STATE COLLEGE BIRD CLUB
2019 Fall Calendar for Bird Club meetings and field
and other birding events
Additional details of field trips may be posted to the State
College Bird Club listserv group.
Unless otherwise noted, all regular
meetings from November, 2019 through April, 2020 will be held at
7:00 p.m. at the Foxdale
Village meeting room.
September 25, 2019 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Ian Gardner will give a program on Confusing Fall Warblers
October 23, 2019 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Tessa Rhinehart will give a program titled "Using artificial
intelligence to identify and locate birds"
November 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village
Program: David Toews will give a program titled "Mistakes
Happen! Hybridization in Wood Warblers”
December 11, 2019 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village
Program: Carolyn Mahan will give a program titled "Use of Electric
Rights-of-Way by breeding birds in central
Pennsylvania: species richness and nest productivity”
Field Trips of the State College Bird Club
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (7:30am – 9:30am)
James Cleveland Memorial Trail
Join Julia Plummer for a beautiful and lush forest walk on the James
Cleveland Trail and surrounding Bald Eagle State Forest. The trail is
named after the late James Cleveland (who actually crashed his plane
on the top of this mountain outside of Center Hall, PA), and is known
for its peaceful and less crowded hikes. Participants will be led
through an easy to moderate (mostly easy) 1.5 mile trail in hopes to
find fall migrants. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a snack, and water. No
facilities. All members and non-members are welcome.
Directions: Traveling south on Rt 144 from Pleasant Gap, turn left
onto Greens Valley Road. Travel 3.5 miles to James Cleveland Memorial
Saturday, September 28, 2019 (7:30am-10:00am)
Walk at ChicoryLane Farm, Spring Mills, Pa
ChicoryLane Farm is now managed for wildlife habitat, including old
fields, young forest, and wetland. A network of many trails loop
around the property. Be prepared for some mud and wet grass. We will
look for a mix of resident and fall migrant birds. If rain is heavy,
we will cancel, but we will continue as scheduled with light rain.
Drive 20 miles east on Route 45 from Boalsburg then turn left onto
Brush Mountain Road. Continue about 0.7 mile until you see a straight
gravel driveway heading back to the right, at blue & white sign
#246, into old field habitat. You can navigate in your GPS to
40.875564, -77.549939. All members and non-members are welcome.
Trip Leaders: Joe Gyekis and James Lesher
Saturday, October 5, 2019 (10am -2pm, with option to leave
Bald Eagle Hawk Watch
Join Susan Braun and Jon Kauffman as they visit a first full time
count on Bald Eagle Mountain for great opportunities to observe
migrating raptors and songbirds. Participants will have the
opportunity to meet the counter, Kaitlin McGee, and learn how the fall
season is progressing and how to identify raptors in flight.
Bring a packed lunch, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, sunhat, and folding
chair. Site access involves a 0.5 mile walk on a well maintained
grass path. All members and non-members are welcome.
Directions: Meet at the Grays United Methodist Church (5687 Buffalo
Run Rd) along 550, one mile west from N. Atherton St. Participants
will carpool to hawk watch site.
Sunday, November 3, 2019 (8am-11am)
Bald Eagle State Park Field Trip for Northern Shrike and
Bob Snyder will lead a field trip to Bald Eagle State Park to look for
Northern Shrike, possible Snow Buntings, Fox Sparrows and (maybe)
American Tree Sparrows. We will also check out the lake at
several locations for waterfowl.
We will meet at the Milesburg McDonald's (gravel truck lot to form up)
at 8:00 AM, then drive to Lower Green's Run to look for
waterfowl and maybe get lucky with some Snow Buntings in the parking
lot. We will then check out various locations in the main park
area including, the marina and gravel boat lots, vicinity
of the Shrike Trail and Letterman campground, the beach, the
winter/spring boat launch launch area and Hunter's Cut/FJS Dam.
We will bird until 11:00 or longer if the activity is high.
Please dress to suit the conditions and bring water and a snack if
desired. There are primitive restrooms open at Lower Greens Run
and two other locations in the main park area.
If the weather looks like rain that Sunday, a decision will be made on
Friday, November 1, to cancel or reschedule the trip. All members and
non-members are welcome.
sponsored by groups other than the Bird Club
Christmas Bird Counts:
December 14, 2019 (Saturday): Penns
Creek Christmas Bird Count
December 15, 2019 (Sunday): State College Christmas Bird Count
December 15, 2019 (Sunday): Huntingdon Christmas Bird Count
December 28, 2019 (Saturday): Raystown Christmas Bird Count
December 29, 2019 (Sunday): Bald Eagle State Park Christmas
Migration Morning Bird
Walks at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Wednesdays this fall:
August 28, 2019
September 4, 2019
September 11, 2019
September 18, 2019
September 25, 2019
Fall Banding and Bird Walk Dates – The Arboretum at Penn State
BANDING: All banding takes place at the northwest
corner of the Hartley Woods field edge.
*Note time change beginning Oct. 4
*11 am ending time is approximate
*Precipitation or constant winds above 15 mph will result in
WALKS: All bird walks begin at the Arboretum’s
parking lot except for the walk on October 3**. Wear sturdy shoes for
walking on wet ground and bring a pair of binoculars if you have them.
All levels of experience are welcome. Walks will be cancelled with
** On October 3, bird walk attendees will meet at SGL 176 on Scotia
Range Road at the parking area on the left located 1.8 miles from the
intersection of Scotia Road and Scotia Range Road. For more
information, please contact Margaret Brittingham at email@example.com.
Banding Tuesday, September 3 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Thursday, September 5 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Friday, September 6 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Monday, September 9 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Wednesday, September 11 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Thursday, September 12 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Monday, September 16 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Wednesday, September 18 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Thursday, September 19 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Saturday, September 21 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Tuesday, September 24 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Friday, September 27 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Saturday, September 28 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Monday, September 30 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Thursday, October 3 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Friday, October 4 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Tuesday, October 8 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Thursday, October 10 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Saturday, October 12 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Monday, October 14 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Wednesday, October 16 7:30 am–11:00 am
Nick Kerlin, Leader for Banding
Margaret Brittingham, Leader for walks