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Hoffmann Bird Club 2014-2015 Schedule

The Hoffmann Bird Club is Berkshire County’s
premier ornithological organization. It was
established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the
study of birds in the county. The club was founded
under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum and is
named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann, a naturalist
born in Berkshire County.
Monthly Meetings are held at Berkshire Life
Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield, MA or Pleasant
Valley Sanctuary, 427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA.
See the schedule for specific dates and locations.
Most meetings begin at 7:00PM. They are free and
open to everyone interested in birds. Come
enjoy the scheduled program and l i g h t
refreshments. Bring a friend.
Field Trips: Times listed are departure times;
please arrive a few minutes early to meet the
leader(s) and carpool when possible. When
carpooling, participants are expected to contribute
to gas expenses. Local trips generally last until
lunch, unless otherwise noted. Participants under
18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, and
bring binoculars (if you have them). Please contact
the Trip Leader to let her/him know you are
Our Birding Beyond Your Backyard trips will
continue this year. Call Dave Monk at 655-8594 or
email him at outreach@hoffmannbirdclub.org to
learn how they can expand your birding enjoyment.
Check our website or The Berkshire Eagle for
Unless otherwise noted, all telephone numbers
are in area code 413

Important Trip Tips
1. It is recommended that you contact trip leaders in
advance to let them know you are coming so they
are aware of how many people to expect. Due to
unforeseen circumstances, there are occasional
changes in the trip schedule. Check eNews,
website or contact leader(s) for updates.  The eNews
 is an electronic newsletter for club members.
2. If you are taking a trip where some details are
TBA, contact the leader by phone or email or check
eNews for more details as the date nears.
3. If you plan to take the overnight trip scheduled for
10/18-19, please make hotel reservations at least a
month or two in advance. Be sure to make
refundable reservations.

September 2014

Fri 9/5 Potluck and Monthly Meeting 5:00PM
Bring a dish to share, and please bring your own
place settings and utensils so we can lighten the
impact on the Sanctuary.
“Gallery of Berkshire Birds”
Mark Thorne
HBC Member and Wildlife Photographer
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox 01240
Sat 9/6 Explore Lanesborough 7:30AM

We’ll explore some of Lanesborough’s many back
country roads. The locations will be “Leader’s Choices”.
Meet at the Lanesborough Post Office at 7:30 AM, Lanesborough.
Leader: Matt Kelly 458-3664 (W) / 518-686-9005 (H)
/ 329-9446 (C),veganpeace2@gmail.com).

Wed 9/10 Springside Park 7:30AM

Meet at the playground parking lot off of North St.
(Rte. 7), Pittsfield to look for migrating songbirds
and sparrows. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327,
Sat 9/13 Blueberry Hill Hawk Watch 7:30AM

(Combined event with the Allen Bird Club.)
Look for raptors and migrants at Blueberry Hill
Hawk Watch in West Granville. Bring a dish to
share. Meet Tom Begley (655-0112,
AT8395@aol.com ) at Price Chopper parking lot on
the Pittsfield-Lenox Rd., Lenox to carpool. Rain
date 9/14.
Wed. 9/24 A Walk in the Woods 7:30 AM

A morning walk at a location of the leader’s choice.
Beginners encouraged. Meet at the Lanesborough
Post Office on Rte. 7. Leader Noreen Mole
(442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com).
Sun 9/28 Wild Acres/Pittsfield Airport 7:30 AM

Search for sparrows and other migrants. Meet at
Price Chopper parking lot on Pittsfield/Lenox Rd.
Leader: Gael Hurley (281-1017,
October 2014

Mon 10/6 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“50 Years of Osprey Monitoring in Southeast Mass”
Becky Cushing, Sanctuary Director
Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries

Sun 10/5 Leaders Choice TBA

Destination, time and meeting place are to be
determined. Contact leaders Bob Wood & Holly
Higinbotham (684-3724, higinbo@hotmail.com)
for details.

