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P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut
06127-0207

 

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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.

Reminder: 
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.


SEPTEMBER 2017

Saturday - September 9, 2017 – 9 am
Wednesday - September 13, 2017 – 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.

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Saturday - September 16, 2017 – 9 am
Wednesday - September 20, 2017 – 9 am

Hawk Watch at Johnnycake Mountain
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 or email Paul for directions to Johnnycake Mountain
.

Wednesday - September 13, 2017 – 3 pm
Swallow Spectacular Paddle           
Leader: David Zomick   
860‑584‑2824 / dzsurtudo@gmail.com
Paddle the scenic marshes around Lord Cove on the Connecticut River to see thousands of swallows dive into the reeds to roost. Bring a meal and water.  Put in at Pilgrim Landing in Old Lyme. Contact David for trip requirements.

Saturday - September 16, 2017 – 7 am
Glastonbury Meadows    
Leaders:
Bill Asteriades
- 860‑659‑1912 / bill.asteriades@gmail.com
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.

Saturday - September 16, 2017 – 8 am
Great Pond State Forest
Leader:
Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com
Great Pond is a beautiful state forest. This is a trip to have fun with people and see birds. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd in Simsbury
.

Thursday, September 21, 5 pm

Enjoy the journey aboard the River Quest as we cruise to our destination to watch the spectacular swallow spectacle  and then back to the dock during twilight.  Please sign up by August 24th to guarantee your spot.  The cruise will go out to the general public after September 7th.  Cost is $40 pp.  For GPS directions, use address:  Eagle Landing Park, 14 Little Meadow Rd, Haddam, CT.  Phone:  860-662-0577  website: http://ctriverquest.com


Friday-Saturday, S
eptember 22-23 2017: Gulf of Maine Pelagic (2 days)
Leader: Tom Robben
Sail a 24‑hour round trip from Portland, ME to Yarmouth, NS across the Gulf of Maine on a new high‑speed ferry. You must register with Tom at
robben99@gmail.com. Passport required. Full details at trips33.blogspot.com.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 8 am
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #1
Leader: Jon Ward - 860‑416‑3958 / jward88787@aol.com       
The first of four 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. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 7 am
Glastonbury Meadows  

Leaders:

Bill Asteriades
- 860‑659‑1912 / bill.asteriades@gmail.com
Andrew Dasinger -
860‑652‑5925 / amdasinger@gmail.com
The second fall
morning walk through one of the premier birding locations in  Hartford County. Contact Bill for reservation and directions      

OCTOBER 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 8 am

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – All Day
"Big Sit” at Station 43    

Coordinator: Brian Kleiman
860‑655‑7464 / snaketat@cox.net  
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.
 

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 7:15 am

Stellwagen Bank Pelagic
Leader: Tom Robben

Meet at the dock in Gloucester, MA.  Sail a one‑day eight‑hour trip in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. Details at trips33.blogspot.com. Pre‑register with Tom. Contact Tom Robben at robben99@gmail.com if you may be interested in this trip


NOVEMBER 2017

November 11-12, 2017 – 2 Days
Long Island Tour, NY
Leader:  Peter Stephan
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com
Visit Jamaica Bay, Jones Beach, Lake Capri, Belmont Lake, Shinnecock Inlet, Montauk Point, and Shelter Island. Return on ferry.  Call Peter for arrangements.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 – 9 am
Fisher Meadows
Leader: Brian Kleinman
860‑655‑7464 / snaketat@cox.net                   
Fisher Meadows is a great place for wintering waterfowl. Moreover, quite often there is a wintering Hermit Thrush, as well as Juncos and White‑crowned Sparrows. 
Meet in the Recreation Area’s far parking lot on the left side of the pond next to the soccer fields off Old Farms Road, Avon.


DECEMBER 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 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. Meet at Middle Beach Parking Lot at Rotary.  Road to Meig's Pt is closed till January 2018 for construction - so we will walk to the point.



