Field Trips

Field trips are free and open to the public.
Novice birders (and non-birders too!) are welcome. If you are planning to join us on a field trip, you should contact the leader. Typically there is contact information with the trip details on this page. Please call at a reasonable hour as most birders turn in early. Carpooling from the meeting place is good for the environment.. If your schedule allows you to join a carpool, consider offering the driver help with the cost of gas.

2014 – 2015 Field Trips

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, September 27
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
Fall migration is in full swing with warblers, vireos and sparrows heading south. This hike will take from 3 to 5 hours (or more), depending on trail length and weather conditions. It is highly recommended that participants bring their own water and insect repellent. Please contact Paul for details on specific times and locations.

Derby Hill / Southeastern Lake Ontario
Saturday, October 25
Gerry Smith 315-771-6902
Gerry will lead a trip to Derby Hill or the Southeastern Lake Ontario area. Depending on the wind conditions at Derby Hill, the trip will stay primarily at Derby (to look
for Jaegers and other migrants) or move on to other parts of southeastern Lake Ontario to look for late shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors. Please contact Gerry for more details.

Fair Haven Beach State Park
Saturday, November 22
Gene Huggins 315-696-8065
This is Gene’s traditional field trip to look for Purple Sandpipers. Please bring a lunch and dress very warmly. Migrating waterfowl, Red-throated Loon, Bald Eagle, Dunlin, and Snow Buntings are just some of the possible birds to be seen on this trip. In addition, there is always the possibility of a Snowy Owl. Easy walking. Please contact Gene for details and meeting place.

Point Peninsula and Jefferson County
Saturday, November 29
Gerry Smith 315-771-6902
Gerry will lead a trip to Point Peninsula and Jefferson County region to look for late passerine migrants including sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl. Please contact Gerry for
more details.

Winter Raptors
Saturday, January 17
Gerry Smith 315-771-6902
Gerry will lead a trip to Northwestern Jefferson County for winter hawks, open-country birds, and waterfowl. Snowy Owl is possible, with other northern species likely. The trip might be extended to look for Short-eared Owls. This trip will be primarily by car and is weather dependent. Please contact Gerry for more details.

Baldwinsville to Oswego
Saturday, January 24
Bill Purcell, 315-382-2871, wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Each winter, dams along the Seneca and Oswego Rivers attract wintering birds seeking open water. Join Bill on a trip to look for waterfowland gulls along rivers from
Baldwinsville to Oswego. Please contact Bill for more details

Earlier 2014 Field Trips

January 25 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 22 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
April 19 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 26 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 24 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
June 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 21 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 28 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 16 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 6 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 13 – Sylvan Beach – Bill Purcell

2013 Field Trips
January 19 – Oswego River and Harbor – Bill Purcell
February 16 – Beaver Lake Nature Center – Gene Huggins
February 24 – Southern Highlands – Bernie Carr
March 30 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 27 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 27 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 25 – Whisky Hollow – Joe Brin
June 1 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 29 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
July 20 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
September 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 21 – Sylvan Beach – Bill Purcell
September 28 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 26 – Derby Hill or Southeastern Lake Ontario Area – Gerry Smith
November 9 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County – Gerry Smith
November 23 – Fair Haven Beach State Park – Gene Huggins

2012 Field Trips
January 7 – Oswego River & harbor – Bill Purcell
February 11 – Northwestern Jefferson County – Gerry Smith
February 18 – Beaver Lake Nature Center – Gene Huggins
March 31- Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
April 28 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
May 26 – Whisky Hollow – Joe Brin
June 2 – Three River WMA – Joe Brin
June 9 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
August 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
August 11 – Green Lakes State Park – Gene Huggins
August 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
November 17 – Fair Haven – Gene Huggins

2011 Field Trips
Oswego River, February 19 led by Bill Purcell
Derby Hill and environs, March 26 led by Gerry Smith
Derby Hill again, April 23 led by Gerry Smith
Camillus Forest Unique Area, May 14 led by Paul Richardson
Whiskey Hollow and vicinity, May 28 led by Joe Brin
Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, June 4 led by Joe Brin
Green Lakes State Park, July 23 led by Catherine Miles
July 30 led by Paul Richardson
August 6 led by Gene Huggins
August 20 led by Jerry Case
August 27 led by Paul Richardson
Oneida Lake, September 4 led by Tony Shrimpton
Sylvan & Verona Beaches, September 17 led by Bill Purcell
Fair Haven Beach State Park November 19 led by Gene Huggins