Wed 10/8 Springside Park 7:30 AM

Meet at the playground parking lot off North St.
(Rte. 7), Pittsfield. We will look for migrant
songbirds and sparrows in a variety of habitats.
Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327,
Sun 10/12 Leader’s Choice TBA

A trip, possibly out of town, to look for sparrows,
shore birds, and other late migrants. Contact
leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961,
eneumuth@gmail.com) for details.
HBC Members are welcome at the Hopkins Forest
Saw-whet Owl Banding Program that runs mid-
October to early November. Weather permitting, it is
open evenings at the Owl Banding Station at
Hopkins Forest in Williamstown. Call Drew Jones
(413-597-4353) before you go for further details.
Sat 10/18-Sun 10/19 Rhode Island Coast

Town Hall Hinsdale 6:30AM
or McDonalds in Lee 7:00AM
Overnight trip to the Rhode Island coast in search
of migrating shorebirds, passerines, ducks and
hawks. For reservations see website of
Scarborough Beach Motel in Narragansett. Register
with Dave Monk by 10/15.(655-8594,
Sat 10/25 Constitution Hill 8:00 AM

This Reserve has hay fields, shrub fields, large
wetland, and mature hardwood forest. Meet at the
BNRC parking area at the end of Bridge St. in
Lanesboro; park at map kiosk. Contact Doug Bruce
(499-0596; dbruce@bnrc.net) for details.

November 2014

Sun 11/2 68th Bartlett Hendricks 7:00AM

Memorial Waterfowl Census

Join the annual census of central Berkshire lakes
and wetlands. Meet at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.
Bring lunch and a scope. Trip ends around 3:00PM.
Coordinator: Tom Tyning (236-4502,
ttyning@berkshirecc.edu )
Mon 11/3 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM

Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield
“Rebuilding Local Populations of the American
Kestrel One Box at a Time”
Tom Sayers
Northeast CT Kestrels

Sat 11/8 NW CT Waterfowl Census 8:00AM

Meet at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Bring lunch and a
scope. Trip ends about 2:00PM. Co-leaders: Kate
Ryan (528-4355, DivinDucky@aol.com) and Rene
Wendell (229-6600,rwendell@ttor.org).
Sun 11/9 Tomhannock Reservoir 7:30AM

A morning trip in search of waterfowl, shorebirds
and passerines. Bring a scope if you have one.
Meet at Stewart’s Shop on Rte. 7 in Pownal, Vt.
Leader: Matt Kelly (458-3664, 329-9446,
December 2014

Mon 12/1 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM
Berkshire Life Insurance 700 South St., Pittsfield
“HBC Member’s Night”
Bring 10 digital images or slides and holiday sweets
to share, and sign up for the Christmas Count!
Sun 12/14 Central Berkshire Christmas Count
Join a team and keep the tradition going. Sign up at
Members Night (12/1), or contact count leaders
Holly Higinbotham and Bob Wood (684-3724,
higinbo@hotmail.com). Blizzard date:12/14
January 2015

Thu 1/1 South Berkshire Christmas Count

Join a team and welcome the new year with some
w i n t e r b i r d i n g . Contact René Laubach
(623-8803,renelaubach@gmail.com) to sign up or
for more information about time and place.
Sat 1/24 Fairhaven TBA

A trip to SE Mass & Buzzards Bay to search for
wintering waterfowl, loons, grebes, and passerines.
Bring lunch and a scope. Contact leader: Kathy
Mills (gkmills@charter.net) for carpool details.
Sat. 1/17 North Shore TBA

Sea ducks, gulls and alcids. Trip limited to 12,
contact leader early. Bring lunch and scope if you
have one. Leader: Ed Neumuth (884-4961,
Sat 1/31 Breakfast and Winter Birds 7:30AM

Meet at Ozzie’s Restaurant, Maple St., Hinsdale at
7:30AM for breakfast. We will then look for
wintering birds around Hinsdale and nearby towns.
Mostly roadside birding. Leader Tom Begley
(655-0112, AT8395@aol.com).

February 2015

Sat 2/7 CT River Valley 7:00 AM

A trip for wintering birds, locations dependent on
recent sightings. Meet at The Creamery on Rte. 9
in Cummington. Leaders: Sue & Ed Lewis
(ed.lewis@enlewis.com, suzi_q1@verizon.net,
March 2015

Tues 3/3 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM

Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“Birding Mongolia, the Last Wilderness Nation”
Chris Leahy
Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History
and Field Ornithology at Massachusetts
Audubon Society
Sat 3/7 Cape Ann 6:00AM

All day trip to look for sea ducks, gulls, and
alcids. Bring lunch and scope if you have one.
This trip will be limited to 12 individuals so
contact leaders early. Car pool from Price
Chopper on Pittsfield/Lenox Rd. Leaders Ed
Neumuth (884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com) or
Tom Tyning (236-4502,
Our spring Birding Beyond Your Backyard walks
will begin soon. For dates & places contact Dave
Monk at (outreach@hoffmannbirdclub.org,
655-8594) or hoffmannbirdclub.org/beyond/html
April 2015

