FIELD TRIPS

AUGUST


Kayak Hampton and Seabrook Marshes – Saturday August 27th 6:00 AM

Join Scott Heron as he leads a trip paddling through Hampton and Seabrook's estuary searching for a variety of bird life across tidal streams, mudflats, saltwater marshes and beach dunes. We'll be looking for species of herons, gulls, terns, shorebirds, raptors, swallows, and other avian and marine life as we ride the falling tide. Meet at Harborside Park along Route 1A in Seabrook at 6am. Sunrise is at 5:57am and low tide is at 6:32am. Be mindful of best practices for boating safety. A kayak is preferred and a canoe can be used as well, but may be more difficult to navigate. At times, we'll be travelling through very shallow water and mild currents. The trip is planned to take three hours. Contact Scott Heron for more information at smheron@gmail.com

This field trip will be limited to 15 participants. Click the link below to sign-up.

SEPTEMBER


Beginner Bird Walks (BBW)

NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter volunteer Dan Hubbard will lead three Beginning Bird Walks (BBW) this September. Although these walks are geared with the beginner birder in mind, birders of all levels of expertise are encouraged to participate and share their experiences. Children are gladly welcome with an adult. Participants should be fully vaccinated and are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

BBW Pickering Ponds – Wednesday September 7th, 8 am – 12 pm

One of the top 10 birding spots in New Hampshire, this walk will traverse the Rochester city park trails along the Cocheco River and around the former wastewater treatment settling ponds. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area at 8:00 AM. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road (opposite mailbox #452). Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants and vaccination is required. Click the link below to sign-up.


BBW: Strafford County Farm - Sunday September 11th, 8am – 12 pm

With diverse habitats for water birds, raptors and song birds, this walk will include the Don Black Trail and the hedgerows around the fields of the conserved property. The walk will last as long as participants choose, but not beyond noon. Meet at 8:00 across from the Stafford County Work Program at 266 County Farm Road; follow County Farm Road and take a left at the stop sign and then an immediate left to continue along behind the jail to the parking lot across from the entrance to the Stafford County Work Program. Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants and vaccination is required. Click the link below to sign-up.

BBW: Pickering Ponds - Sunday, September 18th , 8 am – 12 pm

An encore of the very popular Pickering Ponds walk on September 7th (see description above). Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area at 8:00 AM. Contact: Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-978-0218.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants and vaccination is required. Click the link below to sign-up.

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge – Sunday September 25th, 8 am

Established in 1992, the Great Bay NWR is home of over 225 species of birds. Join trip leader Susan Wrisley for a two-mile loop through some of the refuge’s fields, forests, and beaver wetlands, including an overlook of Great Bay itself. Meet at the refuge parking area at 8:00 AM. Contact: Susan Wrisley at susan@wrisleyart.com.

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants and vaccination is required. Click the link below to sign-up.



OCTOBER

Bioblitz! Sponsored by the Seacoast Science Center Saturday, October 1, 6 am - 5 pm

The Bioblitz is comprised of scientists, field naturalists and backyard enthusiasts coming together to appreciate and learn about biodiversity and record data on as many different species as possible in one day at Odiorne State Park for the Seacoast Science Center. There will be guided programs around the park covering many different topics, including birds. Birding-specific events are scheduled for 6 AM and 7AM. For more information and to register, refer to the Seacoast Science Center website: https://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/events/bioblitz/

Birch St Community Gardens - Sunday, October 2nd, 7:30-10:30 am

Join us for a round-up of sparrows and other fall migrants at the Community Gardens off Clinton Street in Concord. Fourteen species of sparrows have been seen here, more than any single location in the state, including both Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrows. Dickcissel, Blue Grosbeak, and Sedge Wren have also made appearances here. Meet at 7:30 at Birch Street (the road is now signed!). Contact: Zeke Cornell at zekecornell@gmail.com

This field trip will be limited to 20 participants and vaccination is required. As the event nears, re-vist this site to sign-up.

