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 stefpav09@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER

Sandy Neck – Barnstable – Note day and date change!

Peter Crosson, pcrosson@emeraldphysicians.com  or 508-280-1678 – Saturday, September 24, 7AM

We will start on the beach to scope for seabirds. Then we will make our way along Trail 1 to search for birds in the marsh. Highlights may include seabirds, waders, shorebirds, warblers and sparrows. Meet at the beach parking lot past the visitor’s shack.  There will be soft sand.

OCTOBER

Gardens…Not Just for Butterflies – Mid-Cape

Peter Bono, pbono@prba.com or 774-487-2848 – Saturday, October 8 at 7AM

Rise and shine with the birds at the Brewster, Dennis and Harwich Community Gardens.  These areas have had vagrants in past years, so why not check them out just in case.  Plus, we will have a variety of local birds that are pleasing to the eye.  Meet at the parking lot across from the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.  Email Peter (pbono@prba.com) to let him know you are coming.  Rain cancels; phone him (774-487-2848) after 6:30AM on the day of the walk if you are uncertain that the walk will be run.

 

 Fort Hill – Eastham

Ed Hoopes, ehoopes63@comcast.net or 508-737-7479 – Friday, October 14 at 10:30AM

Join us for a walk along the loop trail at Fort Hill in Eastham.  We will also watch the marsh during the incoming tide in hopes of those secretive sparrows being pushed up by the water.  High tide will be at 10:47AM.  If you would like to walk the marsh edge, please wear knee high waterproof boots.

 

Birding Truro

Ginie Page, vgpage@juno.com or 508-349-6810 – Thursday, October 20 at 8:30AM

Many people like birdingTruro, but some don’t know exactly where to go.  Join us while we run around town searching for a variety of birds from bay to ocean and the thickets in between.  We will meet and carpool from the Dunkin Donuts (2393 Route 6) parking lot in Wellfleet

 

Milling with Birds – Mid-Cape

Judith Davis, motherjude3@aol.com or 508-432-3780 (home)/508-221-2322 (cell) – Saturday, October 22 at 7AM

We will begin the morning at Corporation Beach looking for seabirds and gulls.  Then we’ll carpool over to Dennis Mill Pond, Scargo Lake, Stony Brook Mill, and Lower Mill Pond searching for dabbling ducks.  This is an easy morning of scoping for birds from the shore, so bring your scope if you have one.

 

NOVEMBER

Sandy Neck Beach – Barnstable

Peter Crosson, pcrosson@emeraldphysicians.com or 508-280-1678 – Sunday, November 6 at 8AM

We will start on the beach to scope for seabirds, and then make our way along the trail to search for birds in the marsh.  Highlights may include seabirds, passerines and raptors.  Meet at the beach parking lot passed the visitor’s shack.

 

Pond Hopping – Dennis

Stefanie Paventy, stefpav09@gmail.com or 203-415-1956 – Saturday, November 12 at 7AM

We will begin the morning at Corporation Beach looking for seabirds and gulls.  Then we’ll carpool over to Scargo Lake, Slough Pond and Walkers Pond searching for dabbling ducks.  This is an easy morning of scoping for birds from the shore, so bring your scope if you have one.  If not, don’t worry…Stef will let you use hers!

 

Crane Wildlife Management Area – Falmouth

Stefanie Paventy, stefpav09@gmail.com or 203-415-1956 – Friday, November 25 at 8AM

Work off those Thanksgiving pounds by joining us for walk through Crane!  Meet in the main parking lot on Route 151 in Falmouth (near the model airplane field).  We will walk around the newly restored grasslands in search of sparrows, thrushes, buntings and raptors.  We may even be lucky enough to glimpse a bobwhite!

 

DECEMBER

Winter Waterfowl Survey

Let’s count waterfowl together!  Please get in touch with Stefanie Paventy (stefpav09@gmail.com or 203-415-1956) to let her know you want to join a team.  This is typically the first full weekend of December.

 

Pier to Pier Sweep – Outer Cape

Ginie Page, vgpage@juno.com or 508-349-6810 – Thursday, December 8 at 9AM

From land to sea, the birds are everywhere!  On our journey across several stops from Wellfleet to Provincetown Piers we will look for wintering waterfowl as well as passerines sheltering in bushes.  Meet at the Wellfleet Town Pier to scope and then carpool.  Foul weather cancels.

 

Cumberland Farms – Halifax/Middleboro

Stefanie Paventy, stefpav09@gmail.com or 203-415-1956 – Friday, December 9 at 7AM

Let’s help your Plymouth County checklist!  Join us for a walk through Cumberland Farms for a variety of birds.  We will meet at the commuter parking lot on the mainland side of the Bourne Bridge (behind Krua Thai Restaurant and next to the canal rail road bridge).  Please wear boots for mucky conditions.  There are areas of the farm where you can sink to ankle deep.  Please dress in layers as the wind can be very cold.

 

Christmas Bird Counts

Don’t forget to find your local Christmas Bird Count! http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

 

JANUARY 2017

New Year’s Day w/Ed Banks – Mid-Cape

Ed Banks, 508-769-6762 or 68edbanks@gmail.com – Sunday, January 1, 2017 – Noon – 4PM

Meet in the Stop & Shop parking lot at Patriot Square on Route 134 in South Dennis.  Take Exit 9A off Route 6 and a left at the lights.  Get your 2017 year list off to a great start!  Click off your yard birds in the morning and join us at noon.  We will bird the mid-cape and perhaps some other hotspots.  Party hats optional!

 

Birding a Winter Wonderland – Falmouth

Stefanie Paventy, stefpav09@gmail.com or 203-415-1956 – Saturday, January 7 at 7AM

Meet at the Shining Sea Bike Path parking lot near the intersection of Locust St/Woods Hole Rd and Mill Rd.  We will begin the day by birding the Shining Sea Bike Path including Oyster Pond and the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary.  Then we can do a quick peek at Siders Pond.  Then we can head over to Perch Pond to search the Redhead and Canvasback.  Depending on how the group feels, we can continue on to Great and Green Ponds as well as Falmouth Harbor (typical location of the Barrow’s Goldeneye).  Please dress in layers, and bring water and snacks.

 

WALK CHECKLIST FOR LEADERS

Walk leaders may download the walk checklist to keep track of what is seen on the walks.  Download and print either the Walk Checklist Excel Version or the Walk Checklist Adobe Reader Version of the walk checklist.

If you don’t have Microsoft Excel or Adobe Reader installed on your computer, click the Adobe icon at the left to download and install Adobe Reader, then download the Adobe Reader version of the walk checklist.