Sun 4/5 Leaders Choice 7:30AM

A search for signs of spring in Berkshire County.
Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the
Pittsfield/Lenox Rd.. Leader: Jonathan Pierce
(281-2398, rthprc@netscape.net).
Mon 4/6 Monthly Meeting 7:00PM

Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“Kilimanjaro--Trekking to the Roof of Africa”
Rene Laubach
Past Sanctuary Director
Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries

Sat 4/11 Birding Stockbridge 7:30 AM

Search for early spring migrants in Stockbridge.
Meet on Rte. 7 in Stockbridge across from the Red
Lion Inn. Contact Kate Ryan (528-4355,
divinducky@aol.com) for details.
Sun 4/26 Birding Williamstown 7:30AM

A leisurely morning walk looking for birds in
Williamstown & South Williamstown. Meet at Field
Farm on Sloan Rd., S. Williamstown. Contact Carrie
Jones (884-2661, carriejones2011@aol.com).
May 2015

Fri 5/1 Annual Meeting and Banquet 5:00 PM

Join club members for a brief meeting
to elect officers followed by:
“Neil’s Big Year”
Neil Hayward
Big Year Birder
Mazzeo’s Ristorante
1015 South Street, Pittsfield, Ma.
Members will receive menu and reservation details
thru eNews. Reserve early!
Sat 5/2 Warner Farm, Cummington 7:30AM

Search for American Bittern, Waterthrushes,
Virginia Rails, Cuckoos & more! Meet at The
Creamery on Route 9 in Cummington. Leader:
Charles Quinlan: (413-634-0334). Email contact:
Matt Kelly (veganpeace2@gmail.com).
Sun 5/3 Steepletop 7:30AM

A ˝ day ramble through BNRC’s Steepletop
Reserve in New Marlboro. Waterproof boots
recommended. Meet at the Old Inn on the Green,
134 Hartsville-New Marlboro Road, New Marlboro.
Contact leader Doug Bruce (499-0596;
dbruce@bnrc.net) in advance for directions.
Fri 5/8 Mt Auburn Cemetery TBA

This trip will be limited to 2 cars/8 people so be sure
to contact the leader early if you plan to attend.
Leader: Chris Blagdon (684-1808,
Sat 5/9 Connecticut Coastal Caravan - CANCELLED

Saturday 5/9   One World Conservation Center, South Bennington,Vt
at Norman and Selma Greenberg conservation Reserve
413 US Rte 7 ,South Bennington,Vt,
1.3 miles south of Downtown Bennington,Vt
As a recreation area, it states the following:
our Greenberg Reserve includes meadow, wetland and woodland habitats with a seasonal variety of wildflowers, birds, mammals, insects and butterflies. Our easy and maintained hiking trails are suitable for the entire family.
Meet at Berkshire Museum at 7 AM for carpool or at 8AM at east parking area at Conservation Reserve in South Bennington.
Note there are two parking lots at the reserve, please park only in the east lot, a right turn heading north, enter near the stone pillar lined driveway.  Do not park at the old Howard Johnson headquarters.  Thank you!
Leader Beth Miller 518-496-9802 or EMWBoston@comcast.net
Sun 5/10 Post Farm and Woods Pond 7:30AM

Morning walk in search of spring migrants and rails.
Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the
Pittsfield-Lenox Rd., Lenox. Leader Gael Hurley
(281-1017, gael19@nycap.rr.com).
Thu 5/14 Hand Hollow Conservation Area 7:00AM
and Ooms Pond, East Chatham, NY
Target species are Mourning, Bay-breasted, and
Canada Warblers. Hand Hollow portion is an easy 2
hour walk. Contact Clellie Lynch (518-794-9063,
ClellieL@aol.com) for directions and details.
Fri/Sat 5/15-16 Birdathon/Century Run TBA

Join a team and continue the tradition, and support
Mass Audubon’s annual Birdathon to
benefit our local sanctuary. Contacts, count format
and other details will be announced in the Hoffmann
eNews. Coordinators: Jonathan Pierce (281-2398
rthprc@netscape.net) and Gael Hurley (281-1017,

Fri 5/22 Quabbin Reservoir 7:00AM

A 3/4 day trip to the Quabbin Reservoir and area.
Bring lunch and snacks. Leaders: Noreen Mole
(442-6327, Smole@berkshire.rr.com) and Tom
Begley (655-0112, AT8395@aol.com). Contact
leader for meeting place.
Sat 5/23 New Ashford/Mount Greylock 7:00AM

