NYSOA Spring Field Trip/Weekend

Some of the participants in the NYSOA spring Field Trip Weekend view birds from Haven Road.

Some of the participants in the NYSOA spring Field Trip Weekend view birds from Haven Road.

Saturday and a Sunday 3/29 and 3/30, Lance Verderame and I hosted the New York State Ornithological Societies Spring Field Trip. Saturday, Lance presented a “Power Point Program” on the Bashakill. The program consisted of the history of the Bashakill, regular breeding species, migration and rarities. The photos were a combination of shots that Matt Zeitler, Lance and myself have taken in recent years. Twenty Two participants enjoyed the great job Lance did. We followed it with a question and answer period and some nice open discussion. Later that evening most of the group met at “Danny’s Village Inn” in Wurtsboro for an excellent dinner and some real birding camaraderie. A great time was had by all. This morning, Lance and I led the field trip portion of the weekend. Heavy rain overnight abated and we had a decent morning walking the trails, spotting some nice birds. Highlights of the 35 species seen were Rusty Blackbird, Northern Pintail, Tree Swallows, Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks. The highlight of the morning was the re-appearance of the EASTERN SCREECH-OWL that had been on the Stone Fields Trail last week. We spent considerable time watching this very cooperative little bird. Many thanks to Kathy Schnieder for arranging the entire weekend and to all the participants who made it a special event. Also to Lance for his great presentation.

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4 Responses to NYSOA Spring Field Trip/Weekend

  1. Maura says:

    It was a great day. Thanks to you and Lance and NYSOA for organizing! Not only was the Screech Owl a treat, but watching a male bluebird feed a caterpillar to a female was a first for me!

  2. Truth Muller says:

    Thanks for finding that Rusty Blackbird, John! The trip already has my year list past 50!
    The Screech Owl was a great find!

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