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Subscribers to ArlingtonBirds should look for updates on the listserv. Non-subscribers can find information in the archives. Beginners are welcome on all trips; please participate!

Sunday, April 6

Arlington Reservoir - Ducks and Early Migrants

The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating ducks. Join us for a walk around the Reservoir where we should find a good variety of waterfowl and perhaps some early migrants. Well make a circuit around the reservoir and check out the edges of the Busa Farm fields to see what we can find. Meet at the playground off of South Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 8:00-10:00AM Karsten Hartel.

 

Tuesday, April 8

Woodcocks at Dunback Meadow

We will show up at sunset to watch the mating flight of the American Woodcock.  Bring a flashlight and dress warmly. Meet at the Allen St entrance. 7:15-8:00PM Mark Rosenstein.


Saturday, April 12
Horn Pond Early Spring Migrants
We should be able to find several species of swallows, plus phoebes, towhees, and maybe a couple species of warbler. Or, let's find a surprise. Come on, beginners, this is the time to get out before it gets too hectic! Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 7:30AM. Marj Rines


Sunday, April 13
Beaver Brook North
We'll explore the fields, marshes, and woods of this large reservation in Waltham, Belmont and Lexington looking for migrants and early breeders. Meeting Place: TBA. 7:30-10:30 AM. Jason Forbes


Thursday, April 17
Early Migrants at Long Pond, Middlesex Fells
We'll take a short, slightly hilly hike through the Fells to Long Pond, where we'll expect to find early migrants such as Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, etc. Rain date Friday, April 18. Meet at the Long Pond parking lot on South Border Road (near the intersection with Highland Avenue in Winchester). 7:30-9:30AM. Renee LaFontaine

Saturday, April 19
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
The early migrants, such as Pine and Palm Warblers, will be our target, but we'll be on the lookout for owls, woodpeckers, kinglets and thrushes. Meeting place: Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadows in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street. 7:30 AM 9:30 AM Bobbie Hodson

Saturday, April 26
First Warblers at Sandy Beach
It's finally spring, and Sandy Beach is a great place to find those early migrants. Among other possibilities, Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are almost guaranteed. Meet at the Sandy Beach (now the Charles Shannon Memorial Beach) parking lot on Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester. 7:30-9:00AM. Renee LaFontaine

Sunday, April 27
Whipple Hill and Locke Farm
Whipple Hill conservation area in Lexington and Winchester offers dry woods habitat as well as lowland swamp within its 130-odd acres. Well see what spring has to offer in the woods around Whipple Hill (at 374 feet, the highest point in Lexington) and in the lowland area around Locke Pond. Beyond the pond is a trail that extends to the Arlington border. Interspersed with the oak/maple/hickory forest along this trail are rocky outcrops, streams and pine forest. At the end of the walk, well stop at the adjoining Wright Locke Farm, an 18th century historic farm where there will be chickens. Meet in the parking lot across from the fire station at Mullen playground, off of Lockeland Road in Winchester. 8:00-10:30AM Andrea Golden .

 

Tuesday, April 29

Menotomy Rocks Park

Look for spring migrants at this park in the middle of Arlington.  The path is steep in places as we climb the rocky hill to be eye-level to some of the treetops.  Meet at the Jason St. entrance. 7:00-9:00AM Mark Rosenstein

 

Wednesday, April 30
Arlington Reservoir
The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating birds. This is a great time to look for the first orioles, or more exotic arrivals like Yellow-throated Warbler(!). Well check the field at Busa Farm, and the Reservoir itself for waterfowl. Meet at the Rindge Park playground, 22 Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 7:00-8:30AM Chris Floyd

Saturday, May 3

Carlisle Foss Farm

Well look for early migrants such as sparrows, swallows, raptors and the first of the warblers in the community gardens and farm fields, including the old piggery that is now part of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at Foss Farm parking lot, just west of the bridge over the Concord River on route 225. 7:00-10:00AM Alan Ankers.


