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Upton State Forest

Saturday, May 25 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am
Upton SF 9 Southboro Rd
Upton, MA 01568 United States

We will hike the trails in search of late migrants and woodland breeders.

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Falmouth and Mashpee

Saturday, May 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Falmouth – Nickelodeon Cinema 742 Nathan Ellis Hwy
North Falmouth, MA 02556 United States

We will walk in fields and woods and on the beach as we seek our target birds, the state-listed Grasshopper Sparrow and Piping Plover. Co-sponsored by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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Plymouth Beach and vicinity

Sunday, May 26 @ 6:30 am - 11:00 am
Plymouth Beach 391 Ryder Way
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States

Participants should be prepared to walk 5 miles round trip on the beach (Note: The BBC does not drive vehicles on the beach to protect the endangered birds that nest there.) This trip will continue as the Plymouth Airport trip. Target endangered breeding species: Piping Plover, Roseate Tern.

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Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord

Sunday, May 26 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 am
Great Meadows – Concord Concord Unit, Entrance Rd
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Plymouth Airport for grassland sparrows

Sunday, May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Plymouth Airport 246 S Meadow Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States

With permission from the airport manager, we will be allowed to go inside the second fence line onto the airport, closed to the general public, in search of the grassland birds which nest at the airport. Note: This trip can be cancelled at any time, without notice, for homeland security reasons! Target endangered breeding species: Upland Sandpiper, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow.

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McLaughlin Woods Migrants, Boston.

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Boston – McLaughlin Woods McLaughlin Playground Path
Boston, MA 02120 United States

We will search for warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, tanagers and other colorful travelers at this urban migrant trap located in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. Expeted species include Bay-breasted, Cape May and Chestnut-sided warblers plus rarities seen here such as Gray-cheeked Thrush.

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Minute Man NHP, Concord.

Friday, May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Minute Man NHP – Brooks Village Brooks Village
Concord, MA United States

In the evening this area can be full of the sounds of singing Indigo Buntings, flycatchers, grosbeaks and several thrush species often including Veery. Common Nighthawks can sometimes be seen feeding over the boardwalk. Co-sponsored with Minute Man NHP.

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Mount Holyoke to the Quabbin

Saturday, June 1 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Skinner SP 99 Old Mountain Rd
Hadley, MA 01035 United States

Join us for a series of short hikes as we search for Cerulean Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and Alder Flycatcher. Time will also be taken to enjoy the flora and fauna along the way.

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Newburyport and Vicinity

Saturday, June 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newburyport Courthouse 188 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States

We will do a little walking but a lot of birding near our cars in search of migrants.

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Millis and Medfield Breeding Birds

Sunday, June 2 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 am
Millis – Paddock Lane 218 Causeway St
Millis, MA 02054 United States

Trying for 50 species again this year, we’ll be walking about a mile and a half, mostly staying on pavement. Boots are not required. Ticks should not be a problem. We’ll be looking and listening for swamp breeders, including Green Heron, Brown Creeper, Northern Waterthrush, and Blue Gray Gnatcatcher.. We may then stop at the Medfield State Hospital fields for grassland and successional breeding birds. We could also make additional stops in Medfield as time allows.

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Peregrine Falcons of Boston

Sunday, June 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Boston Public Garden – Charles St. Entrance Charles St.
Boston, MA 02108 United States

Join us on a BBC breeding bird conservation trip. This is an urban safari in search of the powerful Peregrine Falcons that make their home in the man-made “cliffs” of greater Boston. Contact leader 1 week prior to trip for meeting location. Target endangered breeding species: Peregrine Falcon.

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Allens Pond Mass Audubon Sanctuary, Dartmouth

Sunday, June 2 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Allen’s Pond 1280 Horseneck Rd
Westport, MA 02790 United States

This trip is for the marsh sparrows and white-eyed vireo. This is the best spot in Massachusetts to observe both nesting marsh sparrows (Saltmarsh and Seaside) up close and personal. Note: The time is approximate since the leader is completing his breeding bird survey route prior to this trip.

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Crane Beach Walk, Ipswich

Wednesday, June 5 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Crane Beach 331 Argilla Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938 United States

During this 2-mile walk in the sand we will look for nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Bank Swallows, as well as evening songsters such as Whip-poor-wills. Prepare for mosquitos.. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club.

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Crane Beach, Ipswich

Wednesday, June 5 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Crane Beach 331 Argilla Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938 United States

This two-mile walk in the sand is aimed at nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Bank Swallows as well as evening singers such as Whip-poor-wills. Be prepared for mosquitoes at sunset. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club.

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Great Meadows NWR, Concord

Thursday, June 6 @ 7:00 am - 1:30 pm
Great Meadows – Concord Concord Unit, Entrance Rd
Concord, MA 01742 United States

We will walk easy trails looking for birds and butterflies. Beginners welcome. We’ll move on from there to Nine-Acre Corner with possible extension to Drumlin Farm.

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Crane Pond, Newbury and Neighbors

Sunday, June 9 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will search for breeding marsh birds such as bittern and gallinule on this BBC conservation trip. We will also keep an eye out for interesting forest birds along the way. Waders may be helpful depending on water levels.

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Martin Burns WMA, West Newbury

Sunday, June 9 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Martin Burns WMA – Orchard St Orchard St
Newbury, MA 01922 United States

We will walk on fairly level gravel roads for 2.5 miles looking for breeding birds including Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and Prairie Warbler.

