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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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Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip – Registration Opens January 16, 2021

January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Snow Bunting - Avon - © Eunice Thein - Mar 17, 2017

We’ll search the Nations Road area, looking for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.

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Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip – Registration Opens January 24, 2021

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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Northern Shrike - Black Creek Park - © Jim Adams - Dec 26, 2015

A driving tour of the farm fields and open lands to the west of Rochester, this trip will search for Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Northern Shrikes, and hawks in the plains and country roads of western Monroe and Orleans Counties.

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February 2021

Winter Waterfowl and Other Possibilities – Registration Opens February 7, 2021

February 14 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Irondequoit Bay Outlet, 4916 Culver Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Long-tailed Duck - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Dick Horsey - Feb 22, 2016

We will look for Long-tailed Ducks, mergansers, scaup and others that may be present.  We will then drive over to Summerville and Charlotte to see what is in the river. 

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March 2021

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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