Flash Bird Walks - Baird Ornithological Club, Reading, PA

When we plan our club's field trip schedule each summer, we schedule field trips for when and where we expect (and hope!) it will make for a good birding experience. However, it is impossible to perfectly anticipate all the good birding opportunities which might arise after our schedule is published, so this web site has been set up as a place to publicize club field trips on short notice (often VERY SHORT!) and we hope this will enable more members, friends and guests to see good birds.

Short cut link to this site is http://bit.ly/bocbirding

Suggestions for (and offers to lead!) flash Bird Walks are welcome from all BOC members and friends. 
 email: mslater [a] voicenet [dot] com


For more information about the scheduled programs and field trips go to the BOC Main Page . 

For more info about the flash bilrd walks, please scroll down.

All of the BOC's meetings are held in McConnell Environmental Education Building at Nolde Forest State Park. except the annual banquet.

Upcoming Tuesday Bird Walks

posted Mar 27, 2017, 8:53 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 7:41 AM ]

BOC members are leading Bird walks for members and the general public on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from March through June. 

Time: 8:00 to approx. 11 am.

The schedule and list of leader's is below. the location for each will be announced a week or more advance both here, on Facebook and by email. Depending on where the leader thinks the good birds are!

March 14 - CANNCELLED due to Snow
March 28 - Linda Ingram will lead the walk at Union Meadows.

April 11 - Art Zdancewic will lead the walk at Green Hills, Preserve
April 25 - Sarah Hungerford will lead the walk. Probably in the Blue Marsh/Tulpehocken Creek Area
The April 25th walk is cancelled due to the forecast of cold and rainy weather.

May 9 - Matt Wlasniewski Will lead the walk in the Hamburg Area. Meet in the parking lot for Kernsville Rec. Area at the monument. We may car pool to another location.
May 23 - Katrina Knight will lead the walk.

June 13 - To be announced
June 27 - To be announced

4th Tuesday Bird Walk

posted Mar 23, 2017, 2:04 PM by Mike Slater

Linda Ingram will lead our bird walk this coming Tuesday (March 28th) at 8:am at Union Meadows Rec. Area just off Rte 724 east of Birdsboro. Turn onto Campbell Ford Rd. behind the recently opened "Fork & Ale Restauran"t,Formerly "Tim's Ugly Mug") and park in the paved parking lot. Th walking is easy and smooth.

We had a great time here last October come join us to see what early spring migrants may have arrived. 

Union Meadows Rec Area

March 14 Walk CANCELLED due to Weather

posted Mar 11, 2017, 4:36 PM by Mike Slater

New Years 2017 -Flash Bird Walk

posted Dec 27, 2016, 8:21 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated Dec 27, 2016, 8:25 AM ]

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If you aren't a participant in the Bernville Christmas Bird Count and still want to get out birding on New Year's Day, Ken Lebo will once again be leading a Flash Bird Walk. Meet at  8:00a m  at Brenneman’s Quarry. (You can start your year's list at your own bird feeder, sunrise is at 7:26 am!) 

We park down in the parking lot at Cacoosing Meadows Park' parking lot walk up Reedy Road to get a good view of the waterfowl in the water in quarry. The we will drive on to blue Marsh and other areas in Central Berks County (Roughly the same route we followed on the PSO field trip last March 1st.) 

We can end at the quarry. Ken will have his van and can take 6 others. If there are more or people want to be able to break off early they can follow in their own car. The plan is to finish up about noon back at Cacoosing Meadows and the Quarry.

IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER: the walk will be held on January 2nd. If in doubt chek with Ken at  klebo@dejazzd.com

4th Tuesday Bird Walk at Breneman's Quarry and more

posted Nov 21, 2016, 6:31 AM by Mike Slater

Hi BOC Members and Friends,

We will meet at 8 am at the parking lot at the west end of Cacoosing Meadows Park along Reedy Rd. at 8 am. and walk up to the Quarry overlook spot. Waterfowl have returned so we will probably move on to one or two other spots like State Hill Boat launch and/or Lake Ontelaunee also.

