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March 2021

March Meeting via Zoom!: Matt Young – “From Finches to FiRN (the Finch Research Network)”

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY
Matt Young

Many area birders have been fortunate and delighted to observe Common Redpolls, as well as a sprinkling of other winter finches this season; colorful visitors from the North.

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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip – Registration Opens March 6, 2021

March 13 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lakeshore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area, Broadway Road
North Wolcott, NY United States
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Fox Sparrow - Perinton - © Shelley Patterson - Apr 03, 2016

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrows.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip – Registration Opens March 13, 2021

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.  We will stop at Owl Woods in search of migrating owls. 

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Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site – Registration Opens March 20, 2021

March 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis.  Long-eared Owls generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding. 

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April 2021

Woodcock Courtship Flight at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Field Trip – Registration Opens April 2, 2021

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, 10 Braddocks Avenue
Hilton, NY 14468 United States
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American Woodcock - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Jul 26, 2016

This will be an evening trip for woodcock courtship flight.  If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zigzagging noisy frenzy, only to start the cycle anew.  An amazing sight! 

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High Acres Nature Area Field Trip – Registration Opens April 10, 2021

April 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
High Acres Nature Area (HANA), 425 Perinton Parkway
Fairport, NY 14450 United States
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Over 130 bird species have been observed at HANA including more than 70 that nest in the diverse habitats found there. During this field trip we expect to see at least 40 species returning to nest or on their way to northern nesting grounds.

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Highland Park Field Trip – Registration Opens April 14, 2021

April 21 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Highland Park, Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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We'll be looking for spring migrants and lovely flora. This walk would be gorgeous even without the birds, but it does have birds in abundance!

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Braddock Bay Hawk Lookout Field Trip – Registration Opens April 18, 2021

April 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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This trip is for the spring hawk flight and migrating songbirds.  This is a joint trip with the Buffalo Ornithological Society. 

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May 2021

Taylor Marsh Field Trip – Registration Opens April 24, 2021

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Marsh, Allens Hill Road & Nighan Hill Road
Honeoye, NY United States
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Virginia Rail - Conesus Inlet - © Nick Kachala - May 14, 2016

Taylor Marsh is a preserve owned by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society and located in Ontario County north of Honeoye Lake. It is best known for marsh birds, including both local bittern and Virginia Rail. However, the star attraction is the 2-3 Sandhill Cranes that have been present in this area all year around for many years.

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Four Mile Creek Preserve, Webster, NY Field Trip – Registration Opens April 25, 2021

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Four Mile Creek Preserve, Phillips & Lake Road
Webster, NY United States
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Golden-crowned Kinglet © Chuck Schleigh

We will look for spring migrants along the approximately 2 to 3 miles of gently rolling hiking trails. The trails will most likely be muddy, so appropriate footwear is recommended.

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