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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!

Tuesday, March 31
Woodcock Walk - Alewife T station:  Evening
We will search the Northwest corner of Cambridge in hopes of seeing, or at least hearing, the American Woodcock's mating display, a traditional New England rite of spring.  Meet just outside the Russell Field Alewife exit (not the larger, busier Alewife exits near the buses).  With some luck, we will only be using paved and smooth, flat gravel paths.  Participants may want to bring a flashlight and mud/water resistant shoes in case we decide to venture across unpaved terrain. 7:00 PM Zack Weber

Saturday, April 4
Horn Pond, Woburn
Join us as we explore the varied habitats of the Horn Pond Conservation Area. The walk will focus on and around the main pond, accompanying lagoons and marsh areas in search of early migrants and local resident birds such as Great Horned Owl, Field Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, and Woodpeckers. Parts of the walk have uneven terrain; muddy areas are possible. Meeting place: Sturgis St. entrance to Horn Pond. 7:30-10:00AM Paul Ippolito

Sunday, April 5
Carlisle – Greenough Land
Visit one of Carlisle’s lesser-known Conservation Lands to look for lingering winter visitors or the earliest migrants. We may also check out a vernal pool for herps. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at the parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street. 7:30-10:00AM Alan Ankers

Tuesday, April 7
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. 7:15-9:00PM Mark Rosenstein

Saturday, April 11th
Dunback Meadow
Early migrants will be our target, particularly Pine and Palm Warblers, but there may also be Phoebes, several sparrows, both kinglets and thrushes. Meet at Allen Street entrance. 8:00-10:00AM Bobbie Hodson

Sunday, April 12
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. We’ll 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

Saturday, April 18
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 19
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: Parking lot on Metropolitan Parkway South (at the intersection of Trapelo Rd and Forest St in Waltham). 7:30-10:30 AM. Jason Forbes .

Saturday, April 25
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

Saturday, April 25
Alewife Reservation, Cambridge
Let's see what birds we can find in and around the Alewife Reservation.  We'll keep our eyes out for migrants as we explore this often-overlooked urban greenspace.  Meet at the Alewife Reservation parking lot off Acorn Drive. 7:00-9:00 A.M. Zack Weber

Sunday, April 26
Whipple Hill and Locke Farm: Late risers' walk
This is an afternoon walk. Besides birds, we may encounter some later-rising wildlife, including insects and pond life. Whipple Hill conservation area in Lexington and Winchester includes many habitats within its 130-odd acres. We’ll 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. Depending on interest, we’ll also stop at the adjoining 18th century Wright Locke Farm. Meet in the parking lot across from the fire station at Mullen playground, off of Lockeland Road in Winchester. 1:00-3:00PM Andrea Golden and Stephen Kruse

Tuesday, April 28
Horn Pond, Woburn
Early spring migrants such as Eastern Phoebes, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Towhees, Eastern Kingbirds, Great Crested Flycatchers and some Warblers should be around. Let's see what we can find! Meeting place: Sturgis St. entrance to Horn Pond.  7:15 AM - 9:00 AM Diana Fruguglietti

Thursday, April 30
Early Evening Walk at Horn Pond Mountain, Woburn
A slight change to a frequently birded location: We will meet in the parking lot on the south end of Horn Pond in Woburn. This street is called Lake Ave in Woburn and Pond St in Winchester, and the parking lot is near the pumping plant buildings and power station. The wooded area on the way to the mountain is good for passerines, and warblers. We will go up a trail on the flank of the mountain to find Field Sparrows, Eastern Towhees, and Brown Thrasher and return via the mountain road. 5:00 - 7:00 PM  Diana Fruguglietti

Wednesday, April 29
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(!). We’ll 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 2
Carlisle – Foss Farm
We’ll 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 3
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. We’ll 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 6

Dunback Meadow
We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of migrants and breeding birds: warblers, swallows, vireos, and many more. Meet at Allen Street entrance.8:00-10:00AM Bobbie Hodson

Saturday, May 9
Spring at Horn Pond
Horn Pond offers a variety of habitats with a great variety of both breeding birds and migrants. Meet at 7:00AM at the Sturgis Street entrance to Horn Pond. Marj Rines

Sunday, May 10

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

Sunday, 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, we’ll 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 17
Danehy Park, Cambridge
We’ve done it in the fall, now join us for some spring Urban Birding at Cambridge’s 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

Monday, May 25
Breeders and Migrants: Middlesex Fells
In late May the breeders have settled into the Middlesex Fells. We’ll 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

Sunday, May 31
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord. Morning.
We'll look for rails and other marsh birds and hopefully have a few surprises as well.  Meeting place: Refuge parking lot on Monsen Road  (off Rt. 62).  6:30 a.m. Waltham  (781) 894-6119  Jason Forbes

Sunday, 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

Sunday, August 30
Whipple Hill and Locke Farm
Whipple Hill conservation area in Lexington and Winchester includes many habitats within its 130-odd acres. We’ll see what late summer 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, we’ll 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. 8:00-10:00AM Andrea Golden

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