BOS Field Trips and Events



BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/5/2020   (Wednesday)

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The first tour is already filled. Due to the nature of tropical birding and lodging availability during the high tourism season, the first tour had to be capped at 11 participants. A second tour is in the works and will likely begin a few days after the first tour wraps up. If you are interested in joining the second trip (Feb 20-March 1, 2020) you need to let me know asap, alechumann@msn.com. I will send you the itinerary if you are interested.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/6/2020   (Thursday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/7/2020   (Friday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/8/2020   (Saturday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/9/2020   (Sunday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/10/2020   (Monday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/11/2020   (Tuesday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/12/2020   (Wednesday)

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Meeting - The Harold Axtell Story

Date: 2/12/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Feb. 12th - Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Tim Seburn, Director of the Bert Miller Nature Club in Ontario, will introduce his documentary, The Essence of Goodness – the Harold Axtell Story.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/13/2020   (Thursday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/14/2020   (Friday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/15/2020   (Saturday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/20/2020   (Thursday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/21/2020   (Friday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/22/2020   (Saturday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/23/2020   (Sunday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/24/2020   (Monday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/25/2020   (Tuesday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/26/2020   (Wednesday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/27/2020   (Thursday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/28/2020   (Friday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/29/2020   (Saturday)

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 3/1/2020   (Sunday)

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Meeting - The Vaughan Lecture

Date: 3/11/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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March 11th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Patricia Wright (SUNY Stony Brook primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist) will lecture on the now-extinct Elephant Bird of the Island of Madagascar - a topic well-connected to the recently re-discovered BMS elephant bird egg specimen.

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Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 3/28/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Tops Friendly Markets, 3949 Lockport Olcott Road, Lockport, NY 14094 (map)

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**Weather Date is Sunday, 3/29/2020**

March 28th, Saturday. Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for early migrants.

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

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

This popular field trip seeks returning birds, like Killdeer, blackbirds, and Eastern Meadowlark, overwintering birds, like Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Bunting, and Lapland Longspur, and an abundance of waterbirds. We will look for loons, grebes, a variety of ducks and geese, and any goodies that might be around. Seven species of geese have been found on this trip in the past! We will also keep our eyes to the skies in search of migrating raptors, which are often prevalent in spring up by Lake Ontario. Previous trips have recorded Golden Eagle. Come join us and start to get over your spring fever!

Purple Martin Set-Up Social - Batavia WWTP

Date: 4/4/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, 17 Treadeasy Ave, Batavia, NY 14020 (map)

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Leader - Celeste Morien (585) 721-8202 Celeste.morien@gmail.com

Location - Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, 17 Treadeasy Ave, Batavia, NY 14020

Meet at 9am at the Batavia WWTP main building to sign in. This is a different type of field trip - one with a purpose other than listing! Come help Celeste Morien set up the Purple Martin gourd-style houses on the rack at the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant. We will see what we can do about providing coffee and donuts and you provide the manpower. Please stay tuned for a finalized date and start time! Who knows - if time allows maybe we can organize a quick spin through the facility to check for migrant waterfowl.

BOS April Count

Date: 4/5/2020   (Sunday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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Sunday, April 5th.

NOTE: this year's April Count date has been changed to the 5th due to our normally scheduled date falling on Easter Sunday.

All BOS members should plan to participate. Please help us add to the decades of records that the BOS has collected reflecting population dynamics of the area birdlife. You can be part of a field team or simply count birds at your backyard feeder. All observations are important! If you don't know what section you live in, please contact Joel Strong who will put you into contact with the correct section compiler. Please visit the April Count information page on the website at the address below. Thank you so much!

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Meeting - Using Genomics and Genealogies for the Florida Scrub Jay

Date: 4/8/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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April 8th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

After the business part of the meeting, Dr. Nancy Chen, of the University of Rochester, will present Using genomics and genealogies to inform conservation efforts in the Florida Scrub-Jay.

Photo © Thomas Mudd and used with permission.

