Hudson River Audubon Society of Westchester
2016 - 2017

    Outdoor activities such as birding and hiking with a group are a wonderful way to share your interests with like-minded people to learn more about nature, and to enjoy many preserves and natural areas.

    Hudson River Audubon Society field trips are free. Non-members/ newcomers are welcome and are encouraged to join us as members ($20 introductory offer). 

    Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Some are available for loan for those who need them. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call Michael Bochnik at (914) 237-9331. 
    Directions for most trips can be found links below.

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Lenoir Nature Preserve 
8 AM Walter Chadwick Memorial Nature Walk
Meet at the Nature Center. We will look for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and nature. We’ll end up at our hawk watch site at 10 in front of the mansion
10 AM Broad-winged Hawk Migration 
We will search the skies for Broad-wing Hawks that will be making their 4,300 mile migration to South America

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Lenoir Nature Preserve 
Hawk Watch 
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
Meet at 10 AM behind the Lenoir Mansion

Joint Trip with BRSS Audubon
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Larchmont Reservoir 
Sign up by calling Doug Bloom, 914-834-5203
Meet at 8 AM Larchmont Reservoir upper lot. Looking for fall Migrants

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Hawk Day
Lenoir Nature Preserve 
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Hawk Watch. Look for hawks heading south
1:00 PM - Live Hawks! Meet hawks from Pace.

Joint Trip with BRSS Audubon
Sunday, October 2, 2016 
Fire Island Hawk Watch
Sign up by calling Doug Bloom, 914-834-5203
Meet at 7 AM at Scarsdale Village Hall. Looking for Hawks and other fall migrants

Joint Trip with BRSS Audubon
Sunday October 16, 2016
Read Sanctuary and Marshlands Conservancy
Sign up by calling Doug Bloom, 914-834-5203
Meet at 8 AM at Read Sanctuary. We will be looking for late migrants.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Big Sit
Meet at Lenoir Nature Preserve behind the Lenoir Mansion anytime between 8AM and 3PM
A great way to enjoy birds without an effort!
The object of the "BIG SIT" is to tally as many bird species as we can in a day from a single position. We'll be out on the Lenoir lawn (at our hawk watch sight) overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Bring a chair, drink and snacks and join us anytime on that day and help us find the birds!

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Lenoir Nature Preserve 
Hawk Watch 
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
Meet at 10 AM behind the Lenoir Mansion

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Jones Beach – Late Fall Migrants
Meet at 8AM at the Coast Guard Station in West End IIThis is a good time for a rarity or a western stray to show up such as winter finches, Western Kingbird or Lapland Longspur. A variety of birds should be seen from seabirds, ducks, hawks, shorebirds and late land migrants. If time allows we will head over to Point Lookout in search of Purple Sandpipers and Harlequin Ducks. Bring lunch and expect to return midafternoon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Croton Point Park
Meet at 8 AM in the large parking lot
We will search the meadow for American Pipit and other grassland birds such as Savannah Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlark. American Tree Sparrow should be common along the wooded edges. This will be a long walk with hills as we circle the meadow.

Monday, December 26, 2016
Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
A census of birds in the area. Help gather information on local bird populations in the 90th year of the count.
There is no particular meeting place for this event. Different groups of volunteers start at various locations throughout southern Westchester and the Bronx and canvas their area for birds. For more information, call the Count Compiler, Michael Bochnik at 237-9331, or visit

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Pelham Bay Park
Joint trip with Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Meet at Pelham Bay Park at 8 AM; far left corner of the Orchard Beach parking lot.
Pelham Bay Park is known for its wintering owls, such as Northern Saw-whet, Great Horned, and Long-eared. We will also search the woods and water for winter birds. American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser should be in the bays. The woods here are good for Fox Sparrows and other half-hardies.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 
Thompson Pond Preserve
We will search for wintering Golden Eagles
Meet at the preserve at 9 AM
Directions: Take the Taconic Parkway to the exit for Route 199.
Go east on Route 199 to Route 82;
Follow Route 82 south to Pine Plains.
Turn right onto Lake Road, and follow 1.6 miles to the parking area and preserve entrance on left.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Refuge at 8 AM
Late wintering ducks and possible Barn Owl

Friday to Monday, April 28 – May 1, 2017
The Delmarva Peninsula
Drive down Thursday to Cambridge, MD
Friday – Blackwater NWR, MD
Saturday – Chincoteaue NWR, VA
Sunday – Milburn landing SP, MD
Monday – Bombay Hook NWR, DE
We’ll visit Delmarva – DELaware, MARyland and VirginiA to search for American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers.
Click here for details

Friday May 5, 2017
Evening at Tibbets Brook Park
Meet at the flag pole in front of the main building at 6 PM

Saturday May 6, 2017
Cranberry Lake
Meet 8 AM at the nature center.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Bird like crazy in Westchester County to raise money for our chapter. Details to follow.

Sunday May 14, 2017
Mother’s Day Warbler Walk
Lenoir Nature Preserve 8 AM
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
Meet us for our 25th year of this Audubon tradition. Spring migrants will be searched for; followed by refreshments at the nature center.

Saturday- Sunday May 20,21 2017
Bashakill Marsh
Drive up Saturday afternoon and stay overnight for Whip-poor-wills, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Alder Flycatchers.

Directions to Lenoir:

From Saw Mill River Pkwy: Exit at Exit 9, Executive Blvd. Take Executive Blvd. to North Broadway and turn right. Go 1/4 mile and turn left onto Dudley Street. Lenoir's parking lot is on the left.
By Bus: Take the # 6 along North Broadway to Dudley Street, one stop north of Executive Blvd

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