BOS Field Trips and Events



Field Trip - Genesee County Park Doug's Way

Date: 4/29/2018

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Meet at 8am at the Save-A-Lot parking lot at 45 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY (corner of Ellicott and Jackson Streets).
Leader is Doug Beattie; sbeattie@rochester.rr.com,
(585) 356-3007.

Today's adventure will begin on Old Creek Road just south of the City of Batavia. This area has habitat for American Woodcock, Wilson's Snipe and American Bittern. We will also be looking for newly arrived Cliff Swallows and early shorebirds, such as yellowlegs.
We will then continue on to Genesee County Park. We will make several stops along the way to scan fields for Lapland Longspur, American Pipit and Horned Lark. At the county park, we will walk gravel roads and a few easy trails as we look for newly arrived migrant passerines, waterfowl and hopefully see and hear Common Raven.
There are restrooms at the county park and Doug said he would make sure they are opened for us. How very thoughtful! This will be a half day trip. Bring a lunch to enjoy after our morning birding outing and we can recap the highlights of the day.

Field Trip - Tifft Nature Preserve

Date: 5/5/2018

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Meet at 7:30am with Seaghan Coleman as leader, seaghanc@gmail.com, (716) 435-7753.

This trip will focus on newly arrived neotropical migrants as well as lingering waterfowl and sparrows. Tifft holds the distinctive honor of having the highest number of species recorded on premises in our region - over 250! The list of highlights is long and includes Kentucky, Connecticut and Yellow-throated Warblers, Summer Tanager, Sedge Wren, Barn Owl, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and so much more.

We will hike the trails in search of warblers, thrushes and other long-distance migrants as well as look over the marsh for rails and bitterns. If we are lucky, we may see late migrant raptors.

This will be an easy walk over level ground and boardwalks, possibly muddy trails. Meet on the observation deck in front of the Visitor Center. The trip will span the morning hours so make sure to bring a lunch and something to drink.

Meeting - Cayuga Lake Birding - Montezuma NWR and Cayuga County

Date: 5/9/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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May 9th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

David Suggs will be presenting.

Field Trip - Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Banding Station

Date: 5/12/2018

Location: 10 Braddocks Ave, Hilton, NY 14468 (map)

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This will surely be a phenomenal day of a different type of birding...birds in the hand. We will be visiting a passerine banding station with opportunities to see a wide variety of birds up close and personal during the high point of spring migration! Today also coincides with International Migratory Bird Day.
Owl Woods is nearby and we can also walk and bird the trails here, although don't expect owls as it is past their predominate migration window. We will also make an effort to look over Braddock Bay itself for lingering waterfowl and don't forget to look up as hawk flights will still be possible!
Meet at 8am at the passerine banding station (see link to map above). Bring rubber boots in case of mud, drinks and snacks/lunch, oh yeah, and your camera!
Leader is Alec Humann, alechumann@msn.com, (716) 604-2971.

May Bird Count

Date: 5/20/2018

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Sunday, May 20th.

All BOS members should participate in the 81st Annual May Bird Count.

For more information or to volunteer your help, visit our May Count webpage:

May Count Info  

Field Trip - Wainfleet Bog Whip Trip

Date: 5/26/2018

Location: Wilson and Garringer Road intersection, Wainfleet, Ontario (map)

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Leader is Joe Fell, jfell2000@gmail.com, (716) 239-1508. Meet at 8pm at the intersection of Wilson and Garringer Roads, Wainfleet, Ontario. This location is north of Morgan's Point. Whips may not start calling until 930 so plan accordingly.

SPECIAL NOTE - This trip requires crossing the border into Canada. Proper identification is required (Passport, NEXUS, Enhanced Driver's License). Bridge toll also required.

Back by popular demand!!! This trip used to be an annual highlight for BOS members and was led by Bill Burch.
Wainfleet Bog's underlying peat material supports plants such as Labrador tea and cotton grass.
This year Joe Fell will lead us for an evening trip to the Wainfleet Bog. As evening descends and birds begin singing after the midday lull, we will listen for Wood Thrush, Veery, Mourning Warbler and Alder Flycatcher. Both species of cuckoos breed here and we will be looking for these birds as well. Last year at this time, a Yellow-breasted Chat delighted birders for several days and this species has occurred at this location multiple times over the years.

