Brooklyn Bird Club Field TripsWinter-Early Spring 2016 Schedule

Information and Registration

No registration is required for Prospect Park or Green-Wood Cemetery trips. For all other trips, advance registration is required; exact location and time of meeting will be provided at time of registration. Car pool fees are required for some trips and should be paid directly to your driver.

In noting the need to make trip registrations more manageable and fair, the BBC council has imposed these guidelines:

  • With the exception of Prospect Park and Green-wood Cemetery trips, a TWO-WEEK registration period will precede all trips.
  • Club members will be given first-priority for all trips except Prospect and Green-wood Cemetery. Nonmembers and guests are welcome on BBC trips but only if there is available space at the end of the registration period. Drivers, whether members or not, will normally have priority over non-drivers. Full weekend (overnight) trips are reserved for members only.
  • Children 14 years of age or younger are welcome on trips but must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
  • Some trips have limited enrollment, at the discretion of the trip leader. So register early! In addition, most car trips require lunch, water, appropriate clothes for seasonal weather, and all the essentials you require for day trips.
  • Please call registrars as early as possible within the registration period, and before 9 p.m. Please be sure to leave your phone number(s) so that we may contact you in the event of a schedule change.
  • Status changes of a trip due to inclement weather will be posted on our Facebook page and also on Peter Dorosh's blog: Please check before leaving for the trip if the weather looks questionable.

    We hope these guidelines will facilitate the registration process in the fairest possible way.
    The registrar and information source for each trip is listed at the end of the trip description.
  • Images of Prospect Park meeting places:

    Grand Army plaza Stranahan Statue:
    Bartel Pritchard Square entrance:
    Plaza St/ Union St Warren Statue:
    Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Pergola
  • Jumping Birds

    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Seasonal Prospect Park Walks 2016

    No registration is required for these weekly walks in Prospect Park during migration season.

    TUESDAYS: Dates coming soon.

    Leader: Rob Bate or Bobbi Manian. Meet at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance at 7:30 a.m.

    THURSDAYS: Dates coming soon.

    Leader: Tom Stephenson. Meet at the Stranahan Statue, Grand Army Plaza, at 7:15 a.m.

    SATURDAYS: Dates coming soon.

    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik. Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues “The Pergola” at 7:15 a.m.

    (Note: due to possible scheduling conflicts, leader substitutions may be made for some dates.)


    Walks from the Prospect Park Audubon Center

    First Sunday of every month, 8 a.m. (10 a.m. in winter): This walk explores the Park in seach of rare, seasonal and migrating species.

    Introduction to Birdwatching, Saturdays, 12 p.m.: Find out why Prospect Park is designated an Important Birding Area by the National Audubon Society. Binoculars provided (or bring your own).

    NOTE: These walks start from the Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park and are led by Brooklyn Bird Club members Michele Dreger and/or Eni and Vinnie Falci.

    snipeSaturday, February 6th: Jones Beach, Long Island  RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 24
    Leader: Mike Yuan
    Focus: coastal species, waterbirds, sea ducks, raptors, dune passerines
    Car Fee: $22.00
    Registrar: Mike Yuan
    Registration Period: January 30th - February 4th

    snipe Saturday February 13th: Bush Terminal Park
    : Chris Laskowski cell #646-236-6167;
    Focus: a morning tour that may also include at leader's discretion and afterwards Greenwood Cemetery or otherwise another coastal location for waterbirds, gulls, and winter passerines. Site profile
    No registration necessary. Meet: 9:00 am outside on the west corner above the R train stop "45th Street". (Brooklyn)

    snipeSunday, February 21st: Brooklyn's southwest coast RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 31
    Leader: Dan Frazer cell # 347-355-1330, (info)
    Focus: Coastal species, waterbirds, sea ducks, raptors
    No registration necessary. Meet: 8:30 am at TD Bank below the Bay Parkway train stop "D" line:
    Note: the primary birding locations are Caesar's Bay locale and nearby BJ's retailer coast views, Calvert Vaux/Drier Offerman park area. A bus runs towards Caesar's Bay from the train stop.

    snipeSaturday, February 27th, Winter Waterfowl Wildcard 
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Waterfowl & geese
    Car fee: TBD 
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text only cell 347-622-3559              

    Registration Period: February 20th – February 25th 

    Note: this trip depends on the current week’s reports in the metropolitan NYC area with locations chosen at the behest of the leader. The trip may venture outside city limits in pursuit of good waterfowl species. Do expect an all day birding adventure.



    snipeSunday, March 6th, Croton Point Park, Croton on Harmon, Upstate NY 
    Leader: Paul Keim
    Focus: Sparrows, raptors, likely eagles, waterfowl/ducks, returning winter species
    Registrar: Paul Keim (718) 875-1151

    Registration Period: February 27th – March 3rd

    Note: This is a NY Metro North train trip leaving from Grand Central Station. Leader/Registrar will provide meeting and trip details during the registration period.


    snipeSunday, March 13th, Marine Park & Floyd Bennett Field 
    Leader: Rafael Campos
    Focus: Waterfowl, raptors, returning late winter species, early sparrows, open field birds
    Car fee: $10.00 
    Registrar: Kathy Toomey, email

    Registration Period: March 5thMarch 10th


    snipeSunday, March 20th, Prospect Park’s First Day of Spring

    Leader: Ed Crowne

    Focus: Early spring migrants, transitional period species 

    Meet: 8:00 am at Bartel-Pritchard Square park entrance

    Note: Nearest subway: F train Prospect Park /15th St station 

    Equinox in New York City is on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:31 AM EDT


    snipeSaturday, March 26th, Greenwood Cemetery
    Leader: Matthew Wills 
    Focus: Upland species, early spring migrants and songbirds, raptors

    Meet: 8:00 am inside the 25th St/5th Ave entrance, just past the guard station of the “Castle”

    Nearest train stop: “R” local stops at 25th street. Walk one block uphill.

    Site profile:

    snipeSaturday, April 2nd, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: Waterbirds and geese, early egrets and herons, early shorebirds & passerines 

    Registrar: Heidi Nanz email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
    Registration Period: March 26th – March 31st  


    snipeSaturday, April 9th,  Brooklyn Wetlands and Marshes

    Leader: Heydi Lopes

    Focus: Species that visit and migrate through wetlands and marshes

    Car fee: $12.00

    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik , email

    Registration Period: April 2nd – April 7th    

    Note: This themed trip focuses on migrating birds of Brooklyn’s wetlands; locations & itinerary decided by the leader.


    snipeSaturday, April 16th,  Tenafly Nature Center & Palisades Stateline Hawk Watch  

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 
    Focus: Woods birding, early songbirds and warblers, raptors; location debut

    Car fee: $20.00 
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text only cell 347-622-3559

    Registration Period: April 9th – April 14th     

    Site profile:



    snipeSunday, April 24th, Local Spring Sparrows

    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik and Bobbi Manian
    Focus: Locations of Brooklyn and perhaps Queens frequented by the
    Emberizidae species 

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Bobbi Manian email

    Registration Period: April 16th – April 21st     

    Note: Random locations and itinerary of this themed trip is decided by the leaders.



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