Field Trip - Braddock Bay Hawkwatch with Rochester Birding Association

Date: 4/26/2020   (Sunday)

Location: Braddock Bay State Park, 199 E Manitou Road, Rochester, NY 14612 (map)

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Sunday, April 28th

Meet at 9:30 AM in the parking lot at Braddock Bay State Park, 199 E Manitou Road, 14468.

David Gordon leads this joint trip with the RBA (Rochester Birding Association).

Weather permitting, we will indulge in the spectacle of spring hawk migration from the hawkwatch platform. The bay should also have good numbers of waterfowl and the nearby woods may hold new arrival passerines. If owls are present, a short trip to Owl Woods will also enliven the day! Last year’s trip saw two Long-eared Owls!

This is a full day trip so bring drinks, lunch, snacks, sunscreen and a chair (for hawk watching). Bathrooms are available at the park. Be aware that a lake breeze can develop this time of year which is a cool/cold breeze out of the north compliments of Lake Ontario. Dress appropriately.

Leader David Gordon (dgordonphoto@yahoo.com)

Field Trip - Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Banding Station

Date: 5/2/2020   (Saturday)

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This trip is in the works - please stay tuned...

Field Trip - Evangola SP for Migrants

Date: 5/3/2020   (Sunday)

Location: 10191 Old Lake Shore Road, Brant, NY (map)

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Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the Bathhouse (the big brick building in front of the swimming beach).

Leader - Matthew Nusstein (Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov)

Join Matt, the park naturalist, for a 2-hour hike for newly arrived migrants. Sited along the Lake Erie Shore, Evangola State Park boasts an eBird checklist of 146 species of birds and has hosted such rarities as White Ibis, Wood Stork and Yellow-throated Warbler! Local breeding birds include Eastern Bluebird and Red-headed Woodpecker.

Meeting - Bernie Kester Presents Photos From Northeast India

Date: 5/13/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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May 13th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

After the business part of the meeting, Bernie Kester will be presenting her and Holly Sweeney’s trip to Northeast India. From Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary to Keoladeo Ghana National Park which is a World Heritage Site, Chambal Sanctuary which is one of the least polluted rivers in India, and of course a trip to the Taj Mahal! Then on to the Himalayas at Corbett National Park, Pangot and ending in Sat Tal.

Come and enjoy an evening of photo fun!

Field Trip - Amherst SP for Migrants

Date: 5/16/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Parking lot behind St. Mary’s Apartments off Mill Street. (map)

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Leader - Bruce Hoover

Meeting time - 8am in the parking lot behind St. Mary’s Apartments off Mill Street. See map link above.

Join Bruce as he guides us through one of the premier migration hotspots in WNY. This easily walkable park is a pleasure to stroll through and can be very birdy. Last spring gems like Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warblers were recorded here. The eBird checklist for this location currently stands at 189 species and we should work to get this list to 200+ as the potential exists! The list of rarities found here over the years include Western and Summer Tanagers, Nelson’s Sparrow, Worm-eating and Connecticut Warblers...even Long-eared Owls nested here one year! Late spring flights of Broad-winged Hawks occur when the winds are out of the SW.
Plan on a half-day trip focused on Neotropical migrants during the peak of avian diversity movement through our region.

BOS May Count

Date: 5/17/2020   (Sunday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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Sunday, May 17th.

All BOS members should participate in the 82nd annual May Bird Count.

BOS members are encouraged to participate. Please help us add to the decades of records that the BOS has collected reflecting population dynamics of the area birdlife. You can be part of a field team or simply count birds at your backyard feeder. All observations are important! If you don't know what section you live in, please contact Bob DeLeon who will put you into contact with the correct section compiler. Please visit the May Count information page on the website at the address below. Thank you so much!

More about the May Count: more info »

Field Trip - Iroquois NWR with Rochester Birding Association

Date: 5/23/2020   (Saturday)

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This trip is in the works - stay tuned...

