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2013–2014 Hoffmann Bird Club 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 light 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 coming.

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 details.

Important Trip Tips
1. It is very helpful if you contact trip leaders in advance to let them know you are coming so they are aware of how many people to expect.

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 trips scheduled on 9/21 and/or 10/19, please make hotel reservations at least a month or two in advance. Be sure to make refundable reservations.

4. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there are occasional changes in the trip schedule.  Check the eNews, website, or contact trip leaders for updates.

2013-2014 Schedule

September 2013

Fri 9/6  Potluck and Monthly Meeting 5:30PM
Please bring your own place settings and utensils so we can lighten the impact on the Sanctuary
Bhutan: Birding and Conservation in the Land of the Thunder Dragon
Don Calloway - HBC Member
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox 01240

Sat 9/7    Explore Lanesborough      7:30AM
We’ll watch for migrating songbirds and raptors on a walk around a pond and former cross-country ski trails. We’ll check the caves and springs at the site. Meet at the old Brodie Ski Touring Center, 770 Rt 7, Lanesborough. Leader: Matt Kelly (458-3664,

Sun 9/8   Pittsfield State Forest    8:00AM
We will look for migrants and visit the hawk watch. Meet at Lanesborough Post Office, Rt. 7. Leader Gael Hurley (281-1017,

Wed 9/11   Springside Park    7:30AM       
Meet at the playground parking lot off of North St. (Rte. 7), Pittsfield to look for migrating songbirds and sparrows in a variety of habitats. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327,

Sat 9/14   Blueberry Hill Hawk Watch    7:30AM
(Combined event with the Allen Bird Club.)
Look for raptors overhead and migrating passerines in the woods 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 9/15.

Sat 9/21–Mon 9/23   Cape May                TBA
(combined event with the Allen Bird Club.)
Join us for this 3-day, 2-night trip to Brigantine NWR and Cape May Point. Make your own motel reservations by Aug. at the Cape Harbor Motor Inn, (609-884-0018). Please contact leader Chris Blagdon (684-1808,
ceblagdon@nycap.rr.com) about local departure time and place.

October 2013

Tues 10/8   Monthly Meeting     7:00PM
Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
Western Mass Grassland Birds &
State of the Birds 2013
Kimberly A. Peters, PhD
Chief Scientist/Director of Bird Conservation
at Mass Audubon

Sun 10/6   Leaders Choice    TBA
Destination, time and meeting place are to be determined. Contact leaders Bob Wood & Holly Higinbotham (684-3724,
for details.

Sun 10/13      Leader’s Choice                     TBA
An out of town trip to look for sparrows, shore birds, and other late migrants.  Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961,
eneumuth@gmail.com) for details.

Sat 10/19-Sun 10/20    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,

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 10/26    Constitution Hill    8:00AM
This Reserve has hay fields, shrub fields, large wetland, and mature hardwood forest.  Terrain is accessed by logging road and hiking trail.  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 2013

Sun 11/3   67th 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,

Tues 11/5      Monthly Meeting        7:00PM
Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield
Bird Conservation in the Commonwealth
Andrew Vitz, PhD
State Ornithologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Sat 11/9    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).

December 2013

Mon 12/2     Monthly Meeting       7:00PM
Berkshire Life Insurance 700 South St., Pittsfield
Members Night and Christmas Count Details
Bring 10 digital images and holiday sweets to share and sign up for the Christmas Count!

Sat 12/14  Central Berkshire Christmas Count
Join a team and keep the tradition going. Sign up at Members Night (12/5), or contact count leaders Holly Higinbotham and Bob Wood (684-3724,
higinbo@hotmail.com). Blizzard date:12/15

Due to unpredictable weather conditions, monthly meetings are not scheduled in January or February. Field trips continue.

January 2014

Wed 1/1   South Berkshire Christmas Count   
Join a team and welcome the new year with some winter birding. Contact René Laubach (637-0320, rlaubach@massaudubon.org) to sign up or for more information about time and place.

Sat 1/11    Fairhaven
A trip to SE Mass & Buzzards Bay to search for wintering waterfowl, loons, grebes, and passerines.  Bring lunch and a scope.  Leader: Kathy Mills (gkmills@charter.net). To meet locally for carpooling, contact Dave Monk (655-8594, mamonks@verizon.net).

February 2014

Sat 2/1    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).

March 2014

Mon 3/3   Monthly Meeting   7:00PM
  Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
Memories of Alaska
HBC Members Share Their Trips to Alaska

Sat 3/1   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, ttyning@berkshirecc.edu).