Coastal Migration - Saturday, October 8th 8:15 am

The trip begins with a fall migration walk around Odiorne Point State Park and then continues south, birding along the New Hampshire coast looking for the expected fall migrants and perhaps even a rarity or two. Meet at the Odiorne Point parking lot at 8:15 (the park opens at 8:00). A small entrance fee for the park is required. Contact: Steve Mirick, 978-374-0654 or e-mail smirick@comcast.net

Registration is not required, but participants should be fully vaccinated.

Fall Pelagic - Monday, October 10 Dockside 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure Rye Harbor, NH—MV Granite State

In past years the October pelagic out of Rye harbor has ventured into MA, NH, and ME waters and has turned up interesting birds including four species of Shearwater (Great, Manx, Cory’s, and Sooty), 2 species of Phalarope (Red-necked and Red), Pomarine Jaeger, Northern Fulmar, Leach’s Storm- petrel and other species such as Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, and Dovekie. (But obviously as with any trip no bird species is guaranteed or should to be expected!). Veteran birder Steve Mirick will lead the all-day trip. The cost is $75 per person to cover fuel, boat time, and the cost of chum.

Registration is limited to 50 and participants should be fully vaccinated. As the event nears, re-vist this site to sign-up.

Late-season Migration at Pack Monadnock - Wednesday, October 19th, 10 am - 2 pm

Join Phil Brown, the Harris Center's Bird Conservation Director, for a half day of hawk watching at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory in Peterborough. We will hope for late season migration which, in mid-October, can include Golden Eagles and Northern Goshawks, large flocks of migrant Canada Geese, songbirds, and even scoters!

Learn hawk watching ID tips from the experts and learn about the different migration strategies and behaviors of up to 15 migratory raptor species. During a visit to the hawk watch, you'll experience NH's birding culture and immerse yourself in a long-standing community science project that is a partnership between the Harris Center and NH Audubon. https://harriscenter.org/conservation-research/pack-monadnock-raptor-observatory

Meet at the Observatory for the 10 am start time, and stay as long as you'd like. The Park usually closes by 4 pm in late October. Weather conditions may cancel.

State park reservations with Miller State Park and a small fee are required for visiting Pack Monadnock. For more information on park fees and reservations, as well as accessibility, visit https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/miller-state-park. For more information on this outing, contact Phil Brown at brown@harriscenter.org.

Registration is limited to 15 and participants should be fully vaccinated. As the event nears, re-vist this site to sign-up.

NOVEMBER

Maine Coast – Wednesday, November 2nd , 9 am

Join trip leaders Linda Maley and Ann Ablowich looking for seabirds, raptors, and late migrating songbirds along the southern Maine coast. Meet at the Perkins Cove parking lot at 9 AM. From Perkins Cove we will bird Marginal Way, Nubble Light and Seapoint Beach. Dress warmly in layers and bring water and lunch or snack. For more information, contact Linda Maley at lindajeanmaley@gmail.com

Registration is limited to 20 and participants should be fully vaccinated. As the event nears, re-vist this site to sign-up.


DECEMBER

Christmas Bird Counts

Across the country, Christmas Bird Counts take place annually between December 14 and January 5, and three of the counts are conducted in the Seacoast Chapter area. As the season approaches, visit the New Hampshire Audubon Christmas Bird Count site for specific dates and more information https://nhbirdrecords.org/new-hampshire-christmas-bird-count/ and contact the compilers if you are interested in participating:

NH Coastal: Len Medlock (lmedlock@comcast.net)

Lee-Durham: Kurk Dorsey (kurk.dorsey@unh.edu)

Isles of Shoals: Ben Griffith (bgriffith@gmail.com)

JANUARY

Birds of the Winter Coast – Saturday January 14th, 9:00 am

Join veteran birder and former ornithology instructor Rich Aaronian to look for the birds that make the New Hampshire coast their home during the winter. The trip will start at Hampton Beach State Park and proceed up the coast as we look for loons, scoters, mergansers, grebes, shorebirds, and perhaps other specialties such as “white-winged gulls”, Horned Larks, and Snow Buntings. Dress warmly in layers and bring water and lunch or snack. Contact Rich Aaronian for more information at raaronian@exeter.edu

Registration is limited to 20 and participants should be fully vaccinated. As the event nears, re-vist this site to sign-up.