BOS Field Trips and Events



Field Trip - DEC Winter Raptor Survey, Cayuga Overlook INWR

Date: 1/23/2021   (Saturday)

Location: Cayuga Overlook, Iroquois NWR (map)

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DEC winter raptor survey with Bruce Hoover.
Saturday evening, January 23, 2021
***weather date is Sunday, January 24***

Meet at 4:15pm in the parking lot of the Cayuga Overlook, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Leader: Bruce Hoover (716-579-3894; hoover19br@gmail.com).

Western New York is fortunate to have several locations offering favorable habitat for several species of state-threatened species of birds...Short-eared Owl and Northern Harrier. These two species use grassland habitats to roost and feed in during the winter months. Generally speaking, each year the birds select different locations based on prey availability and this year, for several weeks now, Short-eared Owls have been seen at dusk from Cayuga Overlook as they begin their nightly activities. Up to 6 birds have been reported!

During this BOS field trip, we will be searching for both Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers as well as possible Rough-legged Hawk. The local pair of Bald Eagles should be settling into their incubation duties as these birds begin nesting very early in the year. As part of the outing, a Winter Raptor Survey will be conducted for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. This is an ongoing volunteer citizen science effort in the monitoring of wintering raptors.

We will conduct the survey from 4:30pm-5:45pm. Bruce will provide a brief description of the DEC survey protocol. Plan to arrive by 4:15 dressed warmly. The group will remain in the parking lot for the duration of the survey - think of this trip as a Big Sit! Because of this, you will be able to intermittently pop into your vehicle to warm up if needed! The owls typically become active around sunset while Northern Harriers should be active upon our arrival. At times, the two species will interact as they cross paths and this can be very entertaining!

Social distancing and mark-wearing guidelines will be adhered to. If you are interested in joining this event, please contact Bruce Hoover by text or email. This trip is weather dependent and if the conditions are too wintry, the trip we be rescheduled to Sunday, January 24, 2021 - same meeting time.

Meeting - Rarity Roundup!

Date: 2/10/2021   (Wednesday)

Location: Zoom Meeting

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Our February Meeting will be held via Zoom - connection details to follow as we get closer.

After the business part of the meeting, we’ll dive into one of our favorite events of the year, our annual roundup of the previous year’s rarities. Alec Humann will showcase these rarities - or at least all those that were photographed.

Meeting - "NYS BBA III Report and Guidance"

Date: 3/10/2021   (Wednesday)

Location: Zoom Meeting

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Our March meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, March 10th, at 7 PM via Zoom. Zoom connection details will follow as it gets closer.

Sue Barth will present a report of how the 3rd NYS Breeding Bird Atlas is progressing as well as offer some technical guidance on entering YOUR data to help the 5-year project and the state-wide effort to document evidence of our breeding birds here in WNY.

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 3/27/2021   (Saturday)

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

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March 27th, Saturday. Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for early migrants.
**Weather Date is Sunday, 3/28/2021**

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!

Meeting - TBD

Date: 4/7/2021   (Wednesday)

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The content of our April meeting has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for details!

BOS April Bird Count

Date: 4/11/2021   (Sunday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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Sunday, April 11th, 2021

All BOS members will hopefully 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!

More About the April Count: Click here »

Field Trip - Braddock Bay Hawkwatch

Date: 4/24/2021   (Saturday)

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

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Saturday, April 24th

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

David Gordon (dgordonphoto@yahoo.com; (716) 390-1429) leads this trip.

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!

This is a full day trip so bring drinks, lunch, snacks, sunscreen and a chair (for hawk watching). Bathrooms are likely 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 - Montezuma NWR

Date: 4/25/2021   (Sunday)

Location: 3395 US-20, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 (map)

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Leader is Christopher Bertola; chris.bertola10@gmail.com

This trip is new to the BOS field trip menu, and what a great addition it is! The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge complex is a massive wetland that occupies 15 square miles at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Please join Christopher Bertola as we explore this unique hotspot and work on building your Seneca County life list.

This vast area is a critical stopover site for many migrants and at this time of year, we will be looking for various waterfowl, including rarities like Eurasian Wigeon and Ross's Goose, and early arriving shorebirds such as Pectoral Sandpipers and Dunlin.

Most of this trip will take place along the Wildlife Drive with frequent stops to scan flocks of ducks. Bring your scope if you have one! Marsh Wrens should be singing from the cattails as Black Terns bound across the open waterways in search of insects and minnows.

If any rarities have been found recently, we will try for those as well. With 267 species recorded along the drivable berm alone, something stand-out is bound to await us! This trip is anticipated to wrap up around 1pm. Plan to bring a lunch/snacks and beverages. Bathrooms are available at the visitor center.