As the skies darken we may see American Woodcock along the roadsides. The stars of the show come next...Eastern Whip-poor-wills. As the sky darkens a bit more, Whips should begin singing and we should hear multiple individuals. The birds frequently come out onto the road to hunt for insects. As we drive we will look for eyeshine from the birds and hopefully get to see them sally up from the road after moths and other insects.

Field Trip - Iroquois NWR

Date: 6/3/2018

Location: Iroquois NWR - see map for exact meeting location

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Sunday, June 3rd: 7:30 AM at the Meadville Rd bridge, just south of Rt 77.

Please join the BOS and leader, Celeste Morien, for a field trip at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge for localized and specialty breeding birds.

Meet on Meadville Road south of Rt. 77 by the little bridge. This will involve a walk back to the end of the first woods, maybe a .2 miles distance. This will be a carpool tour focusing on nesting Prothonotary Warblers, Purple Martins, Osprey, Acadian Flycatchers along Onondaga Trail, Black Terns at Cayuga Pool, and American Kestrel on Sour Springs Road. Other possible nesting species to observe will be a focus and locations may change accordingly.

Ending time will be dependent upon weather and bravado of the group. Please make sure to bring drinks and a snack/lunch as there are no nearby facilities to buy food.

Leader: Celeste Morien (Ph: 585-721-8202, E: celeste.morien@gmail.com)

Field Trip - Krull County Park - Clay-colored Sparrow

Date: 6/9/2018

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Join the BOS and Joel Strong for 'target birding' - a search for Clay-colored Sparrow on Saturday, June 9th. This field trip focuses on one bird, the Clay-colored Sparrow, a close cousin to the Chipping Sparrow. These birds are uncommon in the BOS area but they have been breeding in the fields @ Krull County Park for several years and hopefully will be back again this year! The fields hold other birds like Bobolink, Willow Flycatcher & maybe even Orchard Oriole.

Meet @ 7:30 AM at the entrance to the park on Lake Rd (Rte 18) in Olcott / Niagara County just east of Transit Rd (Rte. 78). We will be walking mowed paths in the fields. Plan on a half day trip.

Leader: Joel Strong
(727) 519-4043
joelstrong78@yahoo.com

Meeting - Annual June Picnic

Date: 6/13/2018

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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As usual, the annual June picnic will be held at Tifft Nature Preserve. The picnic will be followed by a short field trip at the preserve. Come and spend some time with your birding friends before the summer recess of regularly scheduled meetings! Bring your own vittles and we will eat at 600pm at the picnic tables near the Visitor Center.
Last year we enjoyed Least Bitterns from Heritage Boardwalk after our picnic. Evening is a great time to see this species as well as Virginia Rail in the marsh.

Field Trip - Beaver Meadow Audubon Preserve

Date: 6/16/2018

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Meet at 8am at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center.
Leader Tom Kerr, (716) 310-0380, tkerr.buffaloaudubon@gmail.com

Join Beaver Meadow's resident naturalist, Tom Kerr, as he delights our group with the many species of breeding warblers on site. We will enjoy hearing and seeing such sought-after species as Hooded, Mourning and Blue-winged Warblers. Other more regular species include Chestnut-sided, Northern Waterthrush, Black-throated Green and Magnolia. A few years ago the rare back-cross hybrid, Lawrence's Warbler, spent a summer on territory at Beaver Meadow.

This half day trip will wrap up around noon. If you wish, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards at the visitor center.

Field Trip - Tillman WMA

Date: 6/23/2018

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Leader: Seaghan Coleman (716) 435-7753, seaghanc@gmail.com
Meet at 7:30am in the parking lot at 10343 Tillman Road.

Join Seaghan for a half day walk through the Tillman WMA. We will focus on seeing the locally rare Upland Sandpiper and Grasshopper Sparrow. These species nest in the grassland portion of the preserve. Other species of interest include Bobolink, American Kestrel and Eastern Meadowlark.

We will also take a walk through the wooded portion of the preserve which features wetlands. Bring bug repellent for the mosquitoes!

