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October 2020

Whiting Road Nature Preserve – Registration Opens Sept. 26!

October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Whiting Road Preserve, 403 Whiting Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Pileated Woodpecker - Whiting Road Nature Preserve - © Dick Horsey - Feb 24, 2017

This preserve includes about 240 acres of land that is made up of a variety of birding habitats.  This results in decent birding lists throughout the year.  The trails are well marked and maintained.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip – Cancelled

October 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Road
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
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Pine Siskin - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Oct 05, 2015

We’ll start off walking wooded and brushy areas of the park, looking for thrushes, sparrows, and maybe a half-hardy warbler or two. After that, we’ll stop by the lake watch to view ducks on the water and in flight, learning about the lake watch process as we share scopes.

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Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant Field Trip – Cancelled

October 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, 9 Treadeasy Ave
Batavia, NY 14020 United States
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Northern Shoveler - Batavia WTP - © Dick Horsey - Oct 30, 2015

Why a wastewater treatment plant? Open water and a great location mean that this spot appears regularly on the fall birding mailing lists.

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Durand Eastman Park Field Trip – Registration Open Oct 24

October 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Durand Eastman Park, Lakeshore Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Red-breasted Nuthatch - Durand Eastman Park - © Dick Horsey - Oct 27, 2015

Waxwings, winter finches, and lingering migrants are possible.  We may visit Irondequoit Bay to look for waterfowl. 

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November 2020

Niagara River Field Trip – Cancelled

November 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Niagara River, Old Fort Niagara
Youngstown, NY 14174 United States
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Black-headed Gull, Niagara River (© Dominic Sherony)

Join us on our birding venture along the Niagara River in both the US and Canada.  We will start at Lake Ontario and work our way south to the Falls.  Our focus will be on waterfowl and gulls, including Bonaparte’s Gull and Little Gull, with possible late migrating Common Tern, with additional stops for Red-headed Woodpecker, Black Vulture and late migrating passerines.

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December 2020

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip – Registration Opens Nov. 28

December 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conesus Lake Area, Vitale Park
Big Tree Road, NY 14480 United States
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Bufflehead - Conesus Lake (RBA Field Trip) - © Dick Horsey - Dec 05, 2015

We’ll be looking for Tundra Swans, Canvasback, Redhead and other waterfowl. 

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Beginner Trip: Nations Road – Registration Opens Nov 29!

December 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Short-eared Owl - Bloomfield - © Zaphir Shamma - Jan 13, 2016

Sharpen your skills on wintering hawks and Short-eared Owls.  Other wintering birds such as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs are often present. 

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January 2021

Irondequoit Bay Outlet & Durand Eastman Park – Year List Jump-Start Field Trip ***CANCELLED***

January 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sandbar Park, 302 Lake Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Cedar Waxwing, Powder Mills Park, Pittsford, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

Get started on your annual list! We’ll look for winter waterfowl on the Bay, then move to Durand-Eastman Park where we will stroll Log Cabin Road and Zoo Road looking for finches, waxwings, and resident birds.

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Webster Park – Campground Area Field Trip ***CANCELLED***

January 9 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Webster Park – Campground Area, 999 Lake Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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White-winged Crossbill - Owl Woods - © Eunice Thein - Nov 03, 2020

In mature forest and scrubby areas we'll look for overwintering resident birds, lingering migrants such as Hermit Thrush and special winter visitors such as Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, White-winged and Red Crossbills and Bohemian Waxwings.

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Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail ***CANCELLED***

January 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Black-capped Chickadee - Mendon Ponds - © Yvonne Mathews - Mar 19, 2017

This trip will be a leisurely winter walk along rolling trails (approx.1-1/2 miles) featuring some very close looks at our winter passerines! 

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