BOS Field Trips and Events



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 Meeting

Date: 10/10/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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More information to come.

October Bird Count

Date: 10/13/2018

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Details to come.

2018 Vaughan Lecture

Date: 10/17/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Dr. Gavin Leighton will present on social weaver birds in Africa and what their behaviors can tell us about social evolution. (more 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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BOS Travel Trip - Cape May, NJ with pelagic trip

Date: 8/11/2019

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Cape May, here we come again! If you attended the last BOS trip to Cape May in October 2016, this adventure will present quite a different suite of birds. This time of year is best for shorebird diversity. Neotropical migrants will be starting up and we have a chance at seeing the more southern specialties as they head south; Worm-eating, Prothonotary and Kentucky Warblers, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak and more. Local breeding birds should still be around so we will try to find ourselves Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Warbler and Blue Grosbeak.
An option during this trip will be an overnight pelagic trip out of Cape May run by Paulagics. The date for the pelagic is tentatively August 11-12. Species we expect to see on this pelagic include Band-rumped, Leach's and Wilson's Storm-Petrels, Cory's, Great and Audubon's Shearwaters, Black-capped Petrel, Parasitic Jaeger and Red-necked Phalarope. It is a good time of year for White-faced Storm-Petrel and Bridled Tern as well! The pelagic will either begin or end the 4 days of our Cape May birding adventure. Therefore as soon as the pelagic date is set, I will then choose the extra days for land birding. For those interested in the land birding and NOT the pelagic trip, you can arrive before/after the pelagic and join the group.
This is more of a heads up for the trip window so you can plan your next summer's schedule. Stay tuned for updates and details.