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Field Trips

Join us as we travel throughout Hampden County (and beyond!) in search of birds. We offer a wide variety of field trips throughout the year, where you can be in the company of experts and beginners alike as you explore the habitats and behavior of wild birds.

2022_10-15 Ashley Ponds, Holyoke

October 2022

Saturday

,

October 15, 2022

Ashley Ponds, Holyoke

3 Hours

Ducks and late migrant songbirds

Meet in the back parking lot of Holyoke Pediatrics just west of Exit 12 (old Exit 15) off I-91 at 8:00 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Steve Svec 335-4078

2022_10-22 Quabbin Reservoir

October 2022

Saturday

,

October 22, 2022

Quabbin Reservoir

3 Hours

Ducks, loons, grebes, eagles, and late migrant songbirds.

Meet at the Visitor's Center at 8:00 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter 323-0601 and Beth Spirito 348-7447

2022_11-05 Berkshire Lakes

November 2022

Saturday

,

November 5, 2022

Berkshire Lakes

Half Day

Waterbirds

Meet at McDonald's in Lee just north of Turnpike Exit 10 (old Exit 2) at 8:00 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

2022_12-10 North Shore of Massachusetts

December 2022

Saturday

,

December 10, 2022

North Shore of Massachusetts

Full Day

Seabirds, ducks, and alcids

Meet in the commuter lot behind McDonald's near Turnpike entrance in Ludlow at 6:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

JaniceZepko, jzepko@comcast.net and ChrisBlagdon

2022_12-17 Springfield Area Christmas Count

December 2022

Saturday

,

December 17, 2022

Springfield Area Christmas Count

Full Day

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.  Depending on COVID risks, possible compilation and pot luck supper for participants at 6:30 p.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

George Kingston 525-6742

2023_01-01 Cobble Mt. (Westfield Area) Christmas Count

January 2023

Sunday

,

January 1, 2023

Cobble Mtn (Westfield Area) Christmas Count

Full Day

This Westfield area count has been conducted since 2000. New counters are needed and welcome. Call coordinator for details on how to help.  Depending on COVID risks, compilation and pizza for participants at 4:30 p.m.  

TRIP LEADER(S)

Janice Zepko 733-3978, jzepko@comcast.net

2023_01-07 Falmouth, Sandwich & Plymouth

January 2023

Saturday

,

January 7, 2023

Falmouth, Sandwich & Plymouth

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

JaniceZepko, jzepko@comcast.net

2023_01-14 Local Hotline

January 2023

Saturday

,

January 14, 2023

Local Hotline

Half Day

Call leader for details.

TRIP LEADER(S)

April Downey 566-8064 and Bambi Kenney 789-6138

2023_01-28 Rhode Island Hotspots

January 2023

Saturday

,

January 28, 2023

Rhode Island Hotspots

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Janice Zepko 733-3978, jzepko@comcast.net

2023_02-11 Amherst to Turners Falls

February 2023

Saturday

,

February 11, 2023

Amherst to Turners Falls

Half Day

Wintering birds

Meet at Atkins Farms on 1150 West St., Amherst (Rte. 116) in the parking lot south of the building at 11:00 a.m.  Bring lunch.  Call leader for details.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Harvey Allen 207-7272

2023_02-25 Cape Ann & Plum Island

February 2023

Sat.-Sun., February 25-26, 2023

Saturday

,

February 25, 2023

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 of Salt Water Grille (the old 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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

2023_March_Woodcock in East Longmeadow

March 2023

Wednesday

,

March 1, 2023

Woodcock in East Longmeadow

Evening

Woodcock

We will meet at the Meadowbrook School on Parker St. just south of Porter Rd. in East Longmeadow. Date and time to be announced.

