Field Trips

 

Sat                          11/18     Deb DeSalvo                       Adult Hike, Van Vleck Gardens, Montclair  Meet at rear of property at the Education Center;  Pre-registration is recommended—Classes are sometimes cancelled if no one pre-registers. Email education@vanvleck.org or call 973-744-4752  Provide information regarding which hike and what date, etc. in your email or over the phone.  Fee is $5 for Friends of Van Vleck and $7 for others. All proceeds go to further the educational programming at Van Vleck.

      

                           

Sat                          1/20         Alex Bernzweig                 Sandy Hook   Meet at 9AM in Lot B, the first large parking lot past the toll booths at the park entrance. We will drive to several different beaches along the hook, with some moderately long walks through sand and/or snow. Winter visits to Sandy Hook can be very productive, and we hope to see lots of ducks and seabirds. The dunes may host flocks of horned larks and snow buntings, and occasionally a rarity like Lapland longspur or lark sparrow. Interesting passerines or owls may be found in the woods. Be prepared for cold weather-- gloves, boots, and thermal layers. Moderate physical exertion required.

 

Sun                         1/7         Jack Padalino                     Search For Eagles - Delaware Water Gap NRA Weather permitting

                                                                                                Dress warmly, bring binoculars, and a lunch. The search for

                                                                                                eagles will conclude along the Lackawaxan River at about 4 pm.

                                                                                                There is no charge but please register by contacting   

                                                                                                jack@brandwein.org or call  570-296-6752

 

Sat-Mon              2/17-19 Donna Traylor                     Cape Ann   The group will stay at Fairfield Inn Marriott at 35 Clarks Rd. , Amesbury, MA 01913.  Rate is $99 up until 1/26 call for reservations at 1 (800) 228-2800 Group code is MONR..

Directions: From I-95 N exit 58B. From I-495 N exit 55.  Meet at 8 am in the lobby.

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.

 

Sun                        2/4        Jack Padalino                      Search For Eagles - Delaware Water Gap NRA Weather permitting

                                                                                                Dress warmly, bring binoculars, and a lunch. The search for

                                                                                                eagles will conclude along the Lackawaxan River at about 4 pm.

                                                                                                There is no charge but please register by contacting   

                                                                                                jack@brandwein.org or call  570-296-6752

 

Sun                        3/4         Jack Padalino                      Search For Eagles - Delaware Water Gap NRA Weather permitting

                                                                                                Dress warmly, bring binoculars, and a lunch. The search for

                                                                                                eagles will conclude along the Lackawaxan River at about 4 pm.

                                                                                                There is no charge but please register by contacting   

                                                                                                jack@brandwein.org or call  570-296-6752

 

Sun                        4/1         Bill Beren                             Liberty State Park, Jersey City For birds, meet at Boat Launch Parking Lot off Morris Pesin Drive @ 2:30 p.m.   DIRECTIONS

Beer and Brats to follow at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten  DIRECTIONS

 

Sat                          5/5         Deb DeSalvo                      Bonzal Refuge, Montclair**   Meet at the entrance on Riverview Drive, off Alexander Avenue, between Broad and Grove Streets 8 a.m. start time  DIRECTIONS

 

Sat                          5/12       Alex Bernzweig                Hilltop Reservation, Verona      Meet at 7AM in the parking lot at the end of Courter Lane in Caldwell, NJ. Off of Bloomfield Avenue, take Mountain Ave north for about 3/4 of a mile and turn right onto Courter Lane (just before large athletic field). We will follow a paved trail through wet woods, up to a newly planted meadow at the top of the hill, and into the woods on the other side. The middle of May is the peak season for spring migrants, so we hope to see many species of warblers, flycatchers, vireos, and thrushes. Around the meadow we should see both species of oriole and indigo buntings, with a chance of rare birds like blue grosbeak, Lincoln's sparrow, and bobolink. Limited physical exertion required (walking on paved trails, slight incline going up the hill).  DIRECTIONS

 

July 17, 2018 with Rick Wright

7:00 to 9:00 am

 

eBird, the all-seeing, all-knowing arbiter of birds and birders in this twenty-first century, tells us that no one has ever birded Brookdale Park the third week in July. That seems unlikely, but it presents an opportunity for us to pretend that we are treading terra nova—and to complete an imperfect record. Our two-hour walk on wide paved paths will take us in search of breeders such as red-tailed hawks, red-eyed and eastern warbling vireos, wood thrushes, chipping sparrows, and American goldfinches. There is always the possibility of a surprise, too, but our chief goal will be to flesh out the incomplete picture of this Essex County park’s summer avifauna. Bring a notebook and pencil, and wear a good hat and strong sunscreen. Meet in the parking lot across from the maintenance building, above the running track, reached from Bellevue Avenue.

 

 

Saturday, July 28 7:30 am Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus  Led by Rick Wright

 

The staging of southbound Semipalmated Sandpipers is one of the most dramatic, and most under-appreciated, wildlife spectacles in New Jersey. Every year in late July, thousands of these sturdy little Arctic breeders feed and roost at Mill Creek Marsh on the rising tide, fattening up for the long migration to their South American wintering grounds. We'll also be looking for such breeding birds as Willow Flycatchers, Baltimore Orioles, and Marsh Wrens; in addition to the hordes of "semis," other early autumn migrants may include Yellow Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and a smattering of other shorebird species, Forster's Terns, and perhaps Black Skimmers. Our pace will be slow and easy on the wide, level, mile-long trail around the marsh and impoundments. Bring a notebook and pencil, sun protection, and plenty of water. Binoculars will be helpful, but aren't necessary: as the tide pushes them to the edges of the marsh, shorebirds here often feed at very close range.

 

Meet at the well-marked entrance to the trail next to Bob's Discount Furniture. Directions here.

 

Southeast Arizona August 11-18 2018 led by Rick Wright .  Registration is now open and will close March 1 or before if we reach the maximum number of participants. Questions should be directed to both Rick Wright and copied to Donna Traylor. The final price will be determined when we finalize the number of participants but we can provide a rough estimate to any one interested. Participants will cover their own travel costs, lodging and food. An increment to cover the van rental/insurance/gas and leader expenses will be calculated when we know the final number of participants. Click HERE for more information. NOTE: This trip has filled waiting list is available.

 

 

**Rain Date, Sun, 5/6 ??