BOS Field Trips and Events



Waterfowl Count and Bald Eagle Survey

Date: 1/19/2019

Location: Lakes Erie and Ontario, Niagara River, inland open waterways

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The count window will be from Sunday, January 19th through Sunday, January 27th.

The preferred "Target Date" is Sunday, January 20th.

For more information, contact the compiler, Jim Landau, at: 716-941-3869 or landaujr@gmail.com.

See our Waterfowl Count page for more details: Waterfowl Count

Kickoff of A Winter Celebration: Birds on the Niagara

Date: 1/25/2019

Location: Tifft Nature Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Kickoff event at Tifft from 5-7.

A Winter Celebration: Birds on the Niagara

Date: 1/26/2019

Location: Various Locations along Niagara River

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A celebration of the incredible diversity of bird life along the Niagara River Corridor. ALL are welcome - no birding experience necessary! FREE guided walks and spotting stations, from Lewiston to Buffalo, with special guest speakers and workshops! Discover the amazing stories of the birds that call the Niagara River home! Find event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/339833690173613/
Sponsored by NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Niagara River Greenway; Buffalo Audubon Society; Buffalo Museum of Science; and Times Beach Nature Preserve

NYSOA Winter Weekend

Date: 2/2/2019

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NYSOA's winter weekend has been scheduled for February 2-3, 2019 and will take place in and around Clayton, NY. Clayton is located along the scenic St. Lawrence River in Jefferson County in an area that has a rich history for attracting several species of wintering raptors. If conditions are right, participants will find Short-eared and Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and more. Other winter visitors may include Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, Northern Shrikes, Bohemian Waxwings, and irruptive winter finches.

The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, located at 200 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY (315-686-1100), has blocked off rooms at $109.00 per room, plus tax (1000 Island Harbor Hotel Website). When booking a room, mention that you are with the NYSOA group.

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NYSOA Winter Weekend

Date: 2/3/2019

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Meeting - Rarity Roundup!

Date: 2/13/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Our now annual roundup of great finds from the previous year. Alec Humann with the help of others will showcase the rarest of the sightings from 2018, or at least those that were photographed.

Meeting - TBD

Date: 3/13/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Still looking to find presentation for March meeting.

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 3/30/2019

Location: Top's Market in Wrights Corners, Wilson, NY (map)

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March 30th, 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)

March 30th, Saturday. Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for early migrants. 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. 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!

Field Trip - Owl Woods at Braddock Bay

Date: 4/6/2019

Location: Braddock Bay, Owl Woods (off Manitou Beach Rd.) (map)

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IMPORTANT
For the last two years in a row, this trip has had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. It is very important that you check with Alec a few days before the trip to make sure it is still a go! Odds are growing in favor of the trip going this year so keep your fingers crossed! Eventually we should hit a decent day! The weather date for this trip is Sunday, April 7th.

Leader - Jim Adams
Meet at 8:00a.m. at the parking lot across from the entrance to Owl Woods. See location map link above.

We are very fortunate this year to have a member of Braddock Bay Raptor Research as our guide through Owl Woods. Our main focus here will be the unequivocally endearing Saw-whet Owl. This migratory species is difficult to detect while roosting but with Jim's assistance we hope to see one. Long-eared Owl is also a possibility. We will spend about an hour and a half walking the spruce grove in search of these owls. If the weather permits, we may be able to get a tour of an operating hawk banding station to boot! This 1/2 day trip will have a 20-person limit. Please email Alec Humann (alechumann@msn.com) to reserve your spot! BOS members will have priority.

Meeting - Jean Iron Presents on Antarctic Seabirds

Date: 4/10/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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April 10th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Antarctic Seabirds
In this presentation, we will look at superb adaptations and sleek plumages of seabirds from albatrosses to tiny storm-petrels living in remote, windswept, cold Antarctica. In our quest for pelagic birds of the southern ocean, Jean will take us on an Antarctic voyage illustrated with photos and action videos.

Jean Iron
Jean Iron is one of Ontario’s best-known birders, having been President of the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) for nine years and editor of its newsletter for 14. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Ornithologist Award from the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Jean has a special interest in Shorebirds, Gulls and recently in Seabirds. She loves the Niagara River, where she co-led the OFO Niagara trip for 17 years and gave gull identification workshops and quizzes. Jean presents shorebird identification workshops at Point Pelee's Festival of Birds in May. Her passion for shorebirds takes her annually to the James Bay coast to survey for Canadian Wildlife Service.

Jean travels to many parts of the world studying and enjoying wildlife and digital photography. Her photos are featured in many publications.

As an experienced expedition leader, Jean has taken Quest Nature Tours groups to Antarctica, Iceland, Canada’s High Arctic, Svalbard in Arctic Norway, Costa Rica and Panama, Japan, French Polynesia, the Galapagos and other countries in central and South America. This evening Jean will share her fascination for Antarctic Seabirds.

