During the cold, dark days of Winter and early Spring, most birders dream about May — the month of Birds, yellow and green, blue and orange! The Migration! The early morning Dawn Chorus, and Walks in the Woods! We all have our favorite spring birding sites, and here’s a list of upcoming Field Trip Walks, sharing some of those favorite spots with you all!! Eileen Schwinn

Saturday, May 6 
Central Park’s Ramble
Leader: Katie Kleinpeter 
Located in the heart of Central Park, The Ramble is a destination not to be missed during spring migration! Join Katie on the LIRR train leaving from Ronkonkoma train station at 5:37 a.m. or meet her in the city at West 72nd and Central Park West at 7:30 a.m. There will be opportunities for coffee, food and bathrooms at The Boathouse in the park. We can plan on taking a 12:00 or 1:00 train home, but you can leave earlier or stay longer if you wish!
Please email Katie at so she knows to look out for you. She will provide her phone number for the day of the field trip and other last minute details.
Parking for the train station: There is a smaller north lot and larger south lot. Automated ticket booths are located at both sides and a teller is located on the north side only. The train leaves from the north side, track A. In addition to buying a train ticket, you will need to purchase 2 rides for the MetroCard/Subway. Seniors get a discount with a Medicare card. 

Wednesday, May 10, Meet at 7:30 A.M. 
Rocky Point DEC Property (Area 26)
Leader: Bob Adamo 
Bob Adamo will lead this quest for some of our “Flying Friends”. Meet at the east most parking lot for the DEC property located on the south side of the Route 25A Bypass, about 1/8 mile west of the fork you would take to get to the Route 25A Business district. Traveling from the east, this turn-off is just after the intersections of first, Randall Rd. and then, Ridge Rd. Coming from the west, the parking lot is the 2nd one you come to after having turned onto the bypass from Route 25A — a tad past “McDonalds”. Any questions, call or email me or cell (631) 905-7360, home (631) 369-1958 .

Saturday, May 13 – Meet at 9 am
William Floyd Estate 
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont   (Estate phone 631-399-2030) 
MaryLaura will be leading this walk in celebration of INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY. The Estate has a variety of habitats: woods, fields, creeks and marshes that offer a host of choices for the birds. They tend to settle in for a day or two to rest and feed on their migration north. We hope to catch a glimpse of various migrating birds – and maybe a few surprises Cleared pathways are the majority of walking areas for us, but ticks may be anywhere on Long Island – and this is no exception! The Main Entrance Gate is at 245 Park Drive, in Mastic Beach proceed to the parking area. 

​Wednesday, May 17 Meet at 8 am 
Hunters Garden, Eastport
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Located on the west side of Route 51 in Northampton (border of Brookhaven and Southampton Townships, just north of Sunrise Highway), Hunters Garden is a DEC managed area which is truly unique. Vernal ponds and dirt trails lead us in a rather hilly section of the South Shore. Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Vireos, Wood and Hermit Thrush, Gnatcatchers, as well as many warblers, are likely to be seen. Dress for ticks, and bring a snack/water. We will meet at the clearing at the end of the dirt road (which will have an open yellow gate), approximately one mile from the Route 51 “entrance”. Contact Eileen at for more information.

Wednesday, May 18 Meet at 7 am 
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: John McNeil
Located at 340 Smith Road in Shirley, on the Carman’s River, this Refuge has much to offer migrating and nesting warblers. This could be the peak day for migration in our area. Ospreys can be seen fishing here, and Eagles nest near by. Meet in the parking lot at 7 am. 

Saturday, May 20 - Meet at 9 am
Hallockville & Hallock State Park   
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont 
The Hallockville Farm Museum and State Park is located at 163 Sound Ave, in Riverhead. During peak migration, there is a good chance to see thrushes, vireos, warblers and more. We will walk past farm fields into the woods leading up to views of Long Island Sound. There is a $6 per person charge for this walk, which benefits the Hallockville Farm Museum Educational Program. Please call the Museum for information and a for a reservation at 631-298-5292

Thursday, May 25 - Meet at 7:30 am
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Byron Young & Eileen Schwinn 
Beginning at 7:30 am, we will meet in the parking lot of the Refuge, and walk the approximately one mile loop around the Ice Pond. Various warbler-loving habitats — pine woods, open fields, and tangled understory — will be explored. In past years, this hidden gem has had Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and even Yellow-throated Warbler, along with the expected nesting warblers and song birds! Almost guaranteed to be tick-free (the Wildlife staff makes sure the trails are wide and brush-free), this spot is a real winner! Contact Eileen at for more information.

Saturday, June 3 at SoFo - Meet at 8 am
South Fork Natural History Museum
Leader: Eric Salzman, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), Board of Directors
Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
On this joint walk, expert birder, composer, and author Eric Salzman will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and—especially—hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. Light refreshments will be served.
There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are required. Please call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 for reservations and directions to the Musuem.

All levels of naturalists, including beginners, are most welcome on Eastern Long Island Audubon field trips. 

Most trips are free to attend, however, sometimes 
the place we are visiting has a fee.

We try to make a note of it in the notice.

​Eileen Schwinn is the Field Trip Chair.


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