Field Trips


Oct ,1 2016 Sandy Hook NRA

Led by Jim McGregor

The inaugural MBC Robert May Bird and Bug Trip. Meet at Sandy Hook Parking lot B (Plum Island) at 9am ish or in Montclair at the southerly end of Anderson Park (Parkside Rd.) at 7:30am. We will be looking for migrating birds and the wonderful Bugs that Robert use to identify for us. DIRECTIONS

Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip Series: Search for Eagles in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic River

Join John (Jack) Padalino, President Emeritus of the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Paul F-Brandwein. Institute, partner with the National Park Service Delaware-Water Gap NRA by caravan to search for eagles the first Sunday of December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, and March 2017.

Meet 8: 00 AM at the Pocono Environmental Education Center OR 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Callahan House, 101 Route 209 South at mile marker 21, Milford, PA - WEATHER PERMITTING.

Dress warmly, bring binoculars, field guides, and a lunch. The search for eagles will conclude along the Lackawaxen River approximately 4:00 p.m. TO PARTICIPATE IN A SEARCH FOR EAGLES FIELD TRIP PLEASE REGISTER via Email: or PHONE: 570.296.6752 TO INDICATE WHICH FIELD TRIP(S) YOU WILL BE ATTENDING.


Sunday - December 4, 2016

Sunday - January 1, 2017

Sunday - February 5, 2017

Sunday - March 5, 2017

Eagle observation data that we collect will be shared with the National Park Service, Sussex County Bird Club, Eagle Institute and Hawk Migration Association of North America HMANA.

An Eagle identification field guide and a "Search for Eagles" activities hand- out will be provided by the Brandwein Institute. Join us to Search For Eagles, the symbol of our nation. THERE IS NO CHARGE

Presidents Weekend, Feb 18-20, 2017  Cape Ann Massachusetts

Led by Don & Donna Traylor

The group will stay at Fairfield Inn Marriott at 35 Clarks Rd.,Amesbury, MA 01913. 

Directions: From I-95 N exit 58B. From I-495 N exit 55.

The nightly rate is $99 for a double/$109 for a king plus applicable taxes, etc. When making a reservation, you must identify yourself as a member of the Montclair Bird Club and use the group code BIRS.  The reservation number is  978 388 3400 or 1-800-228-2800.

Be prepared for all sorts of weather, it could be bitterly cold & windy, or even on rare occasions unseasonably pleasant. Pack & dress accordingly, you will be outside all day. The Fairfield Inn typically has a breakfast bar which usually accommodates early morning birders. We will endeavor to find an appropriate lunch stop but if you decide to brown bag it arrangements will be made for a meeting spot after lunch. If you have an FRS radio bring it as we will be driving through small New England towns where the group can get separated. Dinner will be a group endeavor and the leaders will have made reservations due to being a holiday weekend.

On Saturday birding will most likely begin at Amesbury, Newburyport, Plum Island, and Salisbury Beach. This could produce winter finches, snowy & short-eared owls, northern shrike, and white-winged gulls. Sunday we will work toward Gloucester and Rockport doing a circuit concentrating on waterfowl, grebes, and gulls. The longest hike will be approx. 1/2 mile out to Halibut Point. A scope will be handy if you have one.  On Monday we will visit any spots missed or need rechecking depending on bird reports. We normally conclude about midday to allow the drive back to NJ during daylight. PLEASE CONTACT THE LEADERS IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

Sunday April 2, 2017  Liberty Park Birds & Beer & Brats: Early Migrants Ducks & Shorebirds

Led by Bill Beren & JoAnn Katzban

For birds, meet at Boat Launch Parking Lot off Morris Pesin Drive @ 2:00 p.m. We will walk along the Hudson River walkway for about a mile out and back, looking for wintering ducks and other water fowl, and wintering and early migrant song birds.  Then we will drive to the Zeppelin Beer Hall, stopping at various points along the way for more sightings.  Zeppelin Beer Hall is located at 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City. Call to confirm attendance (347-386-1616) or to arrange carpooling from Montclair. 


Beer and Brats to follow at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten


April 19, 2017 thru May Wednesday Warbler Walks at Garret Mtn. Reservation

Led by Pat Hamill

Meet at the STONY BROOK PARKING LOT (dot marked Park Rd on map) at 8 am.

April 22, 2017 Spring Warblers at Garret Mtn. Reservation

Led by Wally Koenig

Meet at the Stony Brook parking lot (dot marked Park Rd on map) at 8 am.

May 13, 2017 Bonsal Preserve in Montclair led by Deb DeSalvo

(Meeting at the entrance on Riverview Drive, off Alexander Avenue, between Broad and Grove Streets) 8:30 am start time will finish about 10:30 am.


July 28, 2017 Mill Creek Marsh (LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS)

Led by Rick Wright

Meet at 9 am at the gate to Mill Creek Marsh

The tidal creeks and open impoundments at Mill Creek are excellent for migrant shorebirds; late July sees hundreds or thousands, especially adult Semipalmated Sandpipers, feeding and loafing on the rising tide. We should also encounter breeders such as Willow Flycatcher, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Marsh Wren, Yellow Warbler, and Baltimore Oriole. Osprey, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon are also likely, the last hunting shorebirds on the mudflats. You can see the July list for the site here:                                                                                                                          We will walk about a mile on the wide, well-maintained trail around the main pools and through patches of fruit-bearing trees favored by passerines. Our pace will be very slow, and you may want to bring a folding stool or chair to take full advantage of the spectacle. Spotting scopes are useful but by no means necessary, as the shorebirds here feed virtually at our feet.  Food and restrooms are available in the adjacent shopping center. Bring plenty of water and wear good sun protection; on calm days, mosquitoes can be a minor annoyance. We can carpool from the NJT park-and-ride lot at the Clifton Commons shopping center on Kingsland Avenue. Those meeting the group in Secaucus should take Highway 3 east to the exit for North Bergen / Kennedy Boulevard / Interstate 95 North. Immediately after passing under the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike, exit right and loop onto Harmon Meadow Boulevard. Harmon Meadow leads to a T intersection at Park Plaza Drive; turn left here and follow the road to the parking lot, between Bob’s Discount Furniture and the well-marked gate to the marsh.