BOS April Count

Date: 4/14/2019

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Sunday, April 14th.

All BOS members should participate in the 82nd annual April 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 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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Field Trip - Braddock Bay Hawk Watch with RBA

Date: 4/28/2019

Location: Braddock Bay, Hawk Watch (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!

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 - Evangola State Park

Date: 5/5/2019

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

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 - TBD

Date: 5/8/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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May meeting presentation topic TBD

Field Trip - Tifft Nature Preserve

Date: 5/11/2019

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Meet at 7:30am on the observation deck in front of the Visitor Center.

Leader: Seaghan Coleman (716-435-7753 or seaghanc@gmail.com)

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. The trip will span the morning hours so make sure to bring a lunch and something to drink.

BOS May Count

Date: 5/19/2019

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Sunday, May 29th.

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 - Whip-poor-wills of Port Colbourne, Ontario

Date: 5/25/2019

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

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Leader: Joe Fell (716-239-1508 or jfell2000@gmail.com)

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.

Meeting - Picnic & Walk at Tifft Nature Preserve

Date: 6/12/2019

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Our annual June meeting features a brief meeting, BYO picnic and evening stroll at Tifft Nature Preserve. We have had good luck in the past at seeing Virginia Rails along Heritage Boardwalk at this time of year.

Field Trip - Chestnut Ridge Park

Date: 6/16/2019

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Leaders for this trip will be Christopher Bertola and Joe Fell. Chris 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?

Field Trip - Tillman's Grasshoppers and Uppies

Date: 6/23/2019

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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.

This will be a half day trip with the Buffalo Audubon Society. Join Seaghan Coleman (BOS) and Tom Kerr (BAS) for a 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 in the area include Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow, American Kestrel and Eastern Meadowlark.

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

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 and more. Local breeding birds should still be around so we will try to find ourselves Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Warbler and Blue Grosbeak.

We will spend a few hours one morning aboard The Osprey, a pontoon boat that will take us into the saltmarsh to get close views of shorebirds and hopefully Clapper Rail and Seaside Sparrow. This boat is very stable and we will be on calm waters so no ocean swells for your land lubbers!

Another morning we will spend a few hours at the legendary Higbee Dike where the annual Morning Count is conducted of migrants dispersing back north after a long night's migration. The Cape May Bird Observatory employs a counter every year to keep track of this phenomenon. While identification is tricky since most of the birds are flyovers, if the conditions are right, the experience will be a spectacle! Other hotspots will we visit include Cape May Point SP, South Cape May Meadows, Stone Harbor and Nummy Island. Of course a stop at the NJ Audubon gift shop will be figured in to make your wallet a bit lighter!

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. Contact Alec Humann (alechumann@msn.com) to be added to the list of participants.

BOS Travel Trip - Cape May-zing

Date: 8/12/2019

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Stay tuned for details and email Alec if you're interested (alechumann@msn.com).

BOS Travel Trip - Cape May-zing

Date: 8/13/2019

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BOS Travel Trip - Cape May-zing

Date: 8/14/2019

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BOS Travel Trip - Cape May-zing

Date: 8/15/2019

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BOS Travel Trip - Cape May-zing

Date: 8/16/2019

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Meeting - TBD

Date: 9/11/2019

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72nd Annual NYSOA Meeting

Date: 9/13/2019

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This year's annual NYSOA convention will be held at The Catskill Center, in collaboration with the John Burroughs Natural History Society in the Hudson Valley
September 13-15, 2019.
The keynote speaker is Nathan Pipelow,
author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of
Eastern North America. Details to follow.
Registration opens in the spring!

72nd annual NYSOA Meeting

Date: 9/14/2019

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72nd annual NYSOA Meeting

Date: 9/15/2019

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Meeting - TBD

Date: 10/9/2019

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BOS October Count

Date: 10/12/2019

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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 »

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 10/26/2019

Location: Top's Market in Wrights Corners, Wilson, NY (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 - TBD

Date: 11/13/2019

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Field Trip - Niagara River Gulls with Rochester Birding Assoc.

Date: 12/1/2019

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Joint Trip with the Rochester Birding Association (RBA) to look for gulls and waterfowl. The later date this year should increase our likelihood of seeing white-winged gulls as they have been arriving later in the fall. A spotting scope is helpful for viewing across long distances.

Meet at 9:00 AM in the parking lot just outside the old fort at Fort Niagara State Park. Because this trip will head across the border into Canada, make sure you have a passport, passport card, Nexus, or enhanced drivers license. Dress warmly!

Leaders:
RBA: Rick Stevens (585-689-1882)
BOS: Tom O'Donnell (716-284-5569 or tmodonnell@roadrunner.com)

Meeting - TBD

Date: 12/11/2019

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/5/2020

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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 12 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 (approx dates of Feb 20-March 2 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

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/7/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/8/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/9/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/10/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/11/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/12/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/13/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/14/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

Date: 2/15/2020

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