TRIP LEADER(S)

George Kingston 525-6742

2023_04-01 Breakfast & Upriver to Turners Falls

April 2023

Saturday

,

April 1, 2023

Breakfast & Upriver to Turners Falls

Half Day

Migrant ducks

Details will be emailed to members prior to this trip.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Howard & Marcy Schwartz 323-6967

2023-04-08 Longmeadow and Agawam

April 2023

Saturday

,

April 8, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

2023_04-23 Explore a Wilbraham Hotspot, the McDonald Nature Preserve

April 2023

Sunday

,

April 23, 2023

Explore a Wilbraham Hotspot, the McDonald Nature Preserve

2-3 Hours

Early migrant songbirds

Enjoy arriving songbirds in the McDonald fields, woodlands, and its white cedar swamp. Meet at Wilbraham Middle School on 466 Stony Hill Road in Wilbraham at 7:00 a.m. Bring water and a snack.  Wear footwear appropriate for wet trails.  Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes.

TRIP LEADER(S)

BobbyOlsen 508-509-0127, thebigrock9@gmail.com and Sue Burk530-3434, smburk43@gmail.com

2023_04-26 Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk

April 2023

Wednesday

,

April 26, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Al& Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

2023_04-29 Ashley Ponds, Holyoke

April 2023

Saturday

,

April 29, 2023

Ashley Ponds, Holyoke

3 Hours

Songbirds and waterbirds

Meet in the back parking lot of Holyoke Pediatrics just west of Exit 12 (old Exit 15) off I-91 at 7:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Steve Svec 335-4078

2023_04-30 Fort River Refuge Walk

April 2023

Sunday

,

April 30, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter 323-0601 and Beth Spirito 348-7447

2023_05-03 Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk

May 2023

Wednesday

,

May 3, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

April Downey 566-8064, apd428@gmail.com

2023_05-06 Lake Wallace, Belchertown

May 2023

Saturday

,

May 6, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter 323-0601 and Beth Spirito 348-7447

2023_05-07 Dismal Brook Wildlife Preserve, North Granby, CT

May 2023

Sunday

,

May 7, 2023

Dismal Brook Wildlife Preserve, North Granby, CT

2-3 Hours

Spring migrants and nesting species

Granby Land Trust's premier birding site, offering many spring migrants and nesting species, including Virginia Rail. An out-and-back walk (2.5 miles), level and easy except for one brief, moderate incline (200 yards). Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the preserve parking lot, 253 Loomis St, North Granby, CT. The lot is located 1/4 mile south of the Southwick/Granby town line.

TRIP LEADER(S)

John Weeks 959-222-9978, aerie.john@cox.net

2023_05-09 Ludlow Reservoir Morning Walk

May 2023

Tuesday

,

May 9, 2023

Ludlow Reservoir Morning Walk

2 Hours

Waterbirds and songbirds

Meet at parking lot for bike trail on Rte. 21 at 7:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Howard & Marcy Schwartz 323-6967

2023_05-10 Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk

May 2023

Wednesday

,

May 10, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Bobby Olsen 508-509-0127, thebigrock9@gmail.com

2023_05-11 Rail Trail Evening Walk

May 2023

Thursday

,

May 11, 2023

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.  Call leader for details.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Harvey Allen 207-7272

2023_05-12 Allen Bird Club May Count

May 2023

Fri.-Sat., May 12-13, 2023

Friday

,

May 12, 2023

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.  Depending on COVID risk, pot luck supper for participants at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.  

TRIP LEADER(S)

Contact Janice Zepko for details, jzepko@comcast.net.

2023_05-14 Mother's Day Walk at Robinson State Park

May 2023

Sunday

,

May 14, 2023

Mother's Day Walk at Robinson State Park

3 Hours

Nesting and migrant songbirds

Meet on Colemore St. opposite the North St. entrance at 7:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Steve Svec 335-4078

2023_05-15 South Hadley Falls below the dam

May 2023

Monday

,

May 15, 2023

South Hadley Falls below the dam

2-3 Hours

Waterbirds

Come out and watch birds feed on Shad at the base of the dam!  Bring your spotting scope if you have one, and be prepared to enjoy some easy birding. Probabilities include Bald Eagle, Black Vulture, Cormorant, Mergansers, Great Blue Heron and more, right from the parking lot of the new South Hadley Public Library.  Meet at the Library, 2 Canal St., South Hadley at 9:00 a.m. Call leader for details.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Harvey Allen 207-7272

