All levels of naturalists, including beginners,
are most welcome on Eastern Long Island Audubon field trips.
Most trips are free to attend,
however, sometimes the venue we are visiting has a fee.
We try to make a note of it in the notice.
Eileen Schwinn, Field Trip Chair
© 2023 Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday 7 October - 8:00AM - Fire Island Hawk Watch and Lighthouse
Meeting at the eastern end of parking lot 5, Robert Moses State Park.
Always a favorite - our annual trek to FINS (Fire Island National Seashore) Hawk Watch. We will be walking on the boardwalk trail to join the counters at the raised platform, and then on to the recently re-opened Lighthouse. We’ll be looking for foraging migrants - in past years we have seen Gray Kingbird and Gray-cheeked Thrush, as well as a Chat - among the scores of Yellow-rumps! Away from ticks and no bushwacking, we hopefully will be at the Hawk Platform on a windy day, with lots of activity. Please arrive before the 8:00 meeting to avoid the parking fee - and be sure to dress for the weather - it can be cool out there! Register with trip leader, Eileen Schwinn, [email protected].
Saturday 4 November - 9:00AM - Hallock State Park
Meet at the “upper” parking lot to visit one the newest New York State Parks, located at 6062 Sound Ave., Laurel, which is just east of Hallockville Museum Farm. Over 220 acres of woodland, beach dunes and ponds - all bird-loving habitats. We will be collecting trash along the way, with will waive the normal parking fee for our club. The walk will be along cleared trails, and no bushwacking. Late migrating birds and early winter arrivals will be our targets for the day. Please register with Eileen Schwinn, [email protected].
Saturday, October 7, 2023 Meet at 8 am
FINS Hawk Watch and Lighthouse on Fire Island
On October 7th we will visit the FINS Hawk Watch and Lighthouse on Fire Island. Meet the end of the Robert Moses Parkway, at the eastern end of Parking Lot 5.
We start the walk on the boardwalk leading to the Hawk Watch Platform. The boardwalk is just above the dunes makes it ideal to spot the birds in the bushes. We should see Yellow-rump warblers, Palm Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Merlin, and hopefully an unusual find or two (it is migration time after all). We will check out what's happening at the Platform, hoping the wind is right for the hawk migration. We will then proceed to the Lighthouse. Put a little money in your pocket if you think you will need a drink. Rest rooms are here. We have spotted some interesting birds on this trip.
As always dress for the weather, bring water, a snack and binoculars.
Please register with Eileen Schwinn at [email protected] to let her know you are coming. We are asking you do this for all our walks now in case there is any last minute changes.