Activities and Walks

WINTER 2020 BIRD WALKS AND EVENTS 

SECOND SATURDAY WALKS

Saturday, February 8, 2020:

  • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 9 a.m.
  • Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond Bird Walk, 11 a.m.

WEDNESDAY WALKS AT WEST MEADOW

Enjoy a weekday bird walk at West Meadow Wetlands Reserve. Meet at the kiosk located at the entrance to Trustees Road.  We will bird along Trustees Road and return via the beach.  Walk is 2 miles.  Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com.

  • February 12, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.

WINTER WATERFOWL COUNTS:

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9 am – Saltwater waterfowl counts: Meet at Smithtown Marina to start count at the Marina and Otto Schubert Park, Nissequogue Bird Sanctuary, Long Beach, Short Beach, Nissequogue River State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park to follow. Inclement weather date: Sunday, January 26
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020, 9 am – Freshwater, waterfowl counts at Blydenburgh south and north entrances, Caleb Smith, and Landing Avenue Park. Meet at Blydenburgh south entrance (Veterans Memorial Highway) at the rowboat launch. Inclement weather date: January 26

Counters are welcome for all or part of the day.  Please RSVP to let us know you wish to assist.  Email: fourharborsheron@gmail.com.  Please bring a scope if you have one.

PAUMANOK TRAIL, Schultz Road, Manorville, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 9 a.m.

Paumanok Trail was a little-known birding locale prior to 2018 when Red Crossbills were discovered in the woods.  We will be taking a leisurely stroll through scrub pine forest in search of winter resident species such as sparrows, nuthatch, and woodpeckers, and possibly some winter visitors such as Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskin.

You must provide your own transportation. Inclement weather cancels the walk.  Please email Patrice Domeischel fourharborsheron@gmail.com to indicate you will be attending or for additional information.

Members Only:  WINTER SEA DUCKS AND ALCIDS – Montauk Field Trip Held Jointly with South Fork Natural History Society (SOFO), Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:30 a.m.                               

John Turner will lead a trip to Montauk Point. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Montauk Point State Park Pavilion, upper parking lot. We’ll bird the tip and then head west stopping to walk the seal haul-out trail. On the way back, we may make additional stops to look for reported highlights.  We’ll be looking for winter birds: sea ducks, alcids, seals, etc.  

Please reserve: fourharborsaudubonsociety@gmail.com.

SUFFOLK COUNTY FARM AND EDUCATION CENTER, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m., 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. The Farm is known for sparrows, raptors, and grassland birds. We’ll walk the perimeter of the fields focusing on species such as the Savannah, White-crowned, White-throated, and Vesper Sparrow. Bobolinks can sometimes be found here, and Kestrels and other raptors are usually seen hunting over the fields. We might even visit the farm animals!

Meet in parking lot. You must provide your own transportation. Inclement weather cancels the walk.  Please email  Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com to indicate you will be attending the walk or for additional information.  

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARKThe Less Traveled Areas of Sunken Meadow                             

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 – 11am. Meet at the Park Office, One Sunken Meadow Parkway. Main parking lot – Field #1. We will take the hidden winding trail up Sunken Meadow Creek.  Target birds may include winter ducks: Gadwall, Mallard, Black, Ring-Necked, Hooded and Red-Breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, plus Common Loon, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fish Crow, Common Raven, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, assorted woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, 3-4 species of gull and all the common winter birds. Contact Joy Cirigliano for information, (631)766-3075

Members Only:  FOUR HARBORS AUDUBON SOCIETY WINTER LECTURE

Winter Gull Identification Workshop and Field Trip With Mike Cooper

Workshop: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30 pm
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main Street, Setauket, NY  11733
Field Trip: Sunday, February 2, 2020, Shinnecock Inlet, time TBD

Mike will discuss important feather groups and the common species of gulls here on Long Island and how their plumage changes with age. Mike will also spend some time discussing scanning strategies, such as how to go through a flock and what you can look for on the first pass through. Five gull species will be targeted: Herring, Ring-billed, Great Black-back, Laughing, and Bonaparte’s Gull. Also covered will be Lesser Black-backed, Iceland, Glaucous, Black-headed, and Little Gulls.
Topics will include:

  • Common gull species found on Long Island
  • Other species to look for in the winter
  • Important feather groups
  • Plumage change according to age
  • Strategies to use when scanning a flock

The lecture will be followed on Sunday, February 2, with a field trip to Shinnecock Inlet to test our newly acquired skills. Meet at far east end of Dune Road in parking lot.

Members onlyAdvance registration is necessary and space is limited. Email: fourharborsheron@gmail.com to register.

FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHTS WITH FOUR HARBORS AUDUBON

Friday, February 7, 2020Vanishing of the Bees, At least one third of the food on our tables comes from sources pollinated by bees and other pollinators.  Discover what is happening to our pollinators, and how we can help them in our own yards.  A piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” A dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and the Planet. The bees have a message – but will we listen?

Presenter:  Joy Cirigliano.  All movies will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at The Smithtown Library, Main Building, One North Country Road, Smithtown.  Free and open to all.  Reservations required.  Call Joy Cirigliano at 631-766-3075, call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480, ext. 232, or visit the Smithtown Library website to reserve seating.