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.

Last Birdwalk of the Year, Tues. Nov. 27, 8:30 am

posted Nov 24, 2018, 3:11 PM by Mike Slater   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 11:56 AM ]

Meet at the Swiftwater Parking Area at Blue Marsh at 8:30 am. Leader:  Liz Cates (subbing for Sue Wolfe)

It's Deer Hunting Season - Wear Blaze Orange for safety!

 Take Swiftwater Lane (a small no-outlet road) off Palisades Drive (Between Reber's Bridge Rd. and The Stilling Basin Rd.) and meet in the public parking lot at the end (Not the "Fish Pond" parking lot beyond on the private Rd.)

The walk is an easy unpaved road/trail along the Tulpehocken Creek.

Swiftwater Parking Area


Bird trip to the Koch property canceled - Oct 14

posted Oct 13, 2018, 6:24 AM by Mike Slater

Matt W. is om crutches and unable to lead the trip to Arlene Koch's property for sparrows, etc. so the walk scheduled for Oct 14 is canceled.

2nd Tuesday of Oct. bird walk

posted Oct 3, 2018, 3:38 PM by Mike Slater

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Rudy Keller will lead a birding walk, meeting at Union Meadows off route 724, on Tuesday the 9th. Meet in the parking lot at 7:30 am. This is a great opportunity to see sparrows and late migrating birds.It is a flat walk of about 1 and 3/4 miles.

2nd Tuesday at the State Hill Hawkwatch

posted Sep 7, 2018, 7:49 AM by Mike Slater

Meet Art Tucker at the hawk watch at the top of the State Hill Boat Ramp drive off Brownstown Road at Blue Marsh
Tuesday Starting at 10 am.

Bring a folding chair, sunscreen and your binoculars!

State Hill Boat Launch top arking lot

4th Tuesday bird Walk along the Tulpehocken Creek

posted May 20, 2018, 8:16 AM by Mike Slater

For this Tuesday's bird walk Katrina Knight has chosen a place with a paved parking lot and trail that won't be muddy - the trail along the Tulpehocken Creek. We'll meet by the Berks County Heritage Center and people can park there or in the lot on the other side of Red Bridge. We'll look for breeding birds like Warbling Vireos and orioles and maybe some late migrants as well. Meet Katrina at the Parking lot of the Berks Heritage Center at 8 am. (Map Below)

Berks County Heritage Center

Shartlesville Bird Walk

posted May 7, 2018, 3:30 PM by Mike Slater

MAY 13, 2018 (Sunday)
State Game Lands #110, Shartlesville, 7 AM
This walk always produces interesting migrants and returning breeding birds.
Meet at Parking Lot 1.
Coordinator: Kerry Grim

SGL 110 Parking lot #1

2nd Tuesday Bird Walk - May 8 at 7 :00am

posted May 5, 2018, 5:49 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated May 5, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

Linda Ingram and Rudy Keller will lead the 2nd Tuesday bird walk on May 8 at 7:00 am on a section of the Schuylkill River Trail from Morlatton to Monocacy. This is an easy trail walk and a variety of habitats.

7:00 am
meet at the Morlatton Village Schuylkill River Trail -Trailhead parking lot 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville, PA 19518-1838, United States

Morlatton Trailhead parking 31 Old Philadelphia Pike

The parking lot is on your left at end of road and is well signed, Easy walking, trail crosses the Schuylkill River then continues adjacent to the canal

Hay Creek Bird Walk -4th Tuesday

posted Apr 21, 2018, 5:49 AM by Mike Slater

Birding outing on Tue Apr. 24 at Hay Creek.- Meet at the south side of the closed Section of what was route 82
- Dir. From traffic light in Gibraltar at intersection of Rte 724 and 568. 
  • Take rte 568 to first left White Bear Rd. Take this road to Hay Creek Rd.  Approx. 5 mi. 
  • Make left on Hay Creek Rd. Go past sign "Road Closed Ahead" to closed gate. Park on side of the road
Leader Russ Hoffman at 484-794-7053


2nd Tuesday Bird walk- Union Meadows

posted Apr 5, 2018, 5:19 PM by Mike Slater

April 10, 2018, 8 am to about 10:30 am  Leaders: Linda Ingram and Rudy Keller

Union Meadows Park, East

4th Tuesday Birdwalk at Green Hills Preserve

posted Mar 22, 2018, 8:19 AM by Mike Slater   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 6:21 PM ]

Art. Z. will lead a bird walk at Green Hills Preserve at 8:30 am on March 27..
The Preserve's parkinglot is on Gunhart Rd. in Robeson Twp. (The address for your GPS is 553 Gunhart Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540)

Green Hills Preserve, Natural Lands Trust

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