BOS Field Trips and Events



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 - Speaker TBA

Date: 11/13/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

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 - 90th Anniversary & Holiday Celebration with Elections

Date: 12/11/2019

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Join us for our extra special annual Holiday Celebration and our 90th Anniversary at 7:00 PM in the Jaeger Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science!

This celebration will be catered so we're asking you to RSVP (use the button below) by NOV 30th in order to plan for food quantities. Drinks will not be provided, so bring your beverage of choice.

The event is open to all so come and enjoy an evening of birding friendship and celebration.

We will also elect officers for the year 2020.

RSVP by NOV 30th: RSVP  

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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Purple Martin Set-Up Social - Batavia WWTP

Date: 4/4/2020

Location: Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, 17 Treadeasy Ave, Batavia, NY 14020

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Leader - Celeste Morien (585) 721-8202 Celeste.morien@gmail.com

Location - Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, 17 Treadeasy Ave, Batavia, NY 14020

Meet at 9am at the Batavia WWTP main building to sign in. This is a different type of field trip - one with a purpose other than listing! Come help Celeste Morien set up the Purple Martin gourd-style houses on the rack at the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant. We will see what we can do about providing coffee and donuts and you provide the manpower. Please stay tuned for a finalized date and start time! Who knows - if time allows maybe we can organize a quick spin through the facility to check for migrant waterfowl.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica the third!

Date: 2/20/2021

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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.

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 and Edwards Plateau.

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 portion of the 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 !

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

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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: 3/11/2024

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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.