Come bird watching with the Cape Cod Bird Club!

All are welcome to join our field trips. There is no fee and no registration, unless noted.

A call or e-mail to the leader is appreciated. Please check this site often for additional trips or other changes.

Always check the this site to find out the status of a walk before leaving your home to drive to the meeting point.  Last minute changes and emergencies might cause the unexpected cancellation of a bird walk.  In case of inclement weather, check with leader!   Rain cancels all trips. Contact leader if in doubt.

Stefanie Paventy is the current Trips Coordinator.  If you would like to volunteer to lead a walk please contact her at


Thursday, January 1st  12 PM – 4 PM
Ed Banks
Mid Cape to Lower Cape Hot Spots: ‘New Year Birds’

Meet in the Stop & Shop’s northwest parking lot at Patriot Square on Route 134 in South Dennis. Take exit 9A off Route 6, left at lights. Get your 2015 year list off to a great start! Click off your yard birds in the morning and join us at noon. Party hats optional!
Leader: Ed Banks; 508-769-6762 or

Sunday, January 4th  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Michael Dettrey
South Cape Beach in Mashpee: ‘Dead Neck March for Ducks’

We’ll walk the Dead Neck trail from the Town Beach parking lot to the jetty at the end of this beautiful barrier beach, approximately 2 miles round trip. We’ll check the beach and pond for wintering ducks, loons, grebes, wintering shorebirds and maybe a few land birds too.  Meet in the Town Beach parking lot. From the Mashpee Rotary take Great Neck Road South for approximately 2.5 miles and continue straight onto Great Oak Road. Turn left at the “All Beaches” sign. Drive to the end of the road and turn left to access the Town Beach parking area. Dress warm!
Leader: Michael Dettrey; 774-212-7080 or

Saturday, January 10th  8 AM – 12 PM
Philip Kyle
CC Waterfowl Census Ponds: ‘Deja Vu All over Again’

We’ll be visiting about 10 ponds in Falmouth including (3) viewing locations for Coonamesset Pond. Please RSVP for any weather alerts like rain/snow (PLAN B on Sunday). Meet commuter lot: ‘Hyannis Park and Ride’ right off Rte. 6, Exit 6 (behind Burger King) to carpool. For more info please call.
Leader: Phil Kyle; 508-495-0196 or email:

Sunday, January 11th  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM   PLEASE NOTE DAY CORRECTION
David Clapp
Hot Spots in Eastham: ‘Ducks, Ducks & More Ducks’

We will look for overwintering birds in the thickets and around the fresh water ponds not frozen to see dabbling & diving ducks. Then we’ll check for sea ducks along the bay and ocean shores. Meet at the Cape Cod National Sea Shore Visitors Center.
Leader: David Clapp; 508-896-7322 or

Monday, January 12th  8:00 AM – 1:00 PM   PLEASE NOTE DAY CORRECTION
Diane Silverstein
Wellfleet to Provincetown: ‘Ducks Wintering’

We’ll spend the morning checking the seas, bays and thickets from the Wellfleet Town Pier to the Provincetown Wharf.  We’ll be looking for wintering waterfowl, alcids and perhaps some visitors from the far north. Meet at the Wellfleet Town Pier.
Leader:  Diane Silverstein; 508-364-7050 or

Saturday, January 17th  7:30 AM – 10 AM
Stefanie Paventy
Barnstable: Winter Birding at Sandy Neck /Loop #1

We’ll make our way down the beach to scope for seabirds then make our way down Trail # 1 to observe what’s in the marsh. Take 6A to Sandy Neck Rd in Barnstable and follow road to meet at the far beach parking lot.
Leader: Stefanie Paventy; 508-968-5125 or

Sunday, January 25th  7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Stefanie Paventy
Corp. Beach in Dennis & Points East: ‘Wintering Birds’

We’ll look for sea ducks Harlequin or King Eider, loons, grebes, alcids, wintering gulls: Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, wintering & unusual land birds. We’ll continue east along the bay checking the various beaches. We might end up as far as First Encounter Beach and/or Fort Hill. Take Corporation Road off Route 6A in North Dennis & meet at Corporation Beach parking lot.
Leader: Stefanie Paventy; 508-968-5125 or

Monday, February 2nd  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Diane Silverstein
Hot Spots in Provincetown: ‘Winter Birding in P’town’

