BOS Field Trips and Events

BOS Travel Trip - Off to Maine for Atlantic Puffins!

Date: 7/2/2022   (Saturday)


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This trip is ON! I have reached out to the first 15 people that had expressed interest...3 years ago! There is a waiting list, but please reach out if you are interested. Please note that this trip will span the July 4 holiday of 2022!

***This trip is full at 15 people.***

Most of the details for this trip, scheduled July 2 - 9, 2022, have been worked out. This will be a 8-day trip (4 days land birding, one with a local guide, and 2 days birding by boat) plus 2 travel days to/from WNY.

We will be planning to hire a local guide for one day to help us search for coastal Maine specialties...Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows, Roseate Tern, Piping Plover and the eastern subspecies of Willet. Breeding warblers are also well represented in Maine as are specialty birds like Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee.

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. Landings are weather-permitting and NOT GUARANTEED!

The second boat trip will depart Isle au Haut which is west of Acadia National Park. Our route heads offshore towards Seal Island NWR (not to be confused with Machias Seal Island) where for 17 years an adult male Red-billed Tropicbird has been spending his summers. Along the way, we will keep our eyes open for Manx, Sooty and Great Shearwaters, 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 5-hour excursion in the afternoon.
Land birding plans are still evolving but we will plan to stretch our legs at Acadia National Park, Quoddy Head State Park, The Nature Conservancy's Great Wass Island Preserve as well as search for Upland Sandpiper in local blueberry barrens.
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!

Meeting - Members Night!

Date: 9/14/2022   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Our first meeting back after summer break. Members...please bring photos from your summer travels to share with the rest of us.

Also looking to sign members up for the October bird count; whether as compilers or volunteers within the sections. Please help us improve our coverage from last year.

Field Trip - Woodlawn Beach SP

Date: 9/17/2022   (Saturday)

Location: 3580 Lake Shore Rd, Blasdell, NY 14219 (map)

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Leader - Seaghan Coleman ( 716-435-7753

Meet at 730am in the main parking lot.

Join Seaghan this morning as our group seeks out migrants during the busy month of September. Even without a good cold front, migrants are moving through the region nightly and you never know what the day might bring.
With its range of diverse habitats, Woodlawn offers respite to weary winged travelers in the form of sand beach, riparian woods, open lake, grassy dunes and a creek! Neotropical migrants may entertain us in the woods while various sandpipers use the beach to pick through the high water mark for food. Gull flocks that loaf on the beach may offer up more unusual species such as Lesser Black-backed or Little.
Woodlawn regularly supplies the BOS statisticians with review species. Among them are gems such as Piping Plover, American Avocet, Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo and Cave Swallow.
This will be a half day trip wrapping up around 11:30. Wear footwear appropriate for walking through grassy trails and loose sand.

This female Hooded Warbler was photographed by Sue Barth at Woodlawn Beach SP on September 4, 2021.

BOS October Bird Count

Date: 10/8/2022   (Saturday)

Location: BOS Study Area (map)

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Saturday, October 8th

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 ( or 905-871-2577)

More about the October Count: more info »

Dunlin resting at Woodlawn Beach SP, 11/2/2021 by Steve Pitt.

Meeting - TBD

Date: 10/12/2022   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

The meeting topic is TBD

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 10/29/2022   (Saturday)

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

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Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for fall migrants.
*PLEASE be mindful of the weather date which will be Sunday, October 30.

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

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.
PLEASE NOTE - this field trip can be moved to Sunday as a rain date. This will be an annual standing possibility due to the likelihood of inclement weather at this time of year!

Northern Shrike photo by Tony Dvorak at Reinstein Woods, November 12, 2021.

Meeting - Vaughn Lecture

Date: 11/9/2022   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

The meeting topic is TBD

Meeting - Annual Holiday Celebration with Elections

Date: 12/14/2022   (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 2023.

BOS Travel Trip - Puerto Rico

Date: 3/2/2024   (Saturday)


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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. This will likely be a 9-day trip; 7 full days of birding with 2 travel days.