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Outings & Trips

 

 

The Montclair Bird Club conducts a full program of field excursions, including both trips with a designated leader and "meet-up" outings arranged to take advantage of seasonal happenings at local hotspots. All of our activities are open to all members, friends, and visitors. For further information, please make contact with the listed leader or write to Beni at MBCOutings@gmail.com.

All participants are required to read and abide by our

Field Trips Policy.  

For more information about any of our trips and outings, email mbcoutings@gmail.com.

 

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Join Fred Pfeifer each Wednesday morning at 8:00 for a walk around Garret Mountain Reservation or another nearby park to enjoy the avian treasures of the season. Text or call Fred at 973 809-7674 to register and to find out the meeting location.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

A birder’s meetup, in conjunction with Leaderless Walks

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is located at the northernmost tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey. We will walk the jetty and beach looking for wintering waterfowl such as brant, harlequin and long-tailed ducks, and common and king eiders, as well as the less common gulls, purple sandpipers, and ruddy turnstones. We will scan the water in search of grebes, loons, and, if we’re lucky, an alcid or two. Among the passerines, we’ll be on the lookout especially for Savannah sparrows and horned larks. Once we’ve gotten our fill of the jetty and beach, we can drive around the bay area to check some additional locations. 

Meet in the parking lot of the state park at 10:30 am. Dress warmly! Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, snacks, a warm drink, and a lunch.

 

Directions: Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 63 and proceed east on Route 72 for 7 miles. After crossing the bridge to Long Beach Island, make a left onto Long Beach Blvd. Follow this road for about 8 miles to the state park at the end. 

 

Contact mbcoutings@gmail.com for additional information. 

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Woodcock Watch

A birder's meetup

Attendance limited to 12 people. To register, email your contact information to MBCOutings@gmail.com

Every spring, male American woodcocks put on an amazing courtship display that we can witness here in New Jersey. At dawn and dusk, the males produce a loud peent call from the ground, then spring into the air, flying in a wide spiral with their wings twittering. Once they reach 200 or 250 feet, they zigzag back to the ground, chirping as they go.

Club member Deb DeSalvo has generously offered to host a meetup to view the woodcock dance at her farm in Oldwick, NJ. Woodcock courtship usually starts sometime between March 5 and 12. When the woodcocks begin to display, Deb will give us a heads-up and the meetup will be held in the next day or two. We will walk around Deb's property for  short time, birding as we go. At sunset, which is around 6:00 pm, we will walk to a wetland area where we are likely to hear and, with luck, see the bird

Meet at 5:00 pm on the date and at the address provided on registration. 

Week of March 5–12, at 5:00 pm (date to be announced)

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The North Shore

A birder's meetup, in conjunction with Leaderless Walks

In birding parlance, the North Shore is the New Jersey coast from Point Pleasant to Long Branch. In addition to beaches, inlets, and the ocean itself, a trip to the North Shore includes visits to the numerous freshwater ponds that dot the area. In March, we can expect to see grebes and loons, a variety of ducks, gannets, and geese. Rarer species may include white-winged gulls, great cormorant, and alcids.

Dress warmly! Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, snacks, a warm drink, and lunch.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Lily Lake/Old Sam’s Pond in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Directions: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98 (Route 34). Follow Route 34 South for about four miles until it merges with Route 35. Continue south on Route 35 about 3.7 miles through the center of Point Pleasant and Bay Head. After you pass a McDonalds (good rest stop opportunity), you will come to a traffic light on Ocean Avenue. Turn left and then take the first left to Lily Lake.

Monday, March 11, at 10:30 am (weather date March 12)

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Clarks Pond

Bloomfield

The March time change brings us welcome longer evenings just as the earliest passerine migrants are beginning to arrive. We’ll take a leisurely (and possibly muddy) walk through Bloomfield’s best-known birding secret, the occasionally apostrophized Clarks Pond, in search of winter wrens, chipping sparrows, eastern phoebes, golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets, and Louisiana waterthrushes, along with wood ducks and a smattering of other waterfowl on the lake itself.

 

Meet at 5:30 pm in the parking lot at the end of Hobson Street in Bloomfield, off Broughton south of Watchung Avenue. Be prepared to walk a total distance of about a mile, and bring a snack, water, and a notebook and pencil. We will be finished before sunset, which is at 7:15 pm. 

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