We’ll visit Macmillan Wharf and other local P’town birding hot spots. Meet at the Stop ‘n Shop northwest corner parking lot on Rt. 134 in Dennis (Patriot Square) to carpool. The lot is closest to Route 134. We’ll look to have lunch (Napi’s?) in P’town in between searching for wintering sea ducks, and more! Rain or snow cancels.
Leader:  Diane Silverstein; 508-364-7050 or

Saturday,  February 7th  8 AM  - 12 PM
Philip Kyle
Outer Cape: ‘Winter Wanderers’

We’ll be visiting LeCount Hollow Beach, Indian Neck, Wellfleet Harbor, First Encounter marsh/beach, Herring Pond, Great Pond, Coast Guard Beach and Town Cove Landing. Please RSVP for any weather alerts like rain/snow (PLAN B on Sunday). Meet at the Orlean’s MarketPlace on Rte 6A near ‘Staples’ to carpool. For more info please call.
Leader: Phil Kyle; 508-495-0196 or email:

Saturday, February 14th  8 AM – 4 PM
Stefanie Paventy
Hot Spots in Rhode Island: ‘Off Cape Birding’

Possible places to visit will include the East Providence Reservoir, Wachemocket Cove, Ninigret NWR, Trustom Pond NWR, Moonstone Beach, Sachuest NWR & Beavertail Point. We’ll be guided by open water during hard winter conditions. The focus of the trip will be waterfowl but we should see a great diversity of birds during the day. We’ll stop somewhere for lunch. Bad weather cancels. Please RSVP. Meet at the commuter parking lot by the Sagamore Bridge on Rte. 6, coffee in-hand.
Leader: Stefanie Paventy; 508-968-5125 or

Monday, February 16th  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Michael Dettrey
Falmouth: ‘Woods Hole Area Birding’

We’ll bird the shorelines of Falmouth and Woods Hole looking for waterfowl, gulls and whatever else turns up. Meet at the parking lot for the Shining Sea Bike Path on Locust Street in Falmouth (across the street from the intersection of Locust Street and Mill Road).
Leader: Michael Dettrey; 774-212-7080 or

Monday, February 23rd  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ed Banks
West Dennis Beach to HC Lands: ‘Winter Birds’

Meet inside the entrance to West Dennis Beach.  We’ll look for ducks, loons, Snow Buntings, Purple Sandpipers and more. We’ll then caravan over to Bell’s Neck Road in West Harwich and walk the conservation lands on the north side of Great Western Road.  Rain or snow cancels.
Leader: Ed Banks; 508-769-6762 or

Monday, March 9th  5:00 PM– 6:30 PM
Judith Davis
Crane WMA in Falmouth: ‘Birding with Kids’

Bring a kid and join us as we walk the fields in search of land birds settling in at dusk 5:30 PM. We will ‘look and listen’and maybe even play some tapes for the crepuscular: American Woodcocks, owls or even bats performing their unique courtship display /feeding techniques. Dress warm & bring a bright flashlight and/or binos. Meet at the Crane WMA parking lot all the way at the end of the dirt road entrance off of Route 151 between the ballfield and the old Nickelodeon Theater.
Leader: Judith Davis; 508-432-3780 or

Monday, March 16th  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Michael Dettrey
Dennis: ‘Crowes Pasture Birding’

We’ll look for early migrants and wintering birds settling in for the night (dusk /6:41 PM). We’ll walk the woodland trail, beach, and main dirt road. Directions: (Brewster /Dennis line) Route 6A + Airline Rd./School St. turn right at this intersection; take first right onto South St; go past the Quivett Cemetery to the dirt road & meet in the 1st parking lot on the right.
Leader: Michael Dettrey; 774-212-7080 or

Saturday, March 21st  8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Stefanie Paventy
Cape Cod Canal & Sandwich Marina: ‘Winter Waterfowl’

We’ll scope the water at the old Horizon Restaurant parking lot for eiders, loons, grebes, scoters and maybe a Harlequin Duck or King Eider.  Winter shorebirds are possible along the jetties.  From there we’ll head over to the Sandwich marina to see what else we can find.  Meet in the parking lot of the Old Horizon / Hemisphere Restaurant, end of Town Neck Road, Sandwich.
Leader: Stefanie Paventy; 508-968-5125 or

Sunday, March 29th  6:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Mark Faherty
North Truro: ‘Birds of the Evening!’

We will look for marsh birds and other birds settling down though dusk at ~7:04 PM. We will have nice views of the sunset over Provincetown before the woodcocks display. Dress accordantly. Meet at just off Rte. 6 & High Head Rd in North Truro and park along the roadside.
Leader: Mark Faherty; 774-288-9468 or


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