Steering Committee


Trip Schedule

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Saturday, April 20
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. 7:30-9:30 AM. Marj Rines

Sunday, April 21
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. 7:30-9:00 AM. Renee LaFontaine

Saturday, April 27
Charlestown and Jamestown, RI
For this full day trip, we will bird local hotspots such as Trustom Pond NWR, Card痴 Pond Rd, Beavertail State Park, and other locales based on time and which birds are around; our destinations will be dictated by the bird activity. A scope is recommended if you have one. Bringing a packed lunch is recommended as this trip will run beyond noon and not have a set end time; we値l keep birding as long as we find birds! Due to parking restrictions at certain areas we are visiting, carpooling will be necessary to ensure all cars will have room. If you壇 like to find a carpool to the meeting location, we can try to help you find one! Note - If you are unable to meet at the park 'n ride, please coordinate with the leader. Due to the nature of this trip, the birding locations will be decided the morning of based on bird activity and recent sightings which often makes for an incredibly productive trip. Meeting location: Tower Hill Park 創 Ride, at intersection of Bridgetown and Mooresfield Rd, South Kingston. Google Maps directions here 8:00 AM Dan Berard

Sunday, April 28
Whipple Hill and Locke Farm: Late risers' walk
This is a late morning 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値l 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値l 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. 10:00-12:00 PM Andrea Golden  and Stephen Kruse

Saturday, May 4
Foss Farm, Carlisle
We値l 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. 7:00-10:00 AM Alan Ankers

Saturday, May 4
Spring at Horn Pond
Horn Pond offers a variety of habitats with a great variety of both breeding birds and migrants. Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance to Horn Pond. 7:00-9:00 AM Marj Rines

Saturday, May 4 
Brooks Estate, Medford
Join us as we explore the Brooks Estate, a hidden urban oasis, for early spring migrants. The first week of May can be full of early avian "scouts" who seem to arrive before the larger groups of migrants. Co-sponsored by Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust. Following the walk, feel free to stay and help out with the Estate's spring spruce up. Meeting location: 255-277 Grove Street (Brooks Estate Path on Google Maps), meet at the metal green gate. Parking is limited, so please park on nearby side streets or refer to www.brooksestate.org for parking suggestions. Please do not park in adjacent Oak Grove Cemetery. 7:00-9:00 AM Audrey Stanwood and Renee LaFontaine

Sunday, May 5
Mt. Auburn Cemetery
This will be a fun, most likely bird-filled walk through Mt. Auburn Cemetery during spring migration. Along with many songbirds, it is possible to see quite a few waterbirds due to the several small ponds here. The early migrants will have already arrived, and hopefully some of the peak migration will have begun. Potentially we can see: Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo, Baltimore and possibly Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and of course many warbler species, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes, Turkeys, etc. Mt. Auburn in the spring is magic!! Meet at the entrance to the chapel 7:30-10:00 AM Correne George

Sunday, May 5
Middlesex Fells, Lawrence Woods, Medford
Join us as we explore the Lawrence Woods section of the Middlesex Fells in Medford, looking for migrating warblers, woodpeckers and raptors. We'll meet in Winchester at the intersection of Town Way & Winford Way. 8:00-10:30AM Paul Devaney

Wednesday May 8
Birding the Western Greenway
The Western Greenway consists of over 1200 acres of interconnected open space in Waltham, Lexington, and Belmont. There has been little documentation of migratory or breeding birds in many parts of the Greenway. We will choose a section in Lexington that most likely few Menotomy Birders know or bird. Amongst our target species we will be checking to see if Blue-winged Warbler returns to an area it has been seen in over the past several years. Meet at Cart Path Lane, off Walnut Street in Lexington. 6:00-8:30 AM Roger Wrubel  and Keith Ohmart

Sunday, May 19
Horn Pond, Woburn - Evening
Struggling to make our early morning walks? Looking for the other types of birdies on the golf course early morning? Having schedule conflicts? Then join us for an early evening walk at the Horn Pond Conservation Area in Woburn. Spring migration should be in full force and our local breeding birds will have arrived so this is a perfect time to bird.  Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 6:00-8:00 PM Paul Ippolito

Saturday, May 25
Dunback Meadow, Lexington
Join us as we explore Dunback Meadows in search of local breeding birds and some late migrant species. Meet at the Clark Middle School parking lot. 6:00-8:00 AM. Cliff Cook

Sunday, May 26
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord
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).  6:30-8:30 AM. Jason Forbes

Monday, May 27
Breeders and Migrants: Middlesex Fells
In late May the breeders have settled into the Middlesex Fells. We値l 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, June 8
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 Parkway. 7:30-8:30 AM Renee LaFontaine