Field Trip - Krull County Park for Clay-colored Sparrow

Date: 5/30/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Krull County Park, Olcott, Niagara County, NY (map)

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

Join the BOS and Joel Strong for 'target birding' - a search for Clay-colored Sparrow on Saturday, May 30th. 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 study 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 soccer fields (this is east of the main entrance where we met last year) 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. Ticks are present at this location.

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

Field Trip - Letchworth SP for Nesting Warblers

Date: 6/6/2020   (Saturday)

Location: 6773 Trailside Road, Castile, NY 14427 (map)

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Leader - Matt Nusstein (Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov)

Location - Meet at 8am at the Humphrey Nature Center, 6773 Trailside Road, Castile, NY 14427 (see map link above).

Scenic Letchworth State Park, embracing the Genesee River, boasts incredible numbers of migratory birds in May and June. In addition, more than twenty species of warblers nest in the park annually making for an exciting birding destination. This list includes the local Louisiana Waterthrush as well as gems like Hooded, Blue-winged and Mourning Warblers. Acadian Flycatcher is another local species we hope to cross paths with during our outing. We will be birding along the gorge making various stops with short hikes as we go. The trip could last 4-5 hours and we will have lunch overlooking the river. Carpooling is suggested. Bring a lunch, snacks and beverages.

Meeting - Picnic & Walk at Tifft Nature Preserve

Date: 6/10/2020   (Wednesday)

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 6:00 pm at the picnic tables near the Visitor Center.

We have had good luck in the past at seeing Virginia Rails along Heritage Boardwalk at this time of year.

Meeting - Member’s Night!

Date: 9/9/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

This is our first meeting back after summer break. Members, please bring photos from your summer travels to share with the rest of us.!

Field Trip - Tifft Nature Preserve for Migrants

Date: 9/19/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Tifft Nature Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Leader - Jajean Rose-Burney

Meet at 730am at the first bridge past the visitor center. From here Jajean will decide which trails we will wander. Plan on this being a 1/2 day trip, wrapping up around 1130.


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 walk-able 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 or Least Bittern along the boardwalk. If water levels are low in the marsh, we will hope to cross paths with shorebirds.

Field Trip - Beaver Island SP

Date: 9/20/2020   (Sunday)

Location: 306 East River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072-3018 (map)

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Leader - Joshua Ketry (jketry@pearlstreetgrill.com) 716-563-0720

Location - Beaver Island SP, Grand Island, NY 14072; meet at 3:30 pm in the parking lot OUTSIDE THE PARK on the east side - see map link above.

This trip is two-fold:
1. Migrants at Beaver Island SP
2. Dinner at Say Cheese Pizza Company (only restaurant nearby open on Sunday).

Please join Josh as he leads our group through the quiet wooded path leading into Beaver Island SP from the east. The path parallels the Niagara River where we can view the heron rookery on Motor Island. This rookery is used by Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night-Herons and Double-crested Cormorants. Pockets of marsh habitat dot this trail as well and we will try to find species such as Marsh Wren and Pied-billed Grebe as we meander.
After our walk through Beaver Island, those interested will meet for dinner at Say Cheese pizzeria (www.saycheesepizza.com).
A reservation at the restaurant will be made so make sure to email Alec to secure your dinner chair - alechumann@msn.com.

BOS October Count

Date: 10/10/2020   (Saturday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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Saturday, October 10th

BOS members are encouraged to participate. Please help us add to the decades of records that the BOS has collected reflecting population dynamics of the area birdlife. You can be part of a field team or simply count birds at your backyard feeder. All observations are important! If you don't know what section you live in, please contact Marcie Jacklin who will put you into contact with the correct section compiler. Thank you so much!

Compiler: Marcie Jacklin (mjacklin@brocku.ca or 905-871-2577)

More about the October Count: more info »

Meeting - Topic TBD

Date: 10/14/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Topic TBD

Field Trip - Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant

Date: 10/18/2020   (Sunday)

Location: Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant (map)

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

Meet at the operations center at 9 AM. The facility is located at the end of Industrial Blvd, which is off Pearl St. (Rte 33) at the western edge of the city of Batavia.