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

Date: 7/6/2018

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UPDATE - Two spaces have just opened up. If interested, please contact alechumann@msn.com asap!
BOS Leader Alec Humann, (716) 604-2971, alechumann@msn.com

Last year's trip was a huge success! Joan Collins, our local guide, indulged us with many great birds and memories.
This time around we are going to switch up the itinerary a bit. We will have ONE day in the Central Adirondacks and focus on Boreal Chickadee, Olive-sided Flycatcher and Black-backed Woodpecker. It should be a good breeding season for Crossbills and we should enjoy seeing both species. Of course there's always that wild card of what goodies Joan will have up her sleeve to share with us this year!
The second day of having Joan as our guide will be spent in the Saint Lawrence Valley. This is very different habitat and will offer us different birdlife such as localized breeding birds; Henslow's Sparrow and Golden-winged Warbler.
We will have a travel day in between our two days of guiding. On this day we will caravan to our hotel in the valley and bird along the way, stopping at Tupper Lake marsh and a few other choice locations.
The final itinerary is being worked out by Joan now and Ill amend the trip description here as it becomes available. Space is limited to 20 participants. If you are interested, please email Alec at alechumann@msn.com to get your name on the list. We will have a meeting or group email discussion to iron out the details at a future time. Similar to last year, participants will book their own hotel rooms, make their own travel arrangements and be responsible for their meals. Last year's guiding fee for Joan was $100/person and that will likely remain the same if we fill the trip.

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

Date: 7/7/2018

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This will be our full day of guided birding in the Central Adirondacks with Joan Collins. We will focus on seeing birds that we missed last year or that only part of the group saw(fleeting glimpses)...Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher. The habitat that these birds are found in also gives us the possibility of seeing old friends such as Crossbills, Spruce Grouse and Gray Jays.
After this long day of birding we will relax on the porch of the ADK Hotel at Long Lake and enjoy a group dinner!

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

Date: 7/8/2018

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Today we will bird without Joan. If we missed any species yesterday, we will try to mop up today. We will bird the Shaw Pond area in hopes of seeing American Bittern, VA Rail and various ducks. After Shaw Pond we will drive toward Newcomb and out towards the Boreas River. We will travel through patches of boreal forest and stop along the way to bird.
We will get back to the hotel for checkout and have lunch. After lunch, we will travel north towards the St Lawrence Valley. Along the way we will stop at Tupper Lake to bird the marshes and see if the Sandhill Cranes are back. Last year we had winnowing Snipe as well!
Continue on to the town of Evans Mills (near Fort Drum), check into hotel, group dinner and lights out.

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

Date: 7/9/2018

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Today we will be up pre-dawn to meet up with Joan Collins, our guide. We will spend the day birding in Jefferson County. Grassland habitats should produce Henslow's, Grasshopper and Vesper Sparrows. Transitional habitat in the valley will hopefully reward us with breeding Golden-winged Warbler.
We will visit Perch River WMA and areas north of Redwood, NY.
Ill check with Joan about a lunch stop during the day. It will be a long day of birding so I recommend spending the night (again in Evans Mills) and heading home Tuesday morning. For those spending the night, we can have our final group dinner and recap all the fun we had!

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

Date: 7/10/2018

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Today is a travel day home.

Field Trip - Purple Martin Roost Site

Date: 8/18/2018

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At 6:45 PM, the BOS and the NYS Purple Martin Project are leading a Purple Martin Fall Roost Site Field Trip at Buckhorn Island SP on Grand Island, NY (map link below).

Meet at the large parking lot for Woods Creek on East-West Park Rd. Thousands of martins typically congregate before going to roost in the cattail bed in the Niagara River. Join us and see this exciting event! This will be a short walk of less than a mile. This time of year can be buggy (mosquitos) so be prepared. In years past we have had Common Nighthawk, Merlin and Screech-owls during our time here.

Directions: For people coming from points south: take the Long Road exit on the northbound 190. This exit will take you to Grand Island Blvd. Turn left and drive 100 feet or so to the 4-way stop. This is the intersection of Long Rd and Grand Island Blvd. At this 4-way stop, turn right onto Long Rd. Take Long Rd all the way to Baseline and turn left onto Baseline. Take Baseline to East River Rd and turn left. Find the large parking lot on the north side of East River Rd.

