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Subscribers to ArlingtonBirds should look for updates on the listserv. Non-subscribers can find information in the archives. Beginners are welcome on all trips; please participate!

Tuesday, March 28
Woodcock Walk - Alewife T Station
We will search the Northwest corner of Cambridge in hopes of seeing, or at least hearing, the American Woodcock's mating display, a traditional New England rite of spring.  Meet just outside the Russell Field Alewife exit (not the larger, busier Alewife exits near the buses). With some luck, we will only be using paved and smooth, flat gravel paths.  Participants may want to bring a flashlight and mud/water resistant shoes in case we decide to venture across unpaved terrain. 7:00-8:30PM Zack Weber

Sunday, April 2
Carlisle – Greenough Land
Visit one of Carlisle’s lesser-known Conservation Lands to look for lingering winter visitors and earlier migrants. We may also check out a vernal pool for herps. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at the parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street. 7:30-10:00AM Alan Ankers

Saturday, April 29
Carlisle – Foss Farm
We’ll look for early migrants such as sparrows, swallows, raptors and the first of the warblers in the community gardens and farm fields, including the old piggery that is now part of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at Foss Farm parking lot, just west of the bridge over the Concord River on route 225. 7:00-10:00AM Alan Ankers

Sunday, April 9
Horn Pond, Woburn - Evening
Struggling to make our early morning walks? Looking for the other types of birdies on the golf course early morning? Having schedule conflicts? Then join us for an early evening walk at the Horn Pond Conservation Area in Woburn. We should be able to find early Spring migrants such as Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, several species of swallows, and phoebes among other possibilities. Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 5:00-7:00 PM Paul Ippolito

Tuesday April 11
Habitat, Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuaries, Belmont
We will explore the woods of Habitat and the fields of Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuary, all on Belmont Hill. This is an easy walking tour and will cover different habitats. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the Habitat parking lot, 10 Juniper Road. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist
 
Saturday, April 15
Dunback Meadow
Early migrants will be our target, particularly Pine and Palm Warblers, but there may also be Phoebes, several sparrows, both kinglets and thrushes. Meet at Allen Street entrance. 8:00-10:00 AM Bobbie Hodson
 
Sunday, April 16
Beaver Brook North
We'll explore the fields, marshes, and woods of this large reservation in Waltham, Belmont and Lexington looking for migrants and early breeders. Meeting Place: Parking lot on Metropolitan Parkway South (at the intersection of Trapelo Rd and Forest St in Waltham). 7:30-10:30 AM.Jason Forbes.

Tuesday April 18
Rock Meadow, Belmont
Rock Meadow is public conservation land and comprises 70 acres of meadow, wetlands, streams, and woods. It is a part of the Western Greenway, a corridor of undeveloped green spaces that connects the towns of Belmont, Waltham, and Lexington. Hopefully we will encounter some early migrants. The paths may still be wet or muddy from the recent snow melt. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the parking lot at 360 Mill Street, about halfway between Trapelo Road and Concord Ave. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist
 
Saturday, April 22
Horn Pond Early Spring Migrants
We should be able to find several species of swallows, plus phoebes, towhees, and maybe a couple species of warbler. Or, let's find a surprise. Come on, beginners, this is the time to get out before it gets too hectic! Meet at the Sturgis Street entrance. 7:30AM. Marj Rines 


Sunday, April 23
First Warblers at Sandy Beach
It's finally spring, and Sandy Beach is a great place to find those early migrants. Among other possibilities, Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are almost guaranteed. Meet at the Sandy Beach (now the Charles Shannon Memorial Beach) parking lot on Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester. 7:30-9:00AM. Renee LaFontaine

Tuesday April 25
Habitat, Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuaries, Belmont
We will explore the woods of Habitat and the fields of Highland Farm and Lone Tree Sanctuary, all on Belmont Hill. This is an easy walking tour and will cover different habitats. Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary. Meet in the Habitat parking lot, 10 Juniper Road. 7:00-9:00AM Bob Stymeist
 
Wednesday, April 26
Arlington Reservoir
The Arlington Reservoir is a stopping point for a number of migrating birds. This is a great time to look for the first orioles, or more exotic arrivals like Yellow-throated Warbler(!). We’ll check the field at Busa Farm, and the Reservoir itself for waterfowl. Meet at the Rindge Park playground, 22 Rindge Avenue in Lexington (park on the playground side of the street). 7:00-8:30AM Chris Floyd

Saturday, April 29
Carlisle – Foss Farm
We’ll look for early migrants such as sparrows, swallows, raptors and the first of the warblers in the community gardens and farm fields, including the old piggery that is now part of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Meet at Foss Farm parking lot, just west of the bridge over the Concord River on route 225. 7:00-10:00AM Alan Ankers

Sunday, April 30
Whipple Hill and Locke Farm: Late risers' walk
This is an afternoon walk. Besides birds, we may encounter some later-rising wildlife, including insects and pond life. Whipple Hill conservation area in Lexington and Winchester includes many habitats within its 130-odd acres. We’ll see what spring has to offer in the woods around Whipple Hill (at 374 feet, the highest point in Lexington) and in the lowland area around Locke Pond. Depending on interest, we’ll also stop at the adjoining 18thcentury Wright Locke Farm. Meet in the parking lot across from the fire station at Mullen playground, off of Lockeland Road in Winchester. 1:00-3:00PM Andrea Golden  and Stephen Kruse

Saturday, May 6
Spring at Horn Pond
Horn Pond offers a variety of habitats with a great variety of both breeding birds and migrants. Meet at 7:00AM at the Sturgis Street entrance to Horn Pond. Marj Rines 

Sunday, May 10
Spring Migration in the Middlesex Fells
In mid-May, many warblers and other migrants stop over in the Middlesex Fells. In addition to the warblers, we’ll look for arriving breeders such as Great Crested Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting and Brown Thrasher. Meet on Playstead Road where it meets Winthrop Street in Medford. Please park on the west side in front of the cemetery. 7:00-10:00AM. Paul Devaney

Monday, May 8
Spring Migration at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and Watertown is one of the best local spots to view spring migration. Park in the cemetery and meet at the kiosk by the main entrance gate. 7:00-10:00AM Brooke Stevens

Wednesday May 10
Western Greenway: Lexington and Waltham
Details to follow later. 6:30-8:30AM  Roger Wrubel

Saturday, May 20
Dunback Meadow
We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of migrants and breeding birds: warblers, swallows, vireos, and many more. Meet at Allen Street entrance.8:00-10:00AM Bobbie Hodson

Sunday, May 28
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord
We'll look for rails and other marsh birds and hopefully have a few surprises as well.  Meeting place: Refuge parking lot on Monsen Road (off Rt. 62). 6:30-9:00 AM Jason Forbes

Monday, May 29
Breeders and Migrants: Middlesex Fells
In late May the breeders have settled into the Middlesex Fells. We’ll look for Great Crested Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Brown Thrashers and a variety of others. This is also the time of year to catch some late migrant species such as flycatchers. Meet on Playstead Road where it meets Winthrop Street in Medford. Please park on the west side in front of the cemetery. 7:00-9:30 AM. Lorraine Kaplan lorraine.e.kaplan@gmail.com and Renee LaFontaine

Saturday, June 10
Breeding Birds at Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach (Charles Shannon Beach), a small DCR park at the northern end of the Mystic Lakes in Winchester, attracts a large variety of breeding birds. It is the best local place to see Orchard Orioles.  Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, Pine Warblers, and Chipping Sparrows are among the species that nest here every year.  Meet in the large parking lot on Mystic Valley Pkwy.   7:30-8:30 AM Renee LaFontaine