Throughout the year, we have many outings to locations in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For a more comprehensive calendar of birding and other Western Pennsylvania natural history outings and outdoor activities of other groups, see the links at the bottom of this page under the heading of "Event Calendars".
3RBC Current Outings April 2017
Saturday April 1 - Yellow Creek State Park
Meet Margaret Higbee (724-354-3493) at the park office at 8:00 AM for this joint outing of the 3RBC and the Todd Bird Club. The park office is located on Route 259 just off Route 422 east of Indiana. Allow approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from Pittsburgh. Yellow Creek State Park has been the prime outing location for the Todd Bird Club since the club was created. The park contains a wide variety of habitats and a large lake that attracts a wide variety of species.
Wednesday April 12 and April 19 - Woodcock Walk
Meet leader Tom Byrnes (724-715-7184) at the Ladbrokes (now The Meadows) parking lot behind the Primanti Brothers restaurant off the Harmar exit 11 of Route 28. We will carpool and drive a short distance to a field in Harmar Township that has produced lots of American Woodcock in the past several years. Be prepared for a muddy walk and bring a flashlight. Before going to the field, we will check the Great Blue Heron nest, which in previous years was an exciting find on this trip. Meeting time will be 7:00 PM.
Saturday, April 22 - Raccoon Creek State Park
This is a joint bird, wildflower walk and picnic with the Brooks Bird Club, which is based in West Virginia. Ryan Tomazin (412-220-9726, (email@example.com) will be leading the bird walk. We will meet at the Roadside Picnic Area West at 9:30 AM. We will drive to the beach and around the lake after checking out the picnic parking lot area. Lunch will be between 12:30-1:00, and will be potluck. Please bring a dish to feed 6-10 people (at least), and bring your own plates, cutlery and drinks. There are ample picnic benches there under the giant oaks.
If there is any interest, and if the weather holds, we can bird and botanize the Wildflower Reserve. It should be the perfect time for wildflowers.
If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please feel free to contact Ryan either by phone or by email. Hope to see you there!
Directions: From Pittsburgh take Route 22/30 and exit at Imperial. Take Route 30 west to the Raccoon Creek State Park entrance, and drive through the park to the Roadside West picnic area. In case of inclement weather, we should be able to use the center at the Wildflower Reserve.
Friday April 28 - Sewickley Heights Park
In collaboration with the Fern Hollow Nature Center, Bob VanNewkirk (412-366-1694 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) will lead this bird walk at Sewickley Heights Borough Park. The walks begin at 7:30 AM starting from the upper parking lot. Directions to the park can be found on the 3RBC's website (http://www.3rbc.org). Birders should be prepared for muddy trails. It is also advisable to bring water and a lunch. Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Warbling Vireo nest in the area.
Saturday April 29 - Frick Park - Environmental Center
Jack and Sue Solomon (412) 521-3365 will lead this walk in Frick Park, starting at 8:00 AM. We will meet at the newly rebuilt Frick Environmental Center located at 2005 Beechwood Blvd, in Squirrel Hill, 15217. Frick can be an excellent migrant trap and, as usual, we're hoping for lots of warblers.
Sunday April 30 - Schenley Park
Meet our leader Kate St. John (email@example.com) at 8:00 am at the Schenley Park Bartlett Shelter. It is located at the intersection of Panther Hollow Road and Bartlett Street. Here's a link to the Google map for Bartlett Shelter: Bartlett Shelter
This outing will coincide with her normal blog-outings schedule of last-Sunday in the month (excepting Dec, Jan and Feb).
Sunday April 30 - Riding Meadow Park (Fox Chapel)
Meet Cecelia Hard (412-759-9565) inside the park entrance at 8 AM. Be prepared for muddy trails & wet grass. Expect local birds and a variety of migrants in varied habitat.
Directions: From PA-28 take Exit 8 for Freeport Rd. Turn left onto Fox Chapel Rd (1.1 mi). Slight left onto Squaw Run Rd (1.1 mi). Turn right onto Squaw Run Rd East (0.8 mi). Riding Meadow Park will be on the left. From the north, take Fox Chapel Rd, turn right onto Squaw Run Rd East, go past Shadyside Middle School and the entrance to Christ Church. The park will be on the right.