Who knows what the winds may have brought down. Maybe a Ross' Goose like this one I digiscoped at the quarry back in 2013 on November 23!

I hope to see a few of you there,
Mike Slater

Cacoosing Meadows PArking lot for the E.J. Breneman Quarry

2nd Tuesday Birdwalk - Nov. 8; 8:00-10:00 am

posted Nov 5, 2016, 6:38 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 7:15 AM ]

For this Tuesday's birdwalk we will visit the relatively new Buxton Conservancy Park in Brecknock Township. The trail is a loop of a little over a mile down the small valley through the woods and back up again. Woodpeckers and other woodland birds are especially prominent here on the well prepared and pleasant trail through tis recently established public park. The Reading Eagle has had several nice articles about the Buxton Conservancy Preserve.

Leader: Mike Slater
Location: Buxton Conservancy.  
        81 Fitterling Road, Brecknock Township
               -From the intersection of Routes 625 and 724 in Shillington/Kenhorst
               -Take PA 625 south for about 4.5 miles to Fitterling Rd..
               -Turn Left on Fitterling Rd. and go about 0.4 mile to the entrance which is a gravel lane on the right. There is a short driveway down to the parking lot.

        Notes: If you get to Sweitzer Road you have gone to far. 
                    Also there is No Parking allowed along Fitterling road.

Buxton Conservancy Park

4th Tuesday Bird Walk

posted Oct 23, 2016, 5:17 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated Oct 23, 2016, 5:21 AM ]

The walk will be at the Kernsville Recreation Area in the desilting basin and along the Cabela Trail. Meet at the parking lot at 8 am. 

Traveling north on PA Rte/ 61 from Reading,

Go past I-81 and turn right at the first traffic light onto Jetson Dr. (Across from Cabela's entrance)

Then turn right on Industrial Dr. go under the RR and then 

turn left on Kernsville Dam Road, Hamburg, PA, 

Park in the lot at the monument, approx. 150 feet ahead. 

(Note: the Dam area is CLOSED to the public for now and we will not be going there.)

Kernsville Recreation Area, Parking Lot


2nd Tuesday Morning Bird Walk

posted Oct 6, 2016, 3:14 PM by Mike Slater

We will be walking at the Union Meadows Recreation Area. 

This area is good for Migrating Sparrows and late landbirds as well as being along the Schuylkill River.

Meet at 8:00 am at the parking lot at Campbell Ford Road behind the "Fork and Ale" Restaurant (formerly "Tim's Ugly Mug" ) and right before Monty's Mulch if you are coming from Birdsboro on Rte. 724.

Union Meadows Rec. Area

Looking for Fall Migrants On Mt. Penn with Ken Lebo

posted Sep 24, 2016, 4:07 PM by Mike Slater   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 4:18 PM ]

Ken Lebo will lead a very short notice Flash birdwalk on Mt. Penn Sunday Morning September 25th.
We will be looking for Warblers, vireos, hawks and anything else flying south after todays cold front.

Time/Date: 8:00 am Sept 25th.

Meet Ken at the Parking lot at the intersection of List Rd. and Skyline Drive (the first side road north of the Fire Tower)

Skyline Dr & List Rd

4th Tuesday Birdwalk

posted Sep 23, 2016, 6:09 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 4:08 PM ]

Hi BOC Members

The rain is forecast to be over by dawn tomorrow, so it should be a good morning for the birdwalk at Green Hills Preserve.

I hope to see you there.  Mike Slater

Mike Slater will lead a flash walk on Tuesday September 27 at Green Hills Preserve in Robeson Twp.

Meet at 08:00 in the parking lot on Gunhart Rd.

Directions: This preserve is about 7 miles from downtown Reading. 

Driving from Reading 
-Get on I-176 south, 
-take the Green Hills exit, 
-turn left at the intersection with route 10, 
-turn right at the T intersection with route 568 (Kurtz Mill Rd.) 
-and turn right onto Gunhart Rd. 
-The parking lot is well marked and on your right. 
-This is the beginning of the trail.

The Preserve is owned by the Natural Lands Trust 

Green Hills Preserve Parking area

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