Join Four Harbors Audubon! Birding Trip to Delaware Bay led by John Turner May 16-17, 2017
We’ll begin our two-day trip to Delaware Bay, to witness the annual horseshoe crab-shorebird phenomenon, by meeting at the Exit 49 Park & Ride of the Long Island Expressway at 6:30 a.m. on May 16th. From there we'll carpool and caravan to several beaches on the New Jersey side of Delaware Bay, including first to Reed’s Beach, then work our way south to Kimble’s Beach, Cooks Beach, and Norbury’s Landing. Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstones, and Semipalmated Sandpipers land there to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs before continuing their northbound migration to arctic breeding grounds. Next we’ll swing by the Cape May Bird Observatory’s Center for Research & Education before ending the day at the Heislerville Wildlife Management area where in the past I've seen tens of thousands of shorebirds including large numbers of Dunlin in beautiful, breeding plumage. You will want to look for lodging in Cape May that night as the next morning we'll meet for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at Uncle Bill's Family Restaurant, 261 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204, (609) 884-7199. After breakfast, we'll shift gears to look for songbirds by birding a few locations within Belleplain State Forest about an hour north of Cape May. After that we'll work our way back to Long Island, birding the Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on the coast (also known as Brigantine NWR- there is an entrance fee to the refuge) before heading home to Long Island. Join us for all or part of the trip. A good time should be had by all! Lodging arrangements, and the cost of lodging and meals are the responsibility of each person. Please note: hotels are filling fast, so make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 8 a.m. • Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond Bird Walk, 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 14, 2017 West Meadow Wetlands Reserve Spring Bird Walk, 7:30 a.m. Meet at kiosk at entrance to Trustees Road
Sunday, May 21st -Birding by Kayak/Canoe
Join us on a kayaking/canoe trip down the Nissequogue River, on Sunday, May 21st. Meet at Paul T. Given County Park (across from the Smithtown Bull on West Main Street/Route 25, Smithtown, at 9 a.m. High tide at River's mouth is 7:43 a.m. Low tide is at 1:58 p.m. We'll be looking for spring migrants: warblers, ducks, and other waterfowl, the elusive and shy clapper rail, American bittern, and other less secretive shorebirds, osprey and other raptors, including the possibility of turkey vultures and an immature eagle. We will launch between 10-10:30. Portage will only be available for those who rent. For those with their own boats, you can either paddle back after tide turns at 2 p.m. at River's mouth or carpools and kayak-sitters can be arranged to get the cars down to the bluff from Paul T. Given Park. The trip generally takes 2-3 hours with no stops, but we will definitely be longer depending on sightings, stops, and crowd size. The main part of the river is 5.5 miles long. Bring water/beverages, snacks/lunch, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, ziplock bags or other waterproof bags, a light jacket, and a kayak, paddle and pfd (life jacket). Kayaks and canoes will also be available for rent from Nissequogue River Canoe and Kayak. Call Joy Cirigliano (631)766-3075 for more information or reservations. Ending time is approximate.
(See current newsletter for additional FHAS activities) Directions to Avalon Park and Preserve - 200 Harbor Road. Stony Brook NY.
From the Long Island Expressway: Take EXIT 62 (C.R. 97, or Nicolls Road) NORTH until it ends at 25A in Stony Brook. Turn LEFT onto 25A and proceed approximately 1.5 miles to Main Street. Immediately before the stoplight, bear RIGHT onto Main Street. One block ahead on the LEFT is Harbor Road. Parking is available along Main Street, on Harbor Road, and in the village shopping center just past the park on Main Street. The park's boardwalk entrance is on Harbor Road. Trail maps are available in the kiosk at the Harbor Road entrance.