Join the Hartford Audubon Society at our monthly meetings or frequent field trips.
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.

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

Full Details

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.

Full Details

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.

Full Details

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.

Full Details

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.

Full Details

Audibles and Edibles

Saturday, April 27 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Visit open fields, and a woodland trail with a slight incline. It can be wet on this 2-mile loop. Nice mix of plants and birds.

Full Details

Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 4

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a walk you don’t want to miss but wear boots. After we get our 50 or more birds on this walk, we adjourn to Dunkin Donuts to tally the four walks.

Full Details

Quarry Park

Saturday, May 4 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

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.

Full Details

Lower Greenwoods (Bone Yard)

Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Spend the morning on an easy walk looking for migrants on MDC property along the West Branch of the Farmington River.

Full Details

Gay City

Sunday, May 5 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Look for migrants and other birds in a variety of habitats. Gay City has tall trees, wetland ponds and an interesting history.

Full Details

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

Long Island Sound Gulls & Plankton Trip- March 9, 2019

39 of us, plus 3 crew from the Maritime Aquarium, assembled at the Norwalk CT dock around 9:30 am and departed at 10 am for a six-hour cruise in LIS Long Island Sound. It was a gorgeous sunny morning with temperatures in the 40s. Our primary goal was to find the large flock of gulls…
Read More

Western Shoreline -March 25, 2018

“Western CT Shoreline” Leaders: Maggie Peretto & Tina Green Six years old Leon loved the great views of the Great Horned Owl. Tina Green set up her scope low so that he could see the owl. He was a great trooper walking under cold weather for a few hours. At Sherwood Island with the leadership…
Read More

Hartford Audubon Society – Pot Luck Supper – December 11, 2018 – Fun with Friends!

Fun time with Hartford Audubon friends at our Pot Luck Supper! December 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Bring your favorite dish for sharing and your own table setting. Beverages will be provided. Bring a bird related $5.00 wrapped gift to place under the Christmas tree. Participants will randomly choose a gift to…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More