Park in the lot directly opposite the entrance to the park. GPS coordinates: 40.523676, -79.891976
3RBC Current Outings May 2017
Wednesday May 3- Linbrook Woodlands
Join Bob Van Newkirk (412-366-1694 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) for a bird outing to Linbrook Woodlands at 8:00. Linbrook Woodlands is a recently purchased 168 acre Allegheny Land Trust property is located in Franklin Park Borough. The Woodland's features include steep wooded ravines, trails, many springs and frontage along Big Sewickley Creek. Warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, and vireos will be targeted. Bring a lunch, snack and water. Porta Johns are available.
Directions to Linbrook Woodlands:
From Pittsburgh - Take I-279 North to the Wexford exit. Turn left onto Route 910 and follow approximately one mile to T intersection. Dragun's Nursery will be on the left. At intersection turn right onto Rochester Road. Follow Rochester Road for about 1/2 of a mile and turn right onto Big Sewickley Creek Road. Follow Big Sewickley Creek Road approximately 3/4of a mile and turn left into Linbrook Park where you will see the park's sign. The parking lot is on the right side bordering a ball field.
From the North - Take I-279 South to the Wexford exit. Turn right onto Route 910 and follow approximately one mile to T intersection. Dragun's Nursery will be on the left. At intersection turn right onto Rochester Road. Follow Rochester Road for about 1/2 of a mile and turn right onto Big Sewickley Creek Road. Follow Big Sewickley Creek Road approximately 3/4 of a mile and turn left into Linbrook Park where you will see the park's sign. The parking lot is on the right side bordering a ball field.
From the East - Take Route 910, and proceed straight through intersection at I-79 and follow approximately one mile to T intersection. Dragun's Nursery will be on the left. At intersection turn right onto Rochester Road. Follow Rochester Road for about 1/2 of a mile and turn right onto Big Sewickley Creek Road. Follow Big Sewickley Creek Road approximately 3/4 of a mile and turn left into Linbrook Park where you will see the park's sign. The parking lot is on the right side bordering a ball field.
Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 - Barking Slopes
Todd Hooe (email@example.com; 412-805-6909) will lead us on an outing to Barking Slopes along the Allegheny River above Oakmont. Given the difficult terrain and sometimes narrow and undeveloped trails in parts of Barking Slopes, as well as limited parking, two separate walks, each with a target of 12-15 individuals, is scheduled. One will be on May 6th and a second on May 7th. Please email or text message Todd with your interest in either of these walks.
Possible Species: 40-60 species is common in May including American Kestrel, Common Raven, Yellow Breasted Chat, a variety of Warbler, Flycatcher, Sparrow, Thrush & Vireo species, Orchard & Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
May 6th (7:00AM-12:00PM): This walk will be an extensive exploration (Approximately 5 miles of hiking) of the upper portion of the property. There will be hiking through potentially difficult terrain including narrow paths, steep climbs, loose rock and gravel, dirt, grass and possibly muddy trails. We will bird for up to 5 hours depending upon weather and conditions.
May 7th (7:30AM-11:30PM): This walk will be an exploration (approximately 3 miles of hiking) of the easier trails of the upper portion of the property. There will be some uphill climbs but much of the time the trails will be relatively flat, wide and made of grass, gravel, or dirt surfaces. Some mud is possible depending on rainfall amounts. We will bird for up to 4 hours depending upon weather and conditions.
Important Reminders: Once we depart from the parking lot, we will not return until the end of the walk. There are no public restrooms. Bring water and packed food/snack items. There are ticks, poison ivy, plants with thorns, spines and prickles. Dress appropriate for the weather. Long pants and hiking boots/shoes are necessary.
Parking GPS Coordinates: 40.529130, -79.792003 (Coxcomb Hill Road)
Sunday May 7 - Tom's Run Nature Reserve
David Yeany (814-221-4361) will lead us on a field trip to Tom's Run Nature Reserve, 317 acres in Kilbuck and Ohio Townships acquired by WPC in several parcels between 1977 and 1991. The property offers some rough trails, which WPC stewardship staff are working to improve, and includes some nice oak and northern hardwoods forest as well as some forest which has been heavily impacted by invasive understory shrubs like multiflora rose. Parking for Tom's Run Nature Reserve is located along Tom's Run Rd, just east of I-79 and northwest of Emsworth in Allegheny County.