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Myles Standish Forest, Carver

Wednesday, June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Myles Standish Forest 181 Cranberry Rd
Carver, MA 02330 United States

A serene way to end the day with Prairie Warblers and Hermit Thrushes reluctantly giving way to Whip-poor-wills and, perhaps, Northern Saw-whet Owls. Target endangered breeding species: Whip-poor-will.

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Mt. Greylock

Saturday, June 15 @ 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mount Greylock Visitors Center 30 Rockwell Road
Lanesborough, MA 01237 United States

This will be an exciting trip with the occasional surprise. Mourning Warbler has always been a specialty of this trip. Enjoy the warblers and other neotropical migrants we observed during spring migration. Co-sponsored by the South Shore Bird Club. This trip will end around 3pm, then reconvene for dinner and an evening trip to Post Farm Marsh, Lenox. Target special concern breeding species: Pied-billed Grebe, Common Gallinule, Blackpoll Warbler, Mourning Warbler.

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Wachusett Reservoir

Saturday, June 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wachusett Reservoir – Chase Hill Road 1 Chase Hill Road
Sterling, MA 01564 United States

Join us on a BBC breeding bird conservation trip. We will search for nesting Common Loons and Bald Eagles. These birds are familiar winter visitors to our state but they are harder to find during the warmer months when the Common Loon is in its finest plumage. If our searches for the endangered species are successful, there may also be time to look for interesting forest-dwelling species. Target endangered breeding species: Common Loon, Bald Eagle.

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October Mountain

Sunday, June 16 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
October Mountain – Lenox 380 New Lenox Rd
Lenox, MA 01240 United States

This trip has more diversity than the prior day’s as we begin along the Housatonic River WMA and make our way over October Mountain. Multiple habitats make this trip more diversified than the Greylock trip. Co-sponsored by the South Shore Bird Club. Target endangered breeding species: American Bittern, Mourning Warbler.

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Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Sunday, June 16 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Halibut Point State Park Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA 01966 United States

Beginners encouraged. A two-hour walk over easy to moderate trails in search of seasonal specialties. Boots advisable.

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Fruitlands Museum trails, Harvard

Saturday, June 22 @ 7:00 am
Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451 United States

Co-sponsored by Boxborough Birders and Brookline Bird Club. We will look for resident species including Indigo Bunting, Savannah Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Blue-headed Vireo, Wild Turkey, American Kestrel, and a variety of warblers. Expect to walk about two miles on trails through meadows and woods, with some steep sections. Prepare for ticks. We will bird at the meeting location for about 30 minutes so any latecomers can catch up.

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Fruitlands Museum, Harvard.

Saturday, June 22 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451 United States

Co-sponsored ith Boxborough Birders. We will look for resident species including Indigo Bunting, Savannah Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Blue-headed Vireo, Wild Turkey, American Kestrel, and a variety of warblers. Expect to walk about two miles on trails through meadows and woods, with some steep sections. Prepare for ticks. We will bird at the meeting location for about 30 minutes so any latecomers can catch up.

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Summer Solistice Saunter

Saturday, June 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the beginning of the summer season by birding favorite patches, locally and beyond

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Weekend Trip Claybrook Mountain Lodge, Highland Plantation, Maine

Sunday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 26
Claybrook Mountain Lodge Howard Hill Rd.
New Portland, ME 04961 United States

Birding at Claybrook Mountain Lodge is unique because it’s located at the northern edge of the eastern deciduous forest and the southern edge of the boreal forest. Add to this the habitat mix, the extensive grasslands and marshlands a few miles to the south, and it’s easy to understand why birders consider this area one of Maine’s best inland birding hotspots. This trip will concentrate on Maine’s boreal specialties including Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Gray Jay,…

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Pelagic Birding on the 7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester

Sunday, June 23 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gloucester Pelagic – Seven Seas 63 Rogers St
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

Board at 7 Seas wharf, 63 Rogers St., next to the Gloucester House Restaurant. Make your own reservation at www.7seaswhalewatch.com. Phone (978) 283-1776.

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22nd Annual Weekend Trip to the Rangeley Lakes Region

Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, June 30
Rangeley Lakes 2459 Main St
Rangeley, ME 04970 United States

This trip will concentrate on Maine’s boreal specialties including Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Bicknell’s Thrush. We will focus on biodiversity, taking time to enjoy the flora and fauna as well as seeking birds. Participants can expect to do some moderate hiking and optional canoeing. Limited participation. This trip can be combined with the Claybrook Mountain Lodge trip that precedes it for a full week of birding in…

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Ashby & Townsend

Saturday, June 29 @ 12:00 am
Ashby & Townsend 438 Main St.
Townsend, MA 01474 United States

We’ll explore a few spots for nesting warblers, other more northern specialties, and probably butterflies & dragonflies. Sites likely will include the northern slope of Mt. Watatic and Willard Brook State Forest.

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Four day trip to the Machias area in downeast Maine. $185 for BBC members, $205 for nonmembers. Details sent in response to inquiries. Limited to 15 participants.

Thursday, July 4 - Sunday, July 7

Join us as we charter a boat to Machias Seal Island to look for nesting Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, and Arctic Tern, and explore numerous locations in scenic Washington County for boreal species such as Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, crossbills, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and nesting warblers. We will also bird marshes for nesting Black Terns and Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrows and search for Upland Sandpipers and other birds in the area’s extensive blueberry barrens.Four day trip…

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