Welcome to the South Shore Bird Club of Massachusetts
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The South Shore Bird Club (SSBC) was founded in 1946 and the first members set out to explore and share the birds and birding habitats of the South Shore of Massachusetts.
We still concentrate on a variety of mainly local field trips. Many trips involve car-pooling.
In case of inclement weather please check back on this website or contact leader.
Non-members are always welcome.
Please read and adhere to the ABA birding code of ethics
Click the button for Current Program below, or scroll down to instantly see the next few trips.
Impromptu trips for members only will be advertised on our Google Group.
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Bare Cove Park, Hingham
Saturday, September 30, 2023, 7:00 AM, morning
Kathy Rawdon: 617-605-3773, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet: Entrance to Bare Cove Park across from the West Hingham T station on Fort Hill St. Drive in about .5 miles to parking lot
Several mile walk on mostly flat surfaces. Looking for later season migrants. This park is close to the ocean and could have some surprises.
Squantum Point Park, Quincy
Sunday, October 1, 2023, 7:00 AM morning
Dan O'Brien: 781-351-9444, email@example.com
Meet: Squantum Point Park, Mirwa Haul Rd.
We will explore Squantum Point Park primarily looking for songbird migrants, especially sparrows and later migrants like Blackpoll Warbler. With the right conditions we could see a “morning flight” of migrating birds as they attempt to cross over the Neponset River.
Monday, October 2, 2023, 7:30 AM
Lisa Schibley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet: 125 Manomet Point Rd., Plymouth, at Holmes Farm parking area (near kiosk just before first gate)
We will walk the farm road and mowed paths along the wood edge looking for migrants. After birding for an hour or so, we will walk up together to meet Evan at Manomet Headquarters, where we will get to see banded birds close up, talk about molts and plumage and watch a release. After the demonstration, participants will have a chance to bird the bluff and garden.
Outer Cape Cod, co-sponsored with Brookline Bird Club
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 6:00 AM
Glenn d'Entremont: 781-344-5857, email@example.com
Meet: Commuter lot behind McDonald's at intersection of Rts. 3 & 6, Scusset Rd. exit in Bourne
We will carpool from there and go to the Outer Cape. This trip usually tallies around 100 species from Canada Goose to House Sparrow, many times missing both!
Whale and Seabird Watch
Sunday, October 8, 2023, 11:30 AM
Brian Vigorito: 339-235-8219, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet: Plymouth Harbor, 10 Town Wharf, Plymouth
We will look for seabirds aboard the Capt. John's whale watch boat. At this time of year, we may see Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars or jaegers, in addition to lingering shearwaters. Pre-order your tickets for the 12 PM boat at: https://www.captjohn.com
Monday, October 9, 2023, 6:30 AM, all day
Pete Jacobson: 508-208-4702, email@example.com
Meet: Target parking lot in Wareham Target Plaza, 44 Tobey Rd., Wareham
Let's spend the day working our way down Buzzards Bay in search of any marsh birds that may be using the area as a stopover site. Bitterns, rails, and Saltmarsh, Nelson's, and Seaside Sparrows are possible. Waterproof/knee-high boots recommended.
Saturday, October 14, 2023, 8:00 AM
Bonnie Tate: 860-287-9925, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet: Parking lot near Powder Point Bridge guard house
Continuing fall migrants and early wintering waterfowl should be present. We will make our way down the bay and then cross over and come back along the ocean. We will also check the fields across from Blakeman’s for early Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs.
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 7:00 AM morning
Josh Bock: 773-750-9860, email@example.com
Meet: McCarthy Park, 44 Hospital Road, Medfield
This trip will focus on sparrows and other later migrants in and around the Medfield area, focusing on the Medfield State Hospital grounds. We will check fields, adjacent habitat, and riparian spots. This area is one of the most reliable locations in the state for Rusty Blackbird and is a regular stopover for migrant sparrows, including Lincoln’s, White-crowned, Vesper, and Clay-colored.
West Island, Fairhaven
Saturday, October 21, 2023, 6:30 AM morning
Jim Sweeney: 781-975-8299, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet: Northwest corner of Stop & Shop at the intersection of Rt. 6 and Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven
If conditions are good, we will spend some time at a fixed location during morning flight (with the goal of seeing and hearing arriving migrants). We will also look for shorebirds on the mudflats and spend some time exploring the West Island Reservation for migrant perching birds.
Sandy Neck, Barnstable
Monday, October 23, 2023, 6:30 AM (feel free to join us later since we’ll be near the parking lot)
Dan O'Brien: 781-351-9444, email@example.com
Meet: Sandy Neck Beach Parking lot, end of Sandy Neck Rd, Barnstable
We’ll hope to strike it big with scoters and other sea ducks that are traveling south. We should see at least some birds on the move, and depending on the wind and weather, we could see a large flight of birds. We’ll start by scoping from the beach near the parking lot and as the morning progresses we’ll venture out onto the beach and head back by the marsh trail (depending on weather conditions).
Martha's Vineyard, Hosted by Martha's Vineyard Bird Club
Saturday, October 28, 2023 Woods Hole Terminal, ferry leaves at 7:00 AM, planned departure from Vineyard Haven on 3:45 PM ferry
We'll take the ferry over and local MVBC experts will pick us up and lead us around the island, exploring the productive birding areas and if weather is favorable potentially looking for migrants. This will be an all-day trip returning via the 3:45 ferry. There is limited participation for this trip, please contact Shea Fee, 508 680-6450, firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.