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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.

Greenstone Hollow

April 20, 2019 @ 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

April 20, 2019 @ 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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Audibles and Edibles

April 27, 2019 @ 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.

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Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 4

April 27, 2019 @ 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.

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Quarry Park

May 4, 2019 @ 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)

May 4, 2019 @ 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

May 5, 2019 @ 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

May 8, 2019 @ 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

May 11, 2019 @ 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

May 11, 2019 @ 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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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

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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Lower Greenwood – Barkhamsted walk

On the 5th of May 14 of us explored Lower Greenwoods in Barkhamsted. The property is owned by MDC and our birding was done by walking down the dirt road. We were rewarded with great views of 51 species. We had the pleasure of watching several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Baltimore Orioles flying and landing in…
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Quarry Park and Connecticut River Floodplain

A partly cloudy and warm day greeted us as we started out the walk. There had been a heat wave the previous three days, and the leaves were coming out. Eight of us turned out to see what was in the park. The upper level had a few birds new for the year, Baltimore Oriole,…
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Audibles and Edibles walk

13 of us began to look Down at 17 species of healthful herbs and UP at 28 species of birds. The morning was cool but sunny. Highlights were: Double-crested Cormorants(FOx33) , Turkey and Black Vultures,Eastern Towhee and many Savannah Sparrows. The Longo Farm Preserve,off Hebron Rd. in Glastonbury is a beautiful open space. Respectfully submitted,…
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