Allen Bird Club

 

 

Field Trip Schedule

Please check this webpage prior to any trip for changes and/or cancellations. 

 

September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019

DECEMBER 2018

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15 Sat.     Springfield Area Christmas Count
Be a part of a local effort to document bird populations since 1956. New counters are needed and welcome. Call coordinator for details on how to help. Compilation and pot luck supper for participants at 6:30 p.m.
George Kingston 525-6742

22 Sat.     Cobble Mt. (Westfield Area) Christmas Count
This Westfield area count has been conducted since 2000. New counters are needed and welcome. Call coordinator for details on how to help. Compilation and pizza party at 4:30 p.m.   Janice Zepko 733-3978, jzepko@comcast.net

JANUARY 2019

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5 Sat.      Plymouth, Sandwich, Falmouth - Full Day
Seabirds, ducks, and wintering songbirds. Meet in the commuter lot behind McDonald's near Turnpike entrance in Ludlow at 6:30 a.m.
Leader TBA - Contact Janice Zepko, jzepko@comcast.net for details.

19 Sat.      Local Hotline - Half Day
Call a leader for details.
April Downey 566-8064 and Bambi Kenney 413-789-6138

FEBRUARY 2019

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9 Sat.      Amherst to Turners Falls - 3/4 Day
Wintering birds. Meet at Atkins Farms on 1150 West St., Amherst (Rte. 116) in the parking lot south of the building at 8:30 a.m.  Harvey Allen 253-7963

23-24 Sat.-Sun.     Cape Ann & Plum Island - Weekend
Raptors, waterfowl, and alcids. We will be staying at the Fairfield Inn in Amesbury. Contact leaders for reservation information. Meet at parking lot at Friendly's off rotary of Rte. 128 in Gloucester at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Notify leaders of your plans at least 10 days in advance.
Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

MARCH 2019

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30 Sat.     Breakfast & Upriver to Turners Falls - Half Day
Migrant ducks. Meet at Sylvester's on Pleasant Street in Northampton for breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  Howard Schwartz 323-6967

APRIL 2019

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6 Sat.     Longmeadow and Agawam - Half Day
Ducks and early arrivals. Meet at Pynchon Point Park on River Road off Rte. 57 in Agawam at 7:30 a.m.
Leader TBA - Contact Janice Zepko, jzepko@comcast.net for details.

Woodcock in East Longmeadow - Evening
We will meet at the Meadowbrook School on Parker St. just south of Porter Rd. in East Longmeadow. Date and time to be announced.
George Kingston 525-6742.

20 Sat.      Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk - 3 hours
Waterbirds and early songbirds. Meet at sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Roads in Longmeadow at 7:30 a.m.  Janet Orcutt 732-2412

21 Sun.     Fort River Refuge Walk - 2-3 Hours
Spring migrants. Meet in the refuge parking lot on 69 Moody Bridge Rd. in Hadley at 7:30 a.m.  Tim Carter 323-0601

27 Sat.     Ashley Ponds, Holyoke - 3 Hours
Songbirds and waterbirds. Meet in the back parking lot of Holyoke Pediatrics just west of Exit 15 off I-91 at 7:30 a.m.  Janice Zepko, jzepko@comcast.net

28 Sun.     Explore a Wilbraham hotspot - 2-3 Hours
Arriving songbirds. Meet at Rice's Fruit Farm on 757 Main Street in Wilbraham at 7:00 a.m. for a cup of coffee! or at 7:30 to go birding! Bring water and a snack.
Bobby Olsen 508-509-0127 and Sue Burk 530-3434, smburk43@gmail.com

MAY 2019

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1 Wed.      Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk - 2-3 Hours
Waterbirds and arriving songbirds. Bring footwear appropriate for wet trails. Meet at sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Roads in Longmeadow at 7:30 a.m.
Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

2 Thurs.     Ludlow Reservoir Morning Walk - 2 Hours
Songbirds and waterbirds. Meet at parking lot for bike trail on Rte. 21 at
7:30 a.m.  Howard & Marcy Schwartz 323-6967

4 Sat.     Stanley Park, Westfield - 2-3 Hours
Arriving songbirds. Use the Park entrance on Court St. opposite The Woodward Center of Westfield State University. Pass the tennis courts, round the bend to the left and park at the end of the road, across from the entrance to the Wildlife Santuary. Meet at 7:30 a.m.  Janice Zepko, jzepko@comcast.net

5 Sun.     Lake Wallace, Belchertown - 2-3 Hours
Spring migrants, waterfowl, resident Sora and Virginia Rail. Meet at the Dunkin' Donuts, 37 State St. (Rte 202/Rte 21), Belchertown at 7:30 a.m.
Tim Carter 323-0601

8 Wed.     Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk - 2-3 Hours
Waterbirds and songbirds. Bring footwear appropriate for wet trails. Meet at sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Roads in Longmeadow at 7:30 a.m.
April Downey 566-8064, apd428@gmail.com

9 Thurs.     Rail Trail Evening Walk - 2 Hours
Roost time calls of wetland and grassland residents. Meet at the Station Road parking lot of the Norwottuck Rail Trail off South East St. in South Amherst at 6:00 p.m.  Harvey Allen 253-7963

11 Sat.     Mt. Tom Morning Walk - 3 Hours
Spring migrants, Winter Wren and possible Worm-eating Warbler. Meet at the Rte. 141 entrance to the Mt. Tom State Reservation at 7:30 a.m.
Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

