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The Hartford Audubon Society

P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut


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Field Trips:

Field Trips are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  Beginners are welcome. 

Overnight trips: For any overnight trips, the leader must be contacted two weeks prior.

Weekday walks: Please check the website and HASnotes for field trip announcements.

Note: Please inform the leaders if you plan to join the group. Pouring rain generally cancels a trip, but it may not be raining at the trip site, so call. 

Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel expenses and accommodations, when applicable.

Please check the website for any changes to field trip dates due to weather or other circumstances.

Members and non-members can email us at: 
hartfordaudubon@ yahoo.com for further information or assistance.  You may also contact the trip leader listed for a particular trip via email or phone.

The Hartford Audubon Society Board would like to encourage its members and guests to take seriously the goals of this organization to promote conservation of our natural resources and car pool whenever possible.    

HAS Places Map
The link below will bring you to a map of trip meeting points and meeting locations for HAS.  It includes the general locations for our monthly meetings (St. James Church Hall, Wood Library, or Northwest Park), the Wildlife Series (McAuley Residence Auditorium) the Sanctuaries and the approximate boundaries of the Sanctuaries and all of our scheduled field trips.


Sunday - September 16, 2018 – 9 am
Sunday - September 23, 2018 – 9 am
Hawk Watch at Booth Hill

Leader: Paul Carrier -
860‑689‑6590 / carriergraphics@sbcglobal.net
View Broad‑winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day. Call Paul for directions to Booth Hill on Route 20 in West Hartland.

Saturday - September 15, 2018 – 8 am
Great Pond State Forest

 Leader: Jon Ward -
860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com
Great Pond is the biggest part of a beautiful state forest. This is an easy morning trip to have fun with people and see birds. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd in Massocoe State Forest in Simsbury.
Saturday - September 22, 2018 – 7:15 am
 Glastonbury Meadows
  Bill Asteriades
- 860‑659‑1912 /
  Andrew Dasinger -
860‑652‑5925 / amdasinger@gmail.com
 The first of two fall morning walks through one of the premier birding locations in Hartford County. Contact Bill for reservation and directions.
September 22, 2018  - Saturday - 1 pm (2 days)
Gulf of Maine Pelagic
Leader: Tom Robben
Search for Skuas on a 24‑hour round trip from Portland, ME to Yarmouth, NS across the Gulf of Maine aboard a ferry. You must register with Tom at robben99@gmail.com. Passport required. Details at trips33.blogspot.com

 Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 8 am
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #1
Leader: Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com       
 The first of four morning walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon's oldest sanctuary. This premiere northern CT birding site tends to be very wet. Wear boots.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor. 
Sunday, September 30, 2018  – 7:15 am
 Stellwagen Bank Pelagic, MA

Leaders: Tom Robben
Sail a one‑day, six‑hour trip in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank, located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. Please register with Tom at robben99@gmail.com. Meet at the dock in Gloucester. Details at trips33.blogspot.com

 Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 7:15 am
Glastonbury Meadows
Bill Asteriades - 860‑659‑1912 / bill.asteriades@gmail.com
  Andrew Dasinger -
860‑652‑5925 / amdasinger@gmail.com
 The second of two fall morning walks through one of the premier birding locations in Hartford County. Contact Bill for reservation and directions.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 1 pm - 2 days
Gulf of Maine Pelagic, ME
 Leader: Tom Robben
This is a possible Skua search trip, in case we do not get good looks on our primary Skua GOM pelagic trip on Sep 22. See first trip for all other details that still apply for this trip. Contact Tom Robben at robben99@gmail.com if you may be interested in this trip.

 Saturday, October 13, 2018– 8 am

 Greenstone Hollow         

 Leaders: Chris / Diane Fisher
860‑658‑2903 /
 This Hartford Audubon sanctuary has shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.  Enjoy the fall colors and look for fall migrants in the many habitats found at this beautiful and compact nature preserve. The main entrance is at the guardrail end on Ridge Blvd in E Granby.
Sunday, October 14, 2018– All Day
"Big Sit” at Station 43    

 Coordinator: Brian Kleiman
860‑655‑7464 /
 A day of fun at Station 43 where we count all species we see and hear from a 17‑foot circle located at the HAS platform on the southwest end of the marsh.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.
 November 10-11, 2018 – 2 Days
 Delmarva Peninsula, DE MD VA

Leader:  Peter Stephan
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com
Visit Bombay Hook, Chincoteague, Blackwater, Ocean City, Elliot’s Pond, Indian River Inlet and possibly Prime Hook.  Site info is on the Places map. Call Peter for arrangements.

 Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 8 am
Hammonasset State Park
Leader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 /cell - Cell -860-993-4553 pdlqlt@mac.com
 Hammonasset Beach State Park is the state’s premier birding location. Look for Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and other winter birds. Eat lunch at Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale.


Sunday, December 16, 2018-  All Day - Christmas Bird Count
Chairs:   Steve Davis:
860‑242‑2135 /  stevesuedavis@comcast.net
                Jay Kaplan:
860‑693‑0157 /


South Windsor

Paul Desjardins

Inland S Windsor

Patrice Favreau


Andrew Dasinger


Maggie Perretto

Rocky Hill

Steve Kotchko


Jay Kaplan


Sylvia Halkin



West Hartford

Brian Toal


Doug Beach


Gil Kleiner

East Hartford

Blair Wlochowski


Saturday, January 5, 2019 – 9 am
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #2
Leader: J
on Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com        
This trip may be a cold one, but do not let that discourage you from coming. Some of the best birds may show up in the winter. Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.

January 19-20, 2019 – 2 Days
Cape Ann and Newburyport, MA
Leader: Fran D'Amico
203‑237‑2734 / frandamico525@yahoo.com
Come with us to view seabirds that come south to New England in the winter. Irruptions can also bring unusual birds, such as snowy owls, to this area.  Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details.



Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 2 Days
Cape Cod, MA
Leader: Peter Stephan  
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com

This trip represents New England late winter birding at its finest. Call Peter for reservations and details.
We should see Scoters, and Gannets.

Sunday, February 10, 2018 – 8 am
Hartford County Boat Launch Tour
Leader: Paul Cianfaglione
860‑836‑3443 / pgcianfaglione@gmail.com

Join Paul for a tour of eight boat launch areas, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope. Meet at the Donald Barnes Boat Launch on South River St in Enfield.


MARCH 2019


Saturday, March 2, 2019 -  8 am
Station 43  Beginners Bird Walk #3
Leader: Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com  
The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level may be high on this morning walk. Wear boots.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 -  7 pm

Woodcocks at Nod Brook
Leader: Brian Toal
860‑677‑7156 / briantoal@sbcglobal.net         
View the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip.  Meet at the back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park, 82 Hopmeadow St (Route 10) in Simsbury, 1.4 miles north of Route 44.

Sunday, March 24, 2018 – 8 am

Western Connecticut Shoreline

Leader: Maggie Peretto

Take a morning tour from Sherwood Island to New Haven looking for late wintering birds and early spring migrants. Meet in parking lot at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

Saturday, March 30, 2018 – 8:30 am
Sachuest Point, RI

Leader: Paul Desjardins
860‑623‑3696 / paul.desjardins2@gmail.com
Visit the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and other Rhode Island locations on this all day trip. View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds that are harder to see in CT. Bring lunch. Meet at the refuge Visitor Center parking lot in Middletown, RI.

APRIL 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 8 am

Great Pond State Forest
Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com
Great Pond is a beautiful state forest. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving, on this morning walk. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd in Simsbury.

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 8 am

Greenstone Hollow
Leaders: Chris and Diane Fisher
860‑658‑2903 / chrisf001@aol.com

Search for residents and the migrants and breeders of early spring in the many habitats of this beautiful and compact preserve. This Hartford Audubon sanctuary has shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.  The main entrance is at the guardrail end on Ridge Blvd in E Granby.

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 8 am
Laurel Marsh
Leaders: David Funke
The trail follows sections of the Hockanum River and butts up against the Manchester Landfill at times. Forest, meadow, wetlands and sections of Hop Brook will provide a diversity of bird species. Laurel Marsh Trail parking lot, Manchester.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:30 am

Audibles and Edibles   
Leaders: Kat Conte & Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 / pdlqlt@mac.com
Burnt Hill Park, 150 East St, Hebron First parking lot
Visit open fields, and a woodland trail with a slight incline. It can be wet on this 2‑mile loop. Nice mix of plants and birds

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 8 am
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #4
Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com        
Don’t miss this walk. After we get our 50 or more birds on this walk, we adjourn to Dunkin Donuts to tally the four walks. Wear boots.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor.

Annual Spring Census – April 27 – May 19, 2019
Chair: Jamie Meyers:


Brian Toal




Linda Clancy






Margaret Schuster


Jay Kaplan

East Hartford

Debi Wheeler




Jim Deschamps


Jim Moore


Bill Asteriades


John Weeks





New Britain



Roy Zartarian



Rocky Hill



Doug Beach


Jan Collins

South Windsor

 Paul Desjardins


Arthur Sikes

West Hartford



Steve Kotchko


Mike/Judy Whittlesey


MAY 2019


Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 7 am
Quarry Park
Leader: Larry Lunden
860‑232‑2416 / killdeer431@comcast.net

Enjoy a morning trip exploring Quarry Park and the Connecticut River floodplain in the Rocky Hill area. Wear sturdy shoes, and if the spring has been wet, bring waterproof boots. Meet at small dirt parking lot at the corner of Old Main St and Marshall Rd in Rocky Hill.
Approximate location: 270 Old Main St.


Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 7:30 am
Lower Greenwoods (Bone Yard)

Leader: Mickey Nordell
860‑212‑7014 /
Spend the morning on an easy morning walk looking for migrants on a nice property along the West Branch of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted.
Take Rte 44 to Rte 181 to first dirt road on right. Meet at the kiosk.


Saturday, May 5, 2019 – 7 am
Gay City
Leader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 /cell -
Cell -860-993-4553 pdlqlt@mac.com
Gay City State Park main entrance, Rte 85, Hebron, First parking lot on right
Look for migrants and other birds in a variety of habitats. Gay City has tall trees, wetland ponds and an interesting history.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 7:45 am

Tanager Hill

Leaders:  Doug Beach, John Weeks

 & Jon Ward (860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com)
West end of the Flower Bridge off Drake Hill Rd, Simsbury Tanager Hill and the adjacent Owen-Mortimer property provide over 100 acres of spectacular birding habitat on Talcott Mountain. This morning two-mile walk ascends over 200 feet

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 7 am

East Rock Park
Leader: Paul Desjardins
860‑623‑3696 / paul.desjardins2@gmail.com
This is one of the best spots to see migrating warblers as it is the first place birds see after crossing Long Island Sound. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot at 915 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:30 am
Hartman Park

eader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 /cell - Cell -860-993-4553 pdlqlt@mac.com
Fight bugs and walk hillside trails on this Lyme Land Conservation Trust park. 46 species including Cerulean, Prairie and Worm‑eating Warblers, Indigo Bunting, and cuckoos were seen on May 17, 2017. 57 Gungy Rd in Lyme. From intersection of Rtes 11 & 82, take Darling Rd to Gungy Rd and park on left after several miles.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 7 am

Mt Auburn and Plum Island, MA                   
Leader: Jon Ward
860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com               
The cemetery is a famous warbler hotspot and has beautiful park‑like grounds. Plum Island is one of the best year round birding locations on the east coast. Bring lunch. Enjoy dinner in Newburyport before leaving for home. Meet at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 7:30 am
Babcock Pond
Leaders: Alberta / Rob Mirer
860‑891‑8364 / twomirers@comcast.net

Travel a heavily wooded area in Colchester with a variety of habitats offering woods, fields, ponds and shrub land.   Meet at the boat launch parking lot, on the south side of Route 16, three miles west of Exit 18 off Route 2, just past Miles Standish Rd.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 7 am
Fisher Meadows
Leader: Brian Toal
860‑677‑7156 / briantoal@sbcglobal.net
Take it easy on this stroll around the pond that is suitable for all levels of birders. Habitats include fields, woodlands, shrub land and a large pond.
Meet in the Recreation Area’s parking lot off Old Farms Rd in Avon.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 7:30 am
Nepaug area
Leader: Jamie Meyers
860‑693‑4497 / sunnyctredbird@gmail.com

This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best. Meet at the commuter parking lot on Route 179 in Canton, just north of the intersection of Route 202 and Route 44.

Saturday, May 18 , 2019 – 2 Days

Catskills and Hudson Valley, NY                   
Leader: Peter Stephan
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com

Bird Saturday in the Cooperstown and Oneonta areas of Otsego County. On Sunday bird the marsh at Bashakill WMA and Doodletown Road in Bear Mountain State Park.  Call Peter for arrangements.

Tuesday, May 21 , 2019 - 7 am
Holcomb Farm
Leader: John Weeks
Holcomb Farm offers a variety of habitats unique in Granby: meadows, active farm fields, hedgerows, and both deciduous and pine forest. There is a moderate, but brief, climb. Wear boots.  113 Simsbury Rd, W Granby - Lower (south) parking lot.

JUNE 2019

Saturday, June 2, 2019 – 7:30 am

Station 43 Bird Walk

Leader: Paul Cianfaglione
860‑836‑3443 / pgcianfaglione@gmail.com
The trip focuses on finding wetland birds such as Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrows, Wood Ducks and more! Wear boots and insect repellant. Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor

June 8-9, 2019 – 2 Days
Summer Bird Count   
Coordinator: Jay Kaplan
860‑693‑0157 / jaybrd49@aol.com

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in the annual Summer Bird Count. We will count the type and number of Species we see on this 2‑day tally within our Christmas Count circle. Bird one day or both and help accumulate breeding bird data and track species trends for Connecticut.






















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