FIELD TRIPS

Beginner Bird Walks (BBW)

All are welcome to join us on our field trips, which are free and open to the public. The walks will last as long as participants choose, but not beyond noon. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Field trips will only be canceled due to extremely bad weather. If you have a question about cancellations, contact the field trip leader Dan Hubbard at danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-332-4093. Carpooling is encouraged. For directions and information, click on Local Birding Resources above, then New Hampshire Hotspots and then the field trip site name under 20 top birding locations in NH.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, field trips will be limited to 20 and vaccination is required. Restrictions are listed at the sign up sites.

BBW: Pickering Ponds
Saturday, September 11, 8 am

This walk will traverse Rochester city park trails along the Cocheco River and around old wastewater treatment facility settling ponds. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road (opposite mailbox #374). Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054CA5A728A7FF2-beginner5.

BBW: Pickering Ponds
Wednesday, September 15, 8 am

This walk will traverse Rochester city park trails along the Cocheco River and around old wastewater treatment facility settling ponds. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road (opposite mailbox #374). Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054CA5A728A7FF2-beginner7.

BBW: Strafford County Farm
Sunday, September 19, 8 am

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. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054CA5A728A7FF2-beginner6.

Fall Pelagic

Monday, September 13, Dockside 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure

Rye Harbor, NH—MV Granite State


SIGNUPS ARE FULL

In past years the September 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), 3 species of Jaeger (Parasitic, Long-tailed, Pomarine), two species of Storm- petrel (Wilson’s and Leach’s), Northern Fulmar, the New Hampshire record of South Polar Skua, and other species such as Black Tern and Sabine’s Gull. (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.


Coastal Migration Saturday October 9th, 8 am

The trip begins with a fall migration walk around Odiorne Point State Park and then continues south, birding along the New Hampshire coast. Meet at the Odiorne Point parking lot. Contact: Steve Mirick, 978-374-0654 or e-mail smirick@comcast.net

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


Maine Coast – Wednesday, November 3rd, 8 am

Meet at Perkins Cove parking lot at 8 AM. Dress warmly in layers and bring water and lunch or snack. From Perkins Cove we will bird Marginal Way, Nubble Light and Seapoint Beach. Our trip leader is Linda Maley. Since Linda will be travelling prior to this trip, Sam Stoddard will be the contact for any questions. He may be reached at: sstoddard3@gmail.com

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


NH Audubon’s Coastal Sanctuaries – Sunday November 21st 8 am

Explore some of NH Audubon’s lesser-known sanctuaries. Join Phil Brown, NH Audubon’s Director of Land Management, for a half day tour of the Little River Marsh and Saltmarshes Wildlife sanctuaries along New Hampshire’s coast. As we get closer to the date, we will provide information about where to meet and other trip details.