12 Sun.     Mother's Day Walk at Robinson Park - Half Day
Nesting and migrant songbirds. Meet on Colemore St. opposite the North St. entrance at 7:30 a.m.  John Hutchison 562-3976

15 Wed.     Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk - 2-3 Hours
Waterbirds and songbirds. Bring footwear appropriate for wet trails. Meet at sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Roads in Longmeadow at 7:30 a.m.
Janet Orcutt 732-2412

16 Thurs.     Stony Brook Wetlands, Ludlow - 3 Hours
Wetland and grassland species. An easy 2-3 mile walk on flat terrain. Bring footwear appropriate for wet trails. Be prepared for ticks and mosquitos. Meet on Tilley St. (unsigned, except for a NO EXIT sign), off West St. in Ludlow, near Ludlow/Granby line at 7:30 a.m. Parking is on either side of Tilley St. before the yellow gate.  Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

17-18 Fri.-Sat.     Allen Bird Club May Count
Bird an assigned area in central Hampden County from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Pot luck supper for participants at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Contact Janice Zepko for details by email, jzepko@comcast.net.

19 Sun.     Mt. Holyoke - Skinner State Park - 3 Hours
Worm-eating and Cerulean Warbler. Moderate 1 mile walk. Meet at the Park's main entrance off Rte. 47 in Hadley at the parking area just before the toll gate at 8:00 a.m.  Janet Orcutt 732-2412

22 Wed.     Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk - 2-3 Hours
Waterbirds and songbirds. Bring footwear appropriate for wet trails. Meet at sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Roads in Longmeadow at 7:30 a.m.
John Hutchison 562-3976

24 Fri.     Holyoke Dam and Fish Lift – 2-3 Hours
See what the Shad run will bring in for birds! Meet in the parking area at the end of the Fishway entrance road, 1 Bridge St. in Holyoke at 9 a.m.
Harvey Allen 253-7963

25 Sat.     Quabbin Reservoir - 3 Hours
Songbirds, waterbirds, and eagles. Meet at the Visitor's Center at 7:00 a.m. Janet Orcutt 732-2412

26 Sun.     Hollow Rd, Hampden - 3 Hours
Resident songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary at the junction of Main St. and Glendale Rd. in Hampden at 7:00 a.m.
Donna Morrison 596-3537

27 Mon.     Hadley Hotspots – Half Day
Grassland birds, Orchard Oriole, and Vesper Sparrow. Meet in the Fort River Refuge parking lot on 69 Moody Bridge Rd. in Hadley at 8:00 a.m.
Harvey Allen 253-7963

31-June 2 Fri.-Sat. or Sat.-Sun.     Little River Breeding Bird Count
Help monitor the breeding birds in the Little River IBA (Important Bird Area) in parts of Granville, Blandford, Russell, and Southwick. 6:00 p.m. first day to 6:00 p.m. next day. Compilation and pizza at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Contact Janice Zepko at jzepko@comcast.net for details.

JUNE 2019

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1 or 8 Sat.     Westover Grasslands, Chicopee - Half Day
Upland Sandpiper, Kestrel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink and Meadowlark. Registration is required. Leader will need the name and address of any participants in advance of the trip. Limited to 20 people - your spot must be reserved by April 23rd to meet requirements set out by WAFB. Meet in the parking lot of 99 Restaurant on Memorial Drive across from Mass. Turnpike Exit #5 in Chicopee at 7:00 a.m. Bring water and snack.
Call to register.  Howard Schwartz 323-6967

15 Sat.     Tyringham & October Mtn. - 3/4 Day
Wetland and upland species. Some easy hiking. Meet at McDonald's in Lee just north of Turnpike Exit 2 at 6:30 a.m.
Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

16 Sun.     Chesterfield & Cummington – 3/4 Day
Visit varied habitats for nesting species. Short walks and roadside birding. Meet at Westfield City Hall, 59 Court St. at 6:00 a.m.  Tom Swochak 485-8378

21-23 Fri.-Sun.     Adirondacks, New York – 3 Days
Nesting boreal species. Moderate hiking involved. Make reservations at Sandy Point Motel (518-624-3871) in Long Lake as early as possible. Call leader at least 10 days in advance for details.
Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

30 Sun.     Plainfield Walk - Half Day
Hilltown nesters. Easy to moderate 3 mile walk. Bring waterproof boots for more comfortable walking in wet areas. Meet at Judy's home on 525 West Main St. (Rte. 116) in Plainfield at 7:30 a.m.  Judy Williams 634-8099

JULY 2019

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13 Sat. ABC Potluck Picnic - TBA

AUGUST 2019

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17 Sat.     Canoe or Kayak the Conn. River - 3/4 Day
Bring your own boat. Trip will occur only if water level is low in the river. Call leader for details.  Harvey Allen 253-7963

24 Sat.     Longmeadow & Agawam - 3 Hours
Shorebirds, egrets, and herons. Meet at Pynchon Point Park on River Road in Agawam at 7:30 a.m.
Leader TBA - Contact Janice Zepko, jzepko@comcast.net for details.

Nighthawk Watch at Longmeadow Flats - Evening
Date to be announced. Check website or call for details. Meet at sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Roads in Longmeadow at 6:30 p.m.
Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

PLAN IN ADVANCE - SEPTEMBER 2019


20-22 Fri.-Sun.     Brigantine & Cape May - 3 Days
Make reservations at the Cape Harbor Motor Inn (609-884-0018) as early as possible. Notify leader if you plan to go.
Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

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