Field Trip - Evangola SP for Migrants

Date: 5/2/2021   (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; 716-446-3376)

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.

Field Trip - Tillman WMA

Date: 5/8/2021   (Saturday)

Location: 10101-10369 Tillman Road, Clarence, NY 14031 (map)

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Leader: Alan Baczkiewicz (716) 633-9303, alanbooks@roadrunner.com

Meet at 8:30am in the parking lot near the intersection of Tillman and Shisler Roads (see map link above).

Join Alan for a half day walk through the Tillman Wildlife Management Area. This 239-acre preserve offers roadside access to marsh on both sides of Tillman Road, a 300 foot boardwalk, and approximately 2 1/2 miles of trails to walk.

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 for neotropical migrants. The wetlands host Sora and Virginia Rail, both of which have nested here in previous years. Bring bug repellent for the mosquitoes! Our trip will commence from the parking lot as we explore the southern area of the preserve, including the marsh, and then the group will relocate to the northern end to finish our trip.

Meeting - TBD

Date: 5/12/2021   (Wednesday)

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The content of our May meeting has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for details!

BOS May Bird Count

Date: 5/16/2021   (Sunday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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All BOS members should participate in the 83rd 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 - Letchworth SP for Nesting Warblers

Date: 5/22/2021   (Saturday)

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

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Leader - Matt Nusstein (Matthew.Nusstein@parks.ny.gov; (716) 446-3376)

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.

Field Trip - Krull Park with Joel Strong - Breeding Bird Atlas Boot Camp

Date: 5/29/2021   (Saturday)

Location: Krull County Park, Olcott, NY 14126 (map)

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Breeding Bird Atlas Boot Camp with Joel Strong

Leader - Joel Strong (joelstrong78@yahoo.com)

Meet at 730am at 6148-6152 East Lake Road (this is where the soccer fields are located and we will park here).

This trip will cover the basics of atlasing for the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas that is currently collecting data. Krull County Park covers two atlas blocks and Joel will cover how to stay within a block as well as how to code breeding bird activity. Our route will cover the area where Clay-colored Sparrows are known to nest, a spruce stand as well as an area by the lakeshore where Pine Warbler and Red-headed Woodpeckers nest. This trip will be limited to 10 participants. If you are interested in this trip, you need to contact Joel to let him know and to make sure there is a spot for you!

Field Trip - Chestnut Ridge County Park

Date: 6/6/2021   (Sunday)

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Saturday, June 5th at 7:30 AM. This is a half-day field trip.

Meet at the Eternal Flame parking lot, just north of the junction of Chestnut Ridge Road and Boston Ridge Road

Leaders are Christopher Bertola and Joe Fell (jfell2000@gmail.com / 716-239-1508)

Christopher will be targeting park specialties such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher, while Joe will provide identification features of tree species and plant communities. Did you know that when looking for Acadian Flycatcher, you need to find Hemlock stands?

Meeting - Picnic and a Walk through Tifft

Date: 6/9/2021   (Wednesday)

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Typically, we have held our June meetings at Tifft Nature Preserve. We will have to assess how WNY is doing regarding the pandemic to see if we can continue this tradition. More details to follow as it gets closer.

Field Trip - Beaver Meadow Audubon Sanctuary

Date: 6/12/2021   (Saturday)

Location: 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, NY 14082 (map)

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Leader - Tom Kerr, Audubon Staff Naturalist, tkerr.buffaloaudubon@gmail.com, (716) 310-0380

Meet at 8AM at the Visitor Center. This will be a 1/2 day trip wrapping up around noon.

This half-day trip takes us meandering the grounds of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in Java Center, NY. Tom will guide our group using his superlative knowledge of the nesting birds of this preserve. Species we will be looking for include nesting Blue-winged, Hooded and Mourning Warblers and possibly Alder Flycatcher. Maintained trails offer us views of the glacial kettle ponds, meadows and marsh boardwalk where Virginia Rails have raised young in past years. The visitor center has a fantastic gift shop so please support this refuge with your purchase. It is recommended to bring water and a snack/lunch.

BOS Travel Trip - Off to Maine for Atlantic Puffins!

Date: 7/9/2021   (Friday)

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UPDATE
THIS AND ALL TRAVEL TRIPS ARE BEING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND TRAVEL ISSUES. I AM STILL TAKING NAMES OF INTERESTED MEMBERS. AS SOON AS THINGS IMPROVE, I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

***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 7-day trip (2 days land birding and 2 days birding by boat with an extra day to 'clean up') plus 2 travel days 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!