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: 10/31/2020   (Saturday)

Location: 3949 Lockport Olcott Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 (map)

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**Weather Date is Sunday 11/01/2020**

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.

Meeting - Vaughn Lecture

Date: 11/11/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Vaughn Lecture - topic TBD

Meeting - Holiday Celebration with Elections

Date: 12/9/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Annual Holiday Celebration at 7:00 PM in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Please bring a treat to share and enjoy an evening of birding friendship.

We will also elect officers for the year 2021.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica the Third!

Date: 2/20/2021   (Saturday)

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This trip to Costa Rica will be for those that missed out on the 2020 excursions. Please refer to the 2020 itinerary for an idea of what we will see and the places we will visit. We will again have former Niagara Falls resident and BOS member, Patrick O’Donnell, as our guide. This trip will likely run in late February-early March. Please email Alec asap to be added to the guest list (alechumann@msn.com).

BOS Travel Trip - Off to Maine for Atlantic Puffins!

Date: 7/12/2021   (Monday)

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***This trip is full at 15 people. Wait list has been started***

Alec is currently working out the details for this trip scheduled for mid-July 2021. This will likely be a 5-day trip (2 days land birding and 2 days birding by boat with an extra day to 'clean up') plus travel time to/from WNY.

We will be planning to hire a local guide for 1 or 2 days to help us search for Maine's boreal specialties...Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse and Canada Jay. Breeding warblers are also well represented in Maine as well as specialty birds like Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows.

We will plan on taking two boat trips. One of them will depart from Cutler Harbor and take us out to Machias Seal Island. Here we will climb ashore, weather permitting, and walk out to observation blinds. This unique opportunity allows up close and personal viewing of the hundreds of breeding Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills and Common Murres. Arctic Terns will dive bomb us as we walk out to the blinds! Keee-arrr! This experience will offer incredible photography opportunities! This is a 5-hour excursion.

The second boat trip will depart Bar Harbor with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. Our route skirts the shore of Mount Desert Island and then heads offshore towards Petit Manan Island. This boat trip is entitled "Whales and Puffins" and is not dedicated solely to birding but we will search for Manx, Sooty and Great Shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Red-necked Phalaropes, Northern Gannet and Wilson's Storm-Petrel in addition to Common Eiders and the alcids we enjoyed at Machias Seal Island. We will test our skills at picking Roseate and Arctic Terns out of the Common Tern flocks. Whale encounters could include Humpback, Finback and Minke as well as several dolphin/porpoise species. This will be a 3.5 - 4 hour excursion.
Land birding plans are still evolving but we will hope to stretch our legs at Acadia National Park, Quoddy Head State Park and Baxter State Park.
Stay tuned for more details and pricing as information becomes available. Oh, and did I mention Lobster? Not sure about you, but I will attempt to eat lobster for every one of my meals while in Maine; so long as it doesn't interrupt our birding schedule!

BOS Travel Trip - Panama’s Canopy Family

Date: 3/4/2022   (Friday)

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***This trip is full at 10 participants. A wait list has been started.***

This trip will take BOS members to the forests of Panama where we will be guests at the famous Canopy Tower (3 nights) and Canopy Lodge (5 nights) for a total of 8 nights. An optional 7-night extension to the Canopy Camp located in the Darien region will hopefully get us looks at an active Harpy Eagle nest. I am currently working with guide extraordinaire and friend, Carlos Bethancourt, and details are being worked out so stay tuned!
Other specialty birds that we will be searching for with local guide include Blue Cotinga, Black-crowned Antpitta, Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Crested Eagle, Black-breasted and Barred Puffbirds, and more. Feel free to peruse the website for The Canopy Family https://canopytower.com

BOS Travel Trip - Upper Texas Coast and Edwards Plateau.