We will walk about 4 miles at a birding pace along
various trails at the base of Mt. Greylock. The
terrain is a bit strenuous. Meet at JW Kelly’s Real
Estate, Rte. 7, New Ashford. Leader: Matt Kelly
(458-3664, veganpeace2@gmail.com).
Sun 5/24 Hilltown Ramble 6:30AM

A search for migrating song birds. We’ll start in
Windsor and make our way to Hawley Bog. Meet at
Moran Wildlife Management Area, Rt.8A in Windsor.
Contact Leaders Bob Wood and Holly Higinbotham
Wed 5/27 Tyringham 7:00AM

Search for summer residents at several sites in the
Tyringham Valley. Meet at the BigY on Rte.102 in
Lee. Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961,
eneumuth@gmail.com) for additional details.
Sun 5/31 October Mountain 6:00AM

Join our annual trip to October Mountain State
Forest. Meet at Washington Town Park on Rte. 8 in
Washington. Contact leader Ed Neumuth
(884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com).
June 2015

Fri 6/5 Tamarack Hollow 6:30 AM

Breeding bird survey of upland, woodland birds.
Meet at Notchview Visitor Center, Rte. 9, Windsor.
Leader: Ed Neumuth (884-4961,
Sat 6/6 South County Leaders Choice 7:30AM

Meet Kate Ryan at the Wild Bird Store on Rt. 7 in
Great Barrington to explore some of the busy bird
sites of the southern Berkshires. Contact Kate at
(528-4355, DivinDucky@aol.com) for details.
Sun 6/7 Springside Park 7:00AM

Meet at the playground parking lot off North St.
(Rte. 7), Pittsfield to look for resident songbirds and
sparrows in a variety of habitats. Leader: Noreen
Mole (442-6327, Smole@berkshire.rr.com).
Sat 6/13 Berkshire Breeding Bird Survey TBA

Teams will search IBAs and hot spots for rare
Berkshire county breeders. Details to follow on
eNews. Results will be discussed at the annual
Sat 6/13 Picnic & Birding at Pleasant Valley
427 West Mountain Road, Lenox
5:00 PM Birding-6:00 PM Picnic
Main courses and beverages are provided. Bring a
side dish or dessert to share. Please bring your
own place setting to help lighten the impact on the
Sanctuary.  We will discuss the results of the day’s breeding
bird survey.
July 2015

Sat 7/11 Leaders Choice 7:00AM

A walk through several birding locations in the Williamstown
area looking for nesting summer residents. Meet at the
Nature Center at Field Farm, Sloan Rd., Williamstown.
Leaders: Marina Brodskaya (458-0309,
marinbrod@roadrunner.com) and Katharine Wiencke
(458-1846, kwiencke@verizon.net)

Our walks and other events are greatly enhanced
by our associations with the Berkshire Natural
Resources Council (BNRC), Mass Audubon, the
Allen Bird Club and Trustees of Reservations.
Each of these organizations has similar events that
may be open to the public. We try to alert you to
these additional events on the HBC eNews.
The Berkshire Life Insurance Co. graciously
provides us with excellent meeting facilities
equipped for making outstanding presentations.
The club’s monthly meetings are suspended for the
summer. They will resume in september. Field
trips and outings will continue through the summer
The trips listed in this guide are those confirmed at
press time in July. During the year, other walks
may be offered. Check for additional trips and
events in HBC eNews or on our website at
www.hoffmannbirdclub.org.  The eNews is an
electronic newsletter sent to HBC members.
Join The Hoffmann Bird Club
The Hoffmann Bird Club is Berkshire County’s
premier ornithological organization. It was
established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the
study of birds in the county.. The club was founded
under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum and
was named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann, a
naturalist born in Berkshire county.
Meetings are held from September through May
and are open at no charge to anyone interested
in birds and bird study.
Field trips are led by experienced birders, and
everyone, including beginners, is welcome. Field
trips offer an excellent opportunity to explore first
hand the bountiful nature and natural history of the
Berkshire region.
The Marilyn Flor Day Camp Scholarship Fund is
sponsored by the Hoffmann Bird Club. Annually,
the club supports scholarships for aspiring
young local naturalists to Mass Audubon’s
Summer Camp Program at Pleasant Valley
Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox.
Check www.hoffmannbirdclub.org for updates and
more detailed information on field trips and
presentations in this schedule, along with links to
birding-related sites on the Web.
Membership in Hoffmann Bird Club is open to
anyone interested in birds and bird study.
The membership year is September, 2014 thru
August, 2015. If you join after April 1, 2015 your
membership is extended through August 2016.
See our website for a membership form:





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