Sunday, December 17, 2017 -  All Day - Christmas Bird Count
Chairs:  
Steve Davis:
860‑242‑2135 /  stevesuedavis@comcast.net
Jay Kaplan:
860‑693‑0157 / jaybrd49@aol.com

South Windsor

Paul Desjardins

Inland S Windsor

open

Glastonbury

Andrew Dasinger

Manchester

Maggie Perretto

Wethersfield/
Rocky Hill

Steve Kotchko

Hartford

Jay Kaplan

Newington

Sylvia Halkin

Avon/Farmington

Jim Moore

West Hartford

Brian Toal

Bloomfield

Mark Shapiro

Windsor

Gil Kleiner

East Hartford

Blair Wlochowski


 

JANUARY 2018


Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 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.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 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.

 

FEBRUARY 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 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.

Sunday, February 3, 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.


Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 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 will be even higher. Wear boots.  Meet at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor
.
 


MARCH 2018

 

Saturday, March 17, 2018 -  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 25, 2018 – 8 am

Western Connecticut Shoreline
Leader: Maggie Peretto

 860-604-4903  wings.mp@gmail.com    

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

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 8 am
Stratford Hot Spots Tour
Leader: Patrick Comins
203‑405‑9115 / pcomins@audubon.org
A morning of birding on the Stratford coast depending on “where the bird action is” in what is one of the best birding towns in CT. Meet at Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Drive, Stratford.

Saturday, March 31, 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 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 8 am

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

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 14, 2018 – 8 am

Great Pond State Forest                               
Leader:
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 28, 2018 - 7:30 am
Audibles and Edibles   
Leaders: Kat Conte & Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 / pdlqlt@mac.com
This is an unusual morning trip to identify both birds and edible wild plants. The area has a pond, meadow, woods and a hill top with a lovely view. Please rsvp.
3006 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury. Coming from Glastonbury turn right at brown and white sign for Longo Farm Open Space.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 8 am
Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #4
Leader:
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 28 – May 20

Chair: Jamie Meyers:
860‑693‑4497/sunnyctredbird@gmail.com

Avon

Brian Toal

Barkhamsted

Open

Bloomfield

Linda Clancy

Bolton

open

Bristol

open

Burlington

Margaret Schuster

Canton

Jay Kaplan

East Hartford

Debi Wheeler

Ellington

Open

Enfield

Jim Deschamps

Farmington

Jim Moore

Glastonbury

Bill Asteriades

Granby

John Weeks

Hartford

Open

Manchester

open

New Britain

Open

Newington

Roy Zartarian

Portland

Open

Rocky Hill

Open

Simsbury

Open

Somers

Jan Collins

South Windsor

 Paul Desjardins

Suffield

Arthur Sikes

West Hartford

Open

Wethersfield

Steve Kotchko

Windsor

Mike/Judy Whittlesey


 

MAY 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 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 5, 2018 – 7:30 am
Lower Greenwoods (Bone Yard)

Leader: Mickey Nordell
860‑212‑7014 /
mnnrdl@yahoo.com
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.
 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 8 am
Airline Trail
Leader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 / pdlqlt@mac.com

Start with a mostly elevated but flat walk through the Lebanon section of the Airline Trail. Bring lunch. After lunch, those interested will drive to and bird the Raymond Marsh section of the Airline Trail.  From Columbia, go SE on Rte 87 to intersection of Latham Hill Rd and Doubleday Rd. Turn right onto Doubleday. Turn left on Chesbro and go a short way to parking lot on the right (before Tobacco St).

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:45 am
Tanager Hill
Leader: Doug Beach
860‑878‑1364 / beachgolfdesign@att.net         
Tanager Hill and the adjacent Owen‑Mortimer property provide over 100 acres of spectacular birding habitat on Talcott Mountain. This 2-mile walk ascends over 200 feet.  Meet at the west end of the Flower Bridge off Drake Hill Rd in Simsbury.

Note - this trip has been cancelled due to the rainy forecast:
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 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 12, 2018 - 8 am
Suffield WMA
L
eader: Paul Cianfaglione
860‑836‑3443 / pgcianfaglione@gmail.com
Join Paul searching for nesting grassland and shrubland birds.
Follow Babbs Rd off Rte 168 to Suffield WMA parking area on right before MA line.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:30 am
Hartman Park/Gungy Road
Leader: Ernie Harris
860‑603‑2655 / 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 17, 2018 – 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

Note - this trip has been cancelled due to the rainy forecast:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 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.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 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.