A non-strenuous, short walk is required. NOTE: There are no restroom facilities available at Buckhorn Island State Park. Leader Celeste Morien (585) 721-8202; Celeste.morien@gmail.com

This link provides a map of the park showing the reed bed we will be viewing in the Niagara River:

Buckhorn Island BCA Map

Field Trip - Tifft Nature Preserve

Date: 9/23/2018

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Leader - Jajean Rose Burney, (716) 247-1255
jajean.rose@gmail.com
Meet at 8am at the footbridge just past the Visitor's Center.

Tifft is one of Buffalo's premier birding hotspots. With over 250 species recorded at this urban preserve, we are sure to end up with a great checklist for the day. Tifft includes ponds, cattail marsh, riparian areas and a grassland. The trails are level and easily walkable and there are also short boardwalk sections. At this time of year we will be focusing on Neotropical migrants and there's always a chance at Virginia Rail along the boardwalk. If water levels are low in the marsh, we will hope to cross paths with shorebirds.

71st annual NYSOA meeting

Date: 10/5/2018

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This year's annual convention will be held in Rochester, NY. Stay tuned for details.

71st annual NYSOA convention

Date: 10/6/2018

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This year's event will be held in Rochester, NY. Stay tuned for details.

71st annual NYSOA convention

Date: 10/7/2018

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This year's event will be held in Rochester, NY. Stay tuned for details.

October Bird Count

Date: 10/13/2018

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Details to come.

Field Trip - Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant

Date: 10/21/2018

Location: Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

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Leader Doug Beattie, (585) 356-3007, sbeattie@rochester.rr..com

Doug Beattie will again lead our group through the famous wastewater treatment plant. This complex is a bonafide birding hotspot and has attracted such gems as Northern Wheatear, Harlequin Duck, Piping Plover and Eared Grebe. In fact, BWWTP is the only reliable location for Eared Grebe in Western and Central NY. This phenomenon has been running for close to a decade now and we hope it continues for this year.

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 10/27/2018

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Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for fall migrants.

Meet at 8 AM at Tops Market in Wright's Corners. This is on the east side of Route 78 and Route 104, north of Lockport.

Leader: Willie D'Anna (716) 751-3637 or dannapotter@roadrunner.com.

This trip is a car caravan of sorts, plying the rural roads of Niagara County in search of late fall migrants. Every year is different, but with all of the fields and open space habitat we will check, it is reasonable to see Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, and possibly early winter arrivals such as Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk. Horned Larks should be added to the day's list as well. A few stops along the Lake Ontario shore lookouts should produce Horned Grebe and several species of scoters and other diving ducks.

BOS Travel Trip - Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, Jennings, LA

Date: 10/30/2018

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UPDATE - This trip is full and a wait list has been started.
Join your fellow BOS members on this sure-to-be-memorable travel trip to southeastern Louisiana! If you've always wanted to SEE a Yellow Rail, then you won't want to miss this adventure! We will be joining the 2018 Yellow Rails and Rice Festival which virtually guarantees laying eyes upon one of the most secretive species of birds in North America.
We will enjoy a full 5 days of birding (plus two travel days) in the pine woods and Gulf Coast of Louisiana on this trip. Details are evolving but I wanted to get the dates out to potential interested people.
Trip cost will run about $1500/person and that includes airfare to Baton Rouge, hotel in Jennings, entrance to the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival and rental vehicle. I will be working with a travel agent to coordinate our flights and other arrangements.
During the festival, we will enjoy field trips to the Piney Woods for Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachmans Sparrow and Brown-headed Nuthatch. On another day, we will head to the coast for shorebirds, waterfowl and waders. I will lead our BOS group the day before the festival begins and we will plan on birding the coast and/or chasing any local rarities that have recently been reported.
Of course the main purpose of this trip will be to see Yellow Rails which are flushed from the rice fields during harvest. Other birds fleeing the combines include King Rail and LeConte's Sparrow. We may even get the opportunity to see a Yellow Rail in the hand during the banding operations! I have heard rave reviews from friends that have attended this event and am very excited to be planning this trip!
For those interested, please email me at alechumann@msn.com so I can get your name on the list. No worries, this does not commit you to the event, I just need to get an idea of initial interest. A planning meeting will be scheduled in the future as details become available. Feel free to visit the festival website to psych yourself up...https://www.snowyegretenterprises.com/Snowy_Egret_Enterprises/Yellow_Rails_%26_Rice_Festival.html.

BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 10/31/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/1/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/2/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/3/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/4/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/5/2018

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