Friday, May 1, 2015

MAY MIGRATION PROGRAMS



Marvels of Migration 
Date: Sunday,  May 3
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport at the observation deck next to the Visitor's Information Center at Parking Lot #1
Fee: $15 each
Join us on either or both dates as we explore the various habitats at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during these longer, interpretative  programs. We'll focus on field marks, where these birds have been, to  where they are migrating and their behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.



Tuesday Morning At Hellcat
Date: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 6:30 am - 9:00 am
Fee: $15 each
Meeting Location: Meet Sue at the Hellcat Parking on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

We won't ever be far afield, and there will be lots of birds for us to see! These easy-paced walks are great for new birders or for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds on the Refuge. Loaner binoculars are available.

Baltimore Oriole - Phil Brown



Thursday Morning in West Newbury
Dates: Thursday, May 7
Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Pike's Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury

We'll be exploring Pike's Bridge Road and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pike's Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter. 

Orchard Oriole - Margo Goetschkes




Marvels of Migration 
Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport at the observation deck next to the Visitor's Information Center at Parking Lot #1
Fee: $15 
Join us on either or both dates as we explore the various habitats at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during these longer, interpretative  programs. We'll focus on field marks, where these birds have been, to  where they are migrating and their behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Great
          Crested Flycatcher - Margo Goetschkes



The Birds of Oak Hill Cemetery
Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am
Meeting Location: Just inside the Parker Street entrance
Fee: $15

Oak Hill Cemetery is one of the best birding spots in Newburyport for songbirds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as seasoned birders are welcome.  Loaner binoculars are available.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Nate Dubrow



Tuesday Mornings At Hellcat
Date: Tuesday, May 19
Time: 6:30 am - 9:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Meet Sue at the Hellcat Parking on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

We won't ever be far afield, and there will be lots of birds for us to see! These easy-paced walks are great for new birders or for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds on the Refuge. Loaner binoculars are available.

Indigo
          Bunting - Bob Stymeist




Thursday Morning in West Newbury
Dates: Thursday, May 21
Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Pike's Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury

We'll be exploring Pike's Bridge Road and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pike's Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter.


Blue-gray
          Gnatcatcher - Jeremiah Trimble


Birding West Newbury's Ash Street Swamp
Date: Monday, May 25
Time: 7:30 am -  9:00 am
Fee: $15

Meeting Location: At the corner of Main & Maple Streets in West Newbury Center ~ Maple Street is opposite the West Newbury Post Office.

Join us as we search for migrants at West Newbury's Ash Street Swamp.  We'll listen to birdsong as well as use our trained eyes.  Participants should have good hearing ability and be able to walk on unpaved terrain.  The pace will be slow. Waterproof shoes are suggested. Participants should be prepared with a beverage, a long sleeved shirt, long pants, sunscreen and bug repellent. 

Prairie Warbler -
        Jeremiah Trimble



Birding Byfield's Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area
Date: Sunday, May 31
Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Meeting Location: First parking area by the buildings
Fee: $15

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and the Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts. We will walk least 2.5 miles on fairly level, gravel roads, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

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