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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.

Mt Auburn & Plum Island, MA

May 16, 2019

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

May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019

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

May 18, 2019 @ 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

May 18, 2019 @ 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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Nepaug

May 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best.

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Holcomb Farm

May 21, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Holcomb Farm offers a variety of habitats unique in Granby: meadows, active farm fields, hedgerows, and both deciduous and pine forest. There is a moderate, but brief, climb. Wear boots.

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Greenstone Hollow

May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Enjoy a morning walk at a Hartford Audubon sanctuary with shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.

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Station 43

June 2, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

The trip focuses on finding wetland birds such as Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrows, Wood Ducks and more! Wear boots and insect repellant.

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Summer Bird Count

June 8, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in COA’s 22 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 collect breeding bird data and track species trends for Connecticut.

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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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