Montclair Bird Club
Field Trips
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Members of Montclair High School's Friends of Rand Park club search for signs of bird life outside their school.  Montclair Bird Club's Evan Cutler and Sandy Sorkin led the students on an after-school walk through Rand Park, accompanied by faculty advisor Susan Eckert. 

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WHO WAS THAT MASKED BIRD?
A Virtual Field Trip
with a Zoom "tally" at 7:30 pm, October 21, 2021
 

GARRET MOUNTAIN RESERVATION

Wednesday morning walks, continuing through the fall

with Fred Pfeifer (email montclairbirdclub100@gmail.com to register)

Meet at 8:00 am in the boathouse parking lot

STATE LINE LOOKOUT, ALPINE, NJ

October 23, 2021

a leaderless meet-up outing

The State Line Hawk Watch is located on the highest point in the Palisades, 532 feet above sea level, just half a mile south of the New Jersey–New York border. The hawk watch is staffed by volunteers. Even if the hawks are slow, the views should be great, and other birds will likely be around. Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. For travel directions and a map: https://www.njpalisades.org/stateline.html.

For information: https://www.njpalisades.org/hawkwatch.html. Please text your name to Beni, at 973 202-5579, if you are planning to come.

SANDY HOOK (GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA) 

November 13, 2021

a leaderless meet-up outing

Sandy Hook, in Monmouth County, is a 6-mile peninsula hutting into New York Harbor. It is the top eBird hotspot in Monmouth County, with a November list of 237 species. We can expect to see a good variety of birds ,including diving ducks, northern gannets, passerines, and, hopefully, some hawks. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in parking lot B (GPS address: 128 South Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ). Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch, and a drink. Dress warm. lease text your name to Beni, at 973 202-5579, if you are planning to come.

SHARK RIVER AND SHARK RIVER INLET, MONMOUTH COUNTY

Saturday, December 11, 2021

a leaderless meet-up outing

Shark River is a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area, a tidal bay with mudflats, salt marshes, and, open water. We can expect to see a variety of waterfowl. The jetties lining the nearby inlet can be excellent for seeing seabirds from land. Meet at 9:00 am. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch, and a drink. Dress warm. Please text your name to Beni, at 973 202-5579, if you are planning to come.

BARNEGAT LIGHT

January 4, 2022

with Rick Wright

 

Long the most reliable spot in New Jersey to find the charming harlequin duck, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is also home in many winters to the state’s largest flock of common eiders; scoters, long-tailed ducks, and loons can be common in the inlet or just offshore, sometimes joined by a razorbill, a king eider, or other less common species. Ruddy turnstones, dunlin, and purple sandpipers roost and feed on the rocks, while a search of the dunes often turns up an Ipswich sparrow or a flock of snow buntings. Meet in the State Park parking lot beneath the lighthouse at 9:30 am (directions here). Please dress for very cold weather, and bring a notebook and pencil, binoculars, and water and lunch or a snack; if you have a scope, you will probably find it helpful. Expect to finish about 2:00 pm.  

 

CAPE MAY

April 1–2, 2022

with Rick Wright

 

Farther south than Washington, D.C., Cape May sees the arrival of spring and its birds well before the rest of New Jersey. We can hope for an array of spring migrants from ruby-throated hummingbirds to yellow-throated warblers, but even if the season is late, there is always a great deal to see and to enjoy on the beaches and in the marshes and woodlands. We will devote Friday to sites south of the Cape May Canal; Saturday will find us starting the day in a more northerly locality such as Belleplain State Forest in Woodbine. Meet on April 1 in the Cape May Point State Park parking lot at 8:00 am  (directions here). Dress for the weather, which is likely to include a cold morning and evening and the chance of rain, and bring a notebook and pencil, binoculars, and water and food; if you have a scope, you will probably find it helpful. Expect to finish on April 2 in the early to mid-afternoon. 

