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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tanager Hill

Wednesday, May 8 @ 7:45 am - 11:00 am

Tanager Hill and the adjacent Owen-Mortimer property provide over 100 acres of spectacular birding habitat on Talcott Mountain. This morning two-mile walk ascends over 200 feet.

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East Rock

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

This is one of the best spots to find migrating warblers, as it is the first large land mass birds see after crossing Long Island Sound

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Hartman Park

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

Fight bugs and walk hillside trails on this Lyme Land Conservation Trust park. Last year 48 species were seen: both Waterthrushes, Blue-winged, Prairie, Blackpoll, Cerulean Warblers, and Raven.

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Mt Auburn & Plum Island, MA

Thursday, May 16

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.

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Catskills and Hudson Valley, NY

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19

Bird Saturday in the Cooperstown and Oneonta areas of Otsego County. On Sunday bird the marsh at Bashakill WMA and Doodletown Road in Bear Mountain State Park.

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Fisher Meadows

Saturday, May 18 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Take an easy morning stroll, suitable for all levels of birders, around a pond. Habitats include fields, woodlands, and shrub land.

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Babcock Pond

Saturday, May 18 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Travel a heavily wooded area in Colchester with a variety of habitats offering woods, fields, ponds and shrub land.

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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

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…
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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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