The Joy of Winter Birding (Class and field trips starting 11/16)

Course Leaders
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 11/16/2021
Ending: 12/21/2021
Period of Day: Period 3
Course Fee: $50.00
Standard period time.

Course Description:

This course follows on from Joy of Birding, given in Spring 2021, but that course isn’t a pre-requisite. This course will introduce the beginner birder to the birds found in eastern Massachusetts in the winter. After two sessions describing bird species that we are likely to see in the field, there will be three field trips. I am excited to share my love of birding with LLIAC and hope you join me.

There are special requirements that you should consider carefully to decide if this course is for you. The field trips will take place in December, so expect cold weather. Because of logistical reasons, class size will be limited to 7. The plan is to meet on Tuesdays. The first two classes, on November 16 and November 30 on Zoom. The third class, on December 7, will be a field trip in a nearby backyard with bird feeders for easy birding and identification of the winter land birds. We expect to see up to 20 species. The following two classes, on December 14 and December 21, will consist of field trips that will each occupy a full day, from 8am to 4pm. These trips will be to Cape Ann (Gloucester and Rockport) and to the Salisbury/Newburyport area, including Plum Island and the Parker River Refuge. The purpose of these trip is to gain views of Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, and many other ducks and other seabirds, most of which cannot be seen in other seasons. Binoculars are required for the field trips, which will each involve less than two miles of walking on ground that is fairly even.

Books and Other Resources:

Birds of Eastern and Central North America, by Roger Tory Peterson or other suitable guide to birds seen in the eastern US

Course Leader Bio(s)

Jeffrey Zupan

I have been a birder since 1958 and have traveled locally and beyond to see birds. There are over 10,500 species of birds in the world. I have seen only a mere 1,900 plus and counting, but have seen just about all those we can expect to see in eastern Massachusetts. Professionally, I am an urban transportation planner, 90% retired. I taught The Joy of Birding at LLAIC last spring.