 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

April 5–11, 2022

with Rick Wright

 

A perennial winner in the contest for Birdiest County in the US, San Diego offers the visiting birder an almost overwhelming mix of habitats, from tidal salt marsh and desert chaparral to boreal forest. Among the specialties and rarities to be sought here are the mountain quail, Allen hummingbird, Nuttall and white-headed woodpeckers, wrentit, and “the Californians”: the quail, the thrasher, the towhee, and the endangered gnatcatcher. April is prime time for a wide variety of more common and more widespread western migrants, too. Based in a single hotel, we will drive each day to a different combination of sites—none much more than 60 miles from the San Diego airport—as we get a taste of some of the most exciting birding on the continent. Minimum of 4, maximum of 7 registrants. Participants are responsible for their own airfare, lodging, and food. The non-refundable registration fee, covering vehicle rental and the volunteer leader’s expenses, is expected to be between $700 and $900, depending on number of participants. Register with Sandy Sorkin beginning December 10.

TEWKSBURY

May 7, 2022

with Deb DeSalvo

Join Deb DeSalvo on an exploration of her property in the heart of Tewksbury, NJ. This nature walk will take us through three distinct habitats: woodlands, wetlands, and farmland. We could see a good variety of butterflies, and birds may include woodpeckers, warblers, orioles, swallows, and bluebirds, and many other species. There are mowed paths throughout, but it may be muddy, and we will cross a small brook. Wear water shoes, or wear tall boots to keep your feet from getting wet. Bring a walking stick if you’d like. Meet at 8:30 am; finished by 10:30 am. Rain date May 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEVEN PRESIDENTS PARK

November 8, 2022

with Rick Wright

 

The open waters off this Monmouth County park are a well-known but relatively little-birded highway for southbound seabirds each autumn. On a good day, scoters, gannets, and gulls pour past in impressive numbers, some of them settling on the water’s edge for good views. There is very little vegetation in the park, but the scrub pines often harbor red-breasted nuthatches, hermit thrushes, or even red crossbills, and horned larks and snow buntings are possible in the dunes. Meet in the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park parking lot at 9:00 am (directions here). Dress for very cold, windy weather, and bring a notebook and pencil, binoculars, and water and a snack; if you have a scope, you will probably find it helpful. Expect to finish by noon.  

 

KEN BUCHANAN RIVERFRONT PARK

December 20, 2022

with Rick Wright

 

This wide spot in the Raritan River, just upstream from Raritan Bay, is a regular wintering area for great and double-crested cormorants, bald eagles, northern harriers, and the occasional short-eared owl. The great attraction for birds and for birders is the active landfill on the north shore of the river, which has recently made the park one of New Jersey’s most productive gull-watching sites; lesser black-backed, Iceland, and glaucous gulls are regular here, though the white-winged species are, as expected, scarce. We will watch from a picnic shelter on the edge of the water, protected from any precipitation. Meet in the Ken Buchanan Riverfront Park boat ramp parking lot at 9:30 am (directions here). Dress for very cold, windy weather, and bring a notebook and pencil, binoculars and water and a snack; if you have a scope, you will probably find it helpful. Expect to finish around noon.  

SOUTH AFRICA: WESTERN CAPE AND KRUGER

September 27 to October 14, 2022

with Rick Wright and Patrick Cardwell

 

We start in Cape Town and return from Johannesburg, in between visiting sites such as West Coast National Park, the Cape of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, and Kruger National Park. We will enjoy a vast range of birdlife, from penguins to rollers to cisticolas, along with many of the large mammals that South Africa is so famous for. With visits to Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment, and Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum, our trip also offers insight into the history and culture of this beautiful and diverse country.

 

Strictly limited to 12 participants plus the two leaders, this trip is open to LSNY members, members of the Montclair Bird Club, and clients of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. For more information and to register, please email or phone Erik Lindqvist at erik@ventbird.com or (800) 328-8368.   

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