N
ote - this trip has been cancelled due to the rainy forecast:

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 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 26, 2018 – 3 Days

Watertown, NY                   
Leader: Peter Stephan
860‑729‑8374 / stephraf@aol.com

Visit Perch River Marsh, Cape Vincent, Fort Drum, Ferd’s Bog and Moose River Plains with stops along the way when Peter hears birds.  Call Peter for arrangements.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 8 am
Greenstone Hollow
Leader: Larry Lunden
860‑232‑2416 / killdeer431@comcast.net

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.



JUNE 2018

Sunday, June 3,  2018 - 7 am to 1 pm

Stellwagen Bank Pelagic

Leader: Tom Robben
Meet at the dock in Gloucester, MA. Joint trip with NECWA. Sail a one-day eight-hour trip in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. Details at trips33.blogspot.com. Pre-register with Tom. Contact Tom Robben at robben99@gmail.com if you may be interested in this trip.



June 9-10, 2018 – 2 Days

Summer Bird Count   
Coordinator: Jay Kaplan
860‑693‑0157 / jaybrd49@aol.com

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in COA’s 22nd 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.

 

2018 Summer Bird Count Summary Report Summary: 

  

The 2018 Summer Bird Count (SBC) was held June 9th and 10th, 2018 with temperatures reaching 80 degrees under partly sunny skies on Saturday and a mere 72 on Sunday under hazy sun and overcast conditions.  Observers totaled 40, the same number as in 2017.   Party hours increased 20 hours over last year to 135, although several key areas were lightly covered during the weekend.   This was apparent with regard to some of the more wooded and brushy tracts within our circle where numbers for some species seemed lower compared to previous years. 

 

Total species increased by seven from 2017, totaling 110.  A special nod goes to Glastonbury as observers in Area #4 totaled an impressive 93 species in that one area alone.  In spite of this increase, several birds are absent from this year’s totals.  Most noticeable among the missing are Great Horned and Eastern Screech Owl.  This is not all that surprising as there were no owling forays this year.  Only Barred Owls, often calling by day during their breeding season, were reported.  Another surprise absentee this year is Chestnut-sided warbler, a bird that can usually be found along the power line cuts.  Finally, Upland Sandpiper, although reported sporadically from Rentschler Field this year, could not be located during the Count Period.  I fear we may have seen the last of this species on our Hartford Summer Bird Count.   

 

Some of this year’s more interesting sightings included 5 Least Bitterns (including a group of 4 in Glastonbury; a Broad-winged Hawk, also in Glastonbury; pairs of Virginia Rail (South Windsor) and Sora (Glastonbury); 4 Peregrines and 4 Kestrels; both cuckoos in multiple areas; Alder Flycatcher and Blue-headed Vireo in South Windsor, Brown Thrasher in Bloomfield and a singing Yellow-rumped Warbler in East Hartford.   The former Hartford landfill site continues to impress as a grassland bird habitat with 40 Savannah and 5 Grasshopper Sparrows as well as singing Eastern Meadowlarks and Bobolinks.  A single female Purple Martin[JK1]  was also seen at this location to add to the small colony in Glastonbury. 

 

Ospreys and Bald Eagles continue to nest along the Connecticut River to the south of Hartford.  The Red-tailed Hawk nest high above Dunkin’ Donuts Park continues for a second year, rooting on the Yard Goats and impressing their fans or at least those who care to look up.

 

The Hartford SBC, has now completed its twenty-eighth year, providing valuable information on the status of breeding bird populations in the Hartford area.  In this, the first season of as three year state-wide atlasing project, the Summer Bird Count is sure to add valuable data to this worthy effort.  As compiler, I thank the area captains and the 40 participants who donated their time to provide this information in 2018.  Results of ours and the other Connecticut SBCs will be published in an upcoming edition of The Connecticut Warbler, quarterly journal of the Connecticut Ornithological Association.  A full accounting of those species found on the Hartford Count is available by e-mailing me at jaybrd49@aol.com

 

Jay Kaplan, Compiler

Hartford Summer Bird Count

 






 

 

         

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