Date: 4/3/2022   (Sunday)

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The Upper Texas Coast has long been a bucket-list destination for most birders, and for good reason. Northbound migrants, in their spring finery, descend upon the TX coast after a long migration across the Gulf of Mexico. Many
Neotropical migrants depart from points along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for a non-stop flight across the Gulf and the salt dome cheniers that dot the northern Gulf Coast are true oases for these birds as they encounter land. If the weather is fair, birds push inland from the coast. However, if the migrants encounter a cold front en route, a fallout can occur and can be the stuff of legends! This portion of the trip will span a week, two travel days and five full days in and around High Island.

Even if we don't experience a fallout, the general birding in the area is exceptional. We will visit High Island's Boy Scout Woods and Smith Oaks Preserve, the Bolivar Peninsula and Anahuac NWR. The varied habitats available in this small geographical region allow for a fantastic list of birds!

Neotrop migrants typically arrive midday, as it takes them about 15 hours to cross the Gulf. This will allow us to use the morning hours to study shorebirds in the agricultural fields around Anahuac or along the beaches of the Bolivar Peninsula. By 11am most mornings we will want to be in place at Boy Scout Woods to welcome the migrants as they arrive. Some days we will join the free guided walks offered by the staff of Tropical Birding Tours in conjunction with Houston Audubon Society. For the photographers in the group, accommodations can be made to reserve space in the photo blind in Boy Scout Woods. Our birding efforts will be concentrated in a small region so we will be visiting and revisiting local hotspots over our 5-day stay to maximize our time in the field.

The wader rookery at Smith Oaks Preserve offers close views into the nests of herons, egrets and Roseate Spoonbills, offering another fantastic photo opportunity. Here is a great website giving a nice overview of birding in and around High Island, https://www.birdinghighisland.com/

We will be staying in Winnie, TX which is about 20 miles from High Island. Don't worry coffee drinkers, if you've finished yours on the morning drive to High Island, FREE coffee is available every morning at the Houston Audubon house across the street from the Boy Scout Woods' parking lot! Some days we may eat lunch in the field and on other days we may take over one of the little coastal eateries on the Bolivar Peninsula so we can watch for migrants following the coast. Winnie is home to the famous Al T's Seafood and Steakhouse where we will have dinner at least once, https://www.altsrestaurant.com/Menu !

After experiencing migration at its finest along the coast, we will drive west to the Edwards Plateau region for Hill Country specialties including the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. We will visit Lost Maples State Natural Area, Neal’s Lodge and other hot spots. During our three-night stay, we will hope to encounter birds more typical of West Texas; Black-chinned Hummingbird, Verdin, Hutton’s and Bell’s Vireos, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hooded Oriole, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Lark and Black-throated Sparrows, Harris’s and Zone-tailed Hawks, Painted and Lazuli Buntings and others.

Potential dates for this trip are the weeks of April 3 - April 12 or April 10 - April 19, 2022. This trip will span 10 days. We will be flying in and out of Houston, TX with Alec Humann as your guide.

BOS Travel Trip - Puerto Rico

Date: 3/11/2024   (Monday)

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The commonwealth of Puerto Rico hosts 18 endemic birds as well as many unique Caribbean species. We will enjoy a week-long adventure on this emerald isle during February or March of 2023. The island's vegetation and bird populations should be recovered by 2023 after Hurricane Maria decimated the island in 2017.

As we traverse the island, we will visit the legendary El Yunque rain forest preserve in the NE corner, the salt flats of Cabo Rojo in the SW and many places in between. In addition to the 17 endemic species of birds residing on Puerto Rico, we will aim to see Caribbean specialties such as West Indian Whistling-Duck, White-cheeked Pintail, American Flamingo, Key West Quail-Dove, Red-legged Thrush, Antillean Euphonia and Antillean Crested Hummingbird. We should also catch up with White-tailed Tropicbirds along the coast!!!

An option is to add an extra day to take the ferry over to the island of Vieques to try for the Bridled Quail-Dove. We will plan to hire a local guide for the entire trip so as to maximize our chances at seeing all 17 endemics plus a good number of Caribbean specialties.