2023_05-17 Stebbins Refuge Morning Walk

May 2023

Wednesday

,

May 17, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

2023_05-18 Stony Brook Wetlands, Ludlow

May 2023

Thursday

,

May 18, 2023

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 mosquitoes.   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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Craig Allen 467-3028

2023_05-20 Mt. Tom Morning Walk

May 2023

Saturday

,

May 20, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Al& Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

2023_05-21 Mt. Holyoke - Skinner State Park

May 2023

Sunday

,

May 21, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter and Beth Spirito 348-7447

2023_05-27 Hadley Hotspots

May 2023

Saturday

,

May 27, 2023

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.  Call leader for details.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Harvey Allen 207-7272

2023_05-28 Quabbin Reservoir

May 2023

Sunday

,

May 28, 2023

Quabbin Reservoir

3 Hours

Songbirds, waterbirds, and eagles

Meet at the Visitor's Center at 7:00 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter 323-0601 and Beth Spirito 348-7447

2023_06-02 Little River Breeding Bird Count

June 2023

Fri.-Sat., June 2-3, 2023

Friday

,

June 2, 2023

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. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Saturday.  Depending on COVID risk, compilation and pizza at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.  

TRIP LEADER(S)

Contact Janice Zepko at jzepko@comcast.net for details.

2023_06-10 Tyringham and Post Farm

June 2023

Saturday

,

June 10, 2023

Tyringham and Post Farm

Half Day

Wetland and upland species

Some easy hiking.  Meet at McDonald's in Lee just north of Turnpike Exit 10 (old Exit 2) at 6:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 687-5037

2023_06-11 Southwick/Suffield WMA

June 2023

Sunday

,

June 11, 2023

Southwick/Suffield WMA

3 Hours

Resident songbirds and possible nesting rarities

Meet at the Suffield WMA parking area at 7:00 a.m.  To get there from intersection of Rte 10/202 and 57 in Southwick, head east on Depot St, turn right onto Sheep Pasture Rd, continue onto Point Grove Rd, parking area is on left just after Connecticut line.  

TRIP LEADER(S)

John Weeks 959-222-9978, aerie.john@cox.net

2023_06-16 Adirondacks, New York

June 2023

June 16-18, 2023

Friday

,

June 16, 2023

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.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Myles & Kathy Conway 269-7130 or 413-687-5037

2023_06-24 Fort River Refuge Walk

June 2023

Saturday

,

June 24, 2023

Fort River Refuge Walk

2-3 Hours

Breeding species

Meet in the refuge parking lot on 69 Moody Bridge Rd. in Hadley at 7:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter 323-0601 and Beth Spirito 348-7447

2023_August Nighthawk Watch at Longmeadow Flats

August 2023

Tuesday

,

August 1, 2023

Nighthawk Watch at Longmeadow Flats

Evening

Nighthawks

Evening date to be announced.  Check website or call for details.  Meet on Tina Lane off Pondside Road in Longmeadow at 7:00 p.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

2023_08-19 Plum Island

August 2023

Saturday

,

August 19, 2023

Plum Island

Full Day

Shorebirds, ducks, hawk, and egrets

Meet in the commuter lot behind McDonald’s near Turnpike entrance in Ludlow at 6:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Tim Carter 323-0601 and Janice Zepko, jzepko@comcast.net

2023_08-26 Longmeadow & Agawam

August 2023

Saturday

,

August 26, 2023

Longmeadow & Agawam

3 Hours

Shorebirds, egrets, and herons.

Meet at Pynchon Point Park on River Road in Agawam at 7:30 a.m.

TRIP LEADER(S)

Al & Lois Richardson 736-0846, ALNLOISR@AOL.COM

DISCLAIMER: Members and non-members attend trips at their own risk.  Neither the Allen Bird Club, nor any trip leader, nor any driver shall be responsible for any injury suffered by any trip participant.  By participating in any trip, the participant acknowledges that he or she alone shall be solely responsible for any and all injuries suffered by the participant on any Allen Bird Club trip.

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