Sunday, May 4
Arlington Reservoir - Ducks and Migrants
The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating ducks. Join us for a walk around the Reservoir where we should find a good variety of waterfowl and some migrating warblers. Well make a circuit around the reservoir and check out the edges of the Busa Farm fields to see what we can find. Meet at the playground off of South Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 8:00-10:00AM Karsten Hartel

Wednesday, May 7
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
This could be the height of migration through this area, with our targets being the warblers, vireos, and swallows. There are always some interesting residential birds here. Meeting place: Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadows in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street. 8:00 AM 10:00 AM

Bobbie Hodson

Saturday, May 10
Thoreau's Path at Brister's Hill, Concord
Did you know that May 10 is World Migratory Bird Day? We will look for early migrating warblers and woodland birds. Along the paths are stones engraved with quotations by Thoreau and others, and some wildflowers will be popping up along the way. This is a short easy walk on mostly flat ground. Meet at the parking lot for 10 cars (no charge) near the entrance of the Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street. 8:00-9:30AM  Carol Thrope

Sunday, May 11

Spring Migration at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and Watertown is one of the best local spots to view spring migration. Park in the cemetery and meet at the kiosk by the main entrance gate. 7:00-10:00AM Brooke Stevens

Saturday, May 17
Spring Migration in the Middlesex Fells
In mid-May, many warblers and other migrants stop over in the Middlesex Fells. In addition to the warblers, well look for arriving breeders such as Great Crested Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting and Brown Thrasher. Meet on Playstead Road where it meets Winthrop Street in Medford. Please park on the west side in front of the cemetery. 7:00-10:00AM. Paul Devaney
 

Sunday, May 18
Danehy
Park, Cambridge

Weve done it in the fall, now join us for some spring Urban Birding at Cambridges Danehy Park. A small marsh, grasses, and open fields often attract unexpected birds in this setting. Meet at the parking lot at 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge. Sherman Street meets Garden Street and Huron Avenue at the Fire Station intersection. Drive down through the lights at Walden Street and look for a parking lot on the left after the playing field. 7:30-9:30AM. Cancelled if raining. Karsten Hartel.


Saturday, May 24
Prospect Hill Park, Waltham
We'll check several different spots in the park for late migrants and breeding specialties. Note that although we will probably drive to the top of the hill, we may cover some steep trails. Meet at the base of the hill at the main entrance on Totten Pond Rd. 7:00-10:00 AM.
Jason Forbes.
 

Monday, May 26
Breeders and Migrants: Middlesex Fells
In late May the breeders have settled into the Middlesex Fells. Well look for Great Crested Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Brown Thrashers and a variety of others. This is also the time of year to catch some late migrant species such as flycatchers. Meet on Playstead Road where it meets Winthrop Street in Medford. Please park on the west side in front of the cemetery. 7:00-9:30 AM. Lorraine Kaplan  and Renee LaFontaine

Saturday May 31
Lyman and Paine Estates, Waltham
(Details to follow)
Roger Wrubel

Sunday, June 1
Great Meadows NWR, Concord
We'll look for rails and other marsh birds and hopefully have a few surprises as well. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club. Meeting place: Refuge parking lot on Monsen Road (off Rt. 62). 6:30-9:00 AM Jason Forbes.

Saturday, June 7
Breeding Birds at Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach (Charles Shannon Beach), a small DCR park at the northern end of the Mystic Lakes in Winchester, attracts a large variety of breeding birds. It is the best local place to see Orchard Orioles. Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, Pine Warblers, and Chipping Sparrows are among the species that nest here every year. Meet in the large parking lot on Mystic Valley Pkwy.  7:30-8:30 AM Renee LaFontaine

See events from other organizations:
Friends of Arlington Great Meadows
Friends of the Middlesex Fells
Friends of Fresh Pond
Friends of Alewife Reservation
Brookline Bird Club