BOS Field Trips and Events



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 hope 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. For pelagic trip participants, please check out the preparartions section of the Paulagics website http://paulagics.com/preparations so help you pack.

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

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.

Meeting topic TBD

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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Field Trip - Times Beach and Tifft Nature Preserve

Date: 9/14/2019

Location: Times Beach Nature Preserve (map)

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Leader - Jajean Rose Burney, (716) 247-1255
jajean.rose@gmail.com
Meet at 730 am at the entrance to Times Beach Nature Preserve.

Today we will begin at Times Beach where extensive habitat restoration has been going on for a few years now. Least Bitterns have been nesting here and a Loggerhead Shrike stopped by on September 1, 2017! This preserve is a classic hotspot located on the Outer Harbor just south of downtown Buffalo.

After birding Times Beach, the group will continue down Fuhrman Blvd to Tifft Nature Preserve.

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 along the boardwalk. If water levels are low in the marsh, we will hope to cross paths with shorebirds.

72nd annual NYSOA Meeting

Date: 9/15/2019

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Meeting - TBD

Date: 10/9/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Meeting topic TBD

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 - Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant

Date: 10/20/2019

Location: Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant (map)

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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

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Meeting topic TBD

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 - Annual Holiday Celebration with Elections

Date: 12/11/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Annual Holiday Celebration at 7:00 PM in the Jaeger 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 2020.

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 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

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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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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/20/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/21/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/22/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/23/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/24/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/25/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/26/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/27/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/28/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 2/29/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

Date: 3/1/2020

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BOS Travel Trip - Off to Maine for Atlantic Puffins!

Date: 7/12/2021

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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 - Upper Texas Coast - High Island and Bolivar Penninsula

Date: 4/3/2022

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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 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 !

Potential dates for this trip are the weeks of April 3 - April 9 or April 10 - April 16, 2022. These weeks span Sunday to Saturday. We will be flying in and out of Houston, TX with Alec Humann as your guide.

BOS Travel Trip - Puerto Rico

Date: 3/11/2023

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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.