturday, March 30 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds hard to see in CT. Also visit Trustom Pond, Ninigret, and locations showing rarities. Bring lunch.

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Great Pond, Simsbury

Saturday, April 13 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Great Pond is the biggest part of a beautiful state forest and a neat place for a morning walk. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving.

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Greenstone Hollow

Saturday, April 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Main entrance at the end of the guard rail. Search for residents and the migrants and breeders of early spring in the many habitats of this beautiful and compact preserve.

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Laurel Marsh

Saturday, April 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The trail follows sections of the Hockanum River and butts up against the Manchester Landfill at times. Forest, meadow, wetlands and sections of Hop Brook will provide a diversity of bird species.

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Overnight trips: For any overnight trips, the leader must be contacted two weeks prior.

Weekday walks: Please check the website and HASnotes for field trip announcements.

Note: 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.

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.

Members and non-members can email us at info@HartfordAudubon.org for further information or assistance. You may also contact the trip leader listed for a particular trip via email or phone.

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

Field Trip Reports

Station 43 Bird Walk – January 5, 2019

On a cold, rainy, foggy morning seven of us took a stroll through Station 43 to see what we could find, which ended up being a total of 26 species. While no rarities were seen, highlights included a Belted Kingfisher, a Winter Wren, a Carolina Wren, and several American Tree Sparrows. As usual, at the…
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2018 Hartford Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Summary

2018 HARTFORD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SUMMARY It wasn’t as bad as the forecast predicted. We didn’t really have any sleet or freezing rain, high winds never materialized and it did not rain heavily much of the day. That is not to say it was nice. Temperatures were relatively steady in the high 30s during the…
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Hammonasset Bird Walk – December 9, 2018

12/9/18 The Hartford Audubon bird walk at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, CT began in the teens, sunny with seven birders, all HAS members. Beautiful looks to the Sound:  many Ruddy Turnstones and Dunlin on the jetty; but mostly quiet inland. Highlights: Barred Owls on Willard Island; Northern Harrier at a distance; one Lapland Longspur in with…
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Stellwagen Bank trip report

This trip was originally scheduled for May 19, 2018 but forecasts of high winds, high seas and rain caused postponement until June 3rd. On that new June 3rd date we had no rain but the winds kicked up and the seas became rough, forcing us to abort the trip after just three hours. The Captain…
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Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve

The day was clear and sunny. We could not ask for a nicer day for our start of nesting season walk. The leaves were out, so we practiced birding by ear. Five of us gathered for the Greenstone trip, including two new members. Welcome to Hartford Audubon. The roadside started us off with a variety…
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Tanager Hill

Tanager Hill is, without a doubt, the most beautiful birding location in Simsbury. And it happens to lie directly under the main approach into Bradley Airport. For the sake of our May 9th fieldtrip we had to add seven species of “airline” birds in order to bring our total to forty. Take away the airlines,…
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