Meeting - Member's Night!

Date: 9/8/2021   (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.

Field Trip - Tifft Nature Preserve for Migrants

Date: 9/18/2021   (Saturday)

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203 (map)

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Leader - Jajean Rose-Burney (jajean.rose@gmail.com; 716-247-1255)

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.

BOS October Bird Count

Date: 10/9/2021   (Saturday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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Saturday, October 9th

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 - TBD

Date: 10/13/2021   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Our October meeting topic is yet to be decided. Stay tuned for updates!

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 10/30/2021   (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.

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 - Vaughan Lecture

Date: 11/10/2021   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Typically, we hold the Vaughan Lecture this month for our meeting topic. The topic is yet to be determined. Stay tuned for updates!

Meeting - Annual Holiday Celebration with Elections

Date: 12/8/2021   (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 2022.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Photography Tour

Date: 1/12/2022   (Wednesday)

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UPDATE
THIS TRIP HAS DATES SET FOR JANUARY 12 - JANUARY 21, 2022.

This trip was put together at the request of a few photography buffs within the BOS family. This tour will focus on accessing the best bird photography locations in the northern half of the country where we will make use of the days' golden hours (morning and evening). This tour will be easy on your feet as there will be little walking involved, unless you want to try for field photography vs setting up at a feeder/watering oasis. Patrick O'Donnell and Alec Humann will be your guides for this trip. Locations we will visit include the feeders at the Bogarin Trail, gardens of Arenal Observatory Lodge, the artist Cope's private feeders, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, boat rides in the Cano Negro region (extensive wetlands along the northern border) as well as a boat tour on the Tarcoles River, among other stops.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Intro Tour

Date: 1/24/2022   (Monday)

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UPDATE
THIS AND ALL TRAVEL TRIPS ARE BEING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND TRAVEL ISSUES. I AM STILL TAKING NAMES OF INTERESTED MEMBERS. AS SOON AS THINGS IMPROVE, I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

UPDATE
WAITING LIST STARTED AS OF DECEMBER 2020.
TRIP DATES ARE SET - JANUARY 24 - FEBRUARY 4, 2022.

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. Please email Alec asap to be added to the guest list (alechumann@msn.com).

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Part Dos

Date: 2/7/2022   (Monday)

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UPDATE
TRIP DATES HAVE BEEN SET FOR FEBRUARY 7 - FEBRUARY 20, 2022.

THIS AND ALL TRAVEL TRIPS ARE BEING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND TRAVEL ISSUES. I AM STILL TAKING NAMES OF INTERESTED MEMBERS. AS SOON AS THINGS IMPROVE, I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

UPDATE
WAITING LIST HAS BEEN STARTED AS OF DECEMBER 2020.

This trip to Costa Rica will be for those that participated in the 2020 trips. This time around, our area of focus will be the west and southwest parts of the country including Montezuma Rainforest Preserve, Talari Mountain Lodge, Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, famed neotropical ornithologist Alexander Skutch's historical farm 'Los Cusingos', Rancho Naturalista and more!
Target birds include Turquoise Cotinga, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge, Spotted and Black-breasted Wood-Quail, Chiriqui Quail-Dove, Long-billed Starthroat, Snowcap, White-crested Coquette, Savannah Hawk, Azure-hooded Jay, White-eared Ground-Sparrow and so many more!

We will again have former Niagara Falls resident and BOS member, Patrick O’Donnell, as our guide. This 14-day tour will likely run February 7-19. Please email Alec asap to be added to the guest list (alechumann@msn.com).

BOS Travel Trip - Upper Texas Coast and Edwards Plateau

Date: 4/3/2022   (Sunday)

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UPDATE
THIS AND ALL TRAVEL TRIPS ARE BEING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND TRAVEL ISSUES. I AM STILL TAKING NAMES OF INTERESTED MEMBERS. AS SOON AS THINGS IMPROVE, I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

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 5 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 - Panama’s Canopy Family

Date: 3/4/2023   (Saturday)

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UPDATE
THIS AND ALL TRAVEL TRIPS ARE BEING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND TRAVEL ISSUES. I AM STILL TAKING NAMES OF INTERESTED MEMBERS. AS SOON AS THINGS IMPROVE, I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

***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 - Puerto Rico

Date: 3/2/2024   (Saturday)

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UPDATE
THIS AND ALL TRAVEL TRIPS ARE BEING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND TRAVEL ISSUES. I AM STILL TAKING NAMES OF INTERESTED MEMBERS. AS SOON AS THINGS IMPROVE, I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

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.