April 2014

Mon 4/7     Monthly Meeting       7:00PM
Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield
“Studying And Conserving Birds That Do Not Stay Put: The Case Of The Bobolink.”
Rosalind Renfrew
Vermont Center for Ecostudies

CANCELLED  -  Sat 4/5   Connecticut Coastal Caravan    7:00AM
A 3/4 day trip to the Connecticut shore in the Milford - New Haven area to look for wintering waterfowl. Bring a scope. Lunch optional. Leave CT for MA about 2:30PM. Contact Dave Monk in advance (655-8594, mamonks@verizon.net) to arrange carpools.

Sun 4/6    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).
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

Sat 4/12  Monterey                                     7:30AM
A 1/2 day trip, including Bob’s Way and Diane’s Trail, to find early spring migrants.  Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington.  Leader: Kate Ryan (528-4355, DivinDucky@aol.com).

Sun 4/27   Birding Williamstown               7:30AM
A leisurely morning walk looking for birds in Williamstown & South Williamstown. Meet at FieldFarm on Sloan Rd., S. Williamstown. Contact Carrie Jones (664-2004, carriejones2011@aol.com).

May 2014

Sat 5/3   Annual Meeting and Banquet
Join club members for a brief meeting
to elect officers followed by:
“Epic Journeys” - A Documentary by Migration Productions
Shaun Carey
Mazzeo’s Ristorante
1015 South St., Pittsfield, Ma.
Members will receive menu and reservation details thru eNews.   Reserve early!

Sat 5/3   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 5/4      Steepletop                 7:30AM
A ½ day ramble through BNRC’s Steepletop Reserve in New Marlboro. Includes 1200 acres of wetlands, clearcuts, and mature forest. 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.

Sun 5/11  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 5/15   Hand Hollow Conservation Area    7:00AM
                      and Ooms Pond, East Chatham, NY         
Target species are Mourning, Bay-breasted, Canada and Blackburnian Warblers. Hand Hollow portion is an easy 2 hour walk. Meet Tom Collins at 6:30 AM at Pittsfield Plaza, W. Housatonic St., (Rt. 20), to carpool or meet at 7AM at Clellie’s home on Gale Hill Rd. In NY.  Contact Clellie Lynch (518-794-9063,  ClellieL@aol.com) for more directions and details.

Fri/Sat 5/16-17    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, gael19@nycap.rr.com).

Fri 5/23     Kent Falls, CT    6:00AM
Join a ¾ day trip along River Rd. in search of Worm-eating, Hooded & Cerulean Warblers. Bring lunch. Contact Noreen Mole for more information

Sat 5/24 New Ashford/Mount Greylock    7:00AM
We will walk about 4 miles at a birding pace along a marsh and a wooded stream, on back roads and trails, and along limestone cliffs 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).

CANCELLED - Sun 5/25   Hilltown Ramble             6:30AM  - CANCELLED
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 (684-3724,higinbo@hotmail.com).

Fri 5/30    Tyringham    7:00AM
Search for summer residents at several sites in the Tyringham Valley. Meet at the McDonalds on Rt. 20 in Lee.  Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com) for additional details.

Sat 5/31    Green Mountain Nat. Forest    6:30AM
A ¾ day trip to Vermont to explore Kelly Stand Rd, Somerset Reservoir & Grout Pond areas.  Roadside birding & some light hiking. Bring Lunch. Contact Tom Begley (655-0112, AT8395@aol.com) or Noreen Mole (442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com).

June 2014

Sun 6/1    October Mountain    6:00AM
Join our annual trip to October Mountain State Forest. Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com) for meeting place.

Fri 6/6   Picnic & Birding at Pleasant Valley
427 West Mountain Road, Lenox
5:00 pm Birding  --  6:00 pm Picnic
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Main courses and beverages are provided.
Please bring your own place settings and utensils so we can lighten the impact on the Sanctuary

Sat 6/7  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 6/8    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 6/14    Old Colonial Road    7:00AM
Birding in this BNRC preserve in Stockbridge on Rt.183. We will look for water and woodland birds during an easy, 2 hour walk. Meet and park at the Stockbridge Bowl boat launch on Rt.183 at 7:00 am. For more information and complete directions, contact Doug Bruce (499-0596; dbruce@bnrc.net).

July 2014

Sat 7/12    Leaders Choice    7:00AM
A walk through several birding locations in the Williamstown area looking for nesting bobolinks, buntings, kestrels, and other summer  residents. Meet at the former Store at Five Corners on Rt. 7 in South Williamstown.   Leaders: Marina Brodskaya (458-0309, marinbrod@roadrunner.com) and Katharine Wiencke (458-1846, kwiencke@verizon.net)

The trips in 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.





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