We should be able to find a variety of migrant songbirds - warblers, thrushes, vireos and more. Let's meet Dave at 6:30AM, he does not want us to miss the dawn chorus!
Here is a google map of the property location: here Travel North on Route 65 past Emsworth and before the entrance to 79 where Tom's Run Road is on the right. Travel Tom's Run Road just to past Duff road to enter the parking lot. GPS:40.5223963,-80.1099652.
Friday May 12 - Sewickley Park Note Date Change!!
In collaboration with the Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sheree Daugherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) will lead this bird walk at Sewickley Heights Borough Park. The walks begin at 7:30 AM starting from the upper parking lot. Directions to the park can be found on the 3RBC's website (http://www.3rbc.org). Birders should be prepared for muddy trails. It is also advisable to bring water and a lunch. Besides birding in the park we will drive and make stops along Little Sewickley Creek. Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Warbling Vireo nest in the area.
Saturday May 13 - Harrison Hills
Meet leader Jim Valimont (412-828-5338) at 8:00 AM at this county park off Freeport Road between Natrona Heights and Freeport. As you enter the park, bear right and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the road. The parking lot is near the pond. Dress for wet grass and mud. Previous spring outings have produced a nice variety of warblers, Philadelphia and Yellow-throated Vireos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers. See 3RBC birding locations website for directions.
Saturday May 20 - Presque Isle
This trip to one of Pennsylvania's greatest birding locations will be led by Bob Van-Newkirk (412-366-1694 or email at email@example.com). Meet at 8:00 AM at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. From Pittsburgh, take I-79 North until it ends. Take the exit for Route 5 West (also called West 12th Street) and continue for about one mile. Turn right onto Route 832, which leads directly into the park. Allow 2.5 hours driving time. The migration should still be well underway, but you never know what to expect here. Presque Isle has produced some of Pennsylvania's best (and only) records of some rarities. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday May 20 - Breeding Birds of Crawford County
We will be visiting several of Shawn Collins' favorite spots around Game Lands 213. We will meet at 9:00AM. These locations have always turned up great birds on territory. Our targets will be Virginia Rails, Sora, Marsh Wren, Common Gallinule, Red Headed Woodpecker, Cerulean Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Black Throated Green Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Blue Wing Warbler, plus various Vireos, Swallows, Flycatchers, waterfowl, Cranes, etc. A nice picnic area at Ernst Trail (Geneva location) is where we will have lunch. Please bring a packed lunch. We will bird around the grassland and large pond after lunch. This area hosts many sparrows, Wood Ducks, Blue Wing Warblers, etc. After Lunch we will continue on the other side of the gameland...and if anyone wants to visit Miller's Pond area afterwards, we can go hunt for the numerous Upland Sandpipers that call route 285 their home.
Take I79 North until you get to the Geneva/Cochranton Exit. Exit here. Once you get off the exit, turn LEFT. There will be a flashing Red Light...go THROUGH the Red Light, and on the Left hand side after you go through that light there is a PARK AND RIDE (It's a gravel lot). Pull in here and we will meet and carpool. The Lot is right after you go through the flashing Red light...you cannot miss it. Any questions email Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 412-721-2526.
Rain date Saturday - June 3rd
3RBC Current Outings June 2017
Saturday June 24 - Ohiopyle State Park
Come to the Laurel Highlands to enjoy birds of the mountain forests with leader Mike Fialkovich. We will explore the shores of the Youghiogheny River, forests and meadows of this scenic state park. Expect to see various warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a Barn Swallow and Cliff Swallow nesting colony and more.
We will meet at the Dairy Queen at the Donegal Exit (#91) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 7:00 am. The park is 20 miles from the meeting place. Allow 45 minutes driving time from the Monroeville Exit of the turnpike to the meeting location at Donegal. If you are familiar with the park, you can meet the group at the Fern cliff Peninsula parking lot at 7:30 am.
From the Pittsburgh area, take the Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Exit #91 Donegal. Once through the toll booths, turn left onto RT. 31 East. Travel a short distance to the Dairy Queen on the left. Restrooms are available at a McDonalds and the gas station across from the Dairy Queen. Ohiopyle State Park website here