Guided Birding Hikes

Summer/Fall Migration & Fall Ducks 2022


Bird populations explode over summer as fledgling birds leave their nests. They typically look very different from the adults and are often still begging to be fed so the energy can be intense as migratory birds rush to complete the nesting process by preparing their offspring.



Pre-registration is required for all events, group size limited to 12:


Saturday, Aug 27, 7:00am-9:30am, Fledgling Guided Birding Hike@ Venetucci Farm. This time of year is a grab bag of early migrants and fledgling birds getting ready for winter and, for some, migration.

Saturday, Sept 10, 8:00 am- 9:30 am, Guided Birding Hike @ Manitou Lake.  Migration is well under way by now and so there’s the potential for a surprise around every corner. The park charges $8 per car, bring check or exact change in cash. My fee for this outing is only $12/person.

Saturday Sept 24, 8:00am-10:30am, Guided Birding Hike, Venetucci Farm: last outing to Venetucci Farm for 2022!

Saturday Oct 1, 8:00am-9:30am, Guided Birding Hike, Cross Creek Park; Free Sponsored by the park.

Saturday Nov 5, 8:00am-9:30am, Guided Birding Hike, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park.

Saturday Nov 12, 8:00am-9:30am, Guided Birding Hike, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park

Saturday Dec 3, 8:00am-10:30, Guided Birding Hike, Prospect Lake,  My last guided birding outing for 2022!

To Register: Please email David Rudin:, and provide date, number of participants and names. Payment will be due the morning of the event payable by check made out to David Rudin or Cash (Exact Change please).  Hikes will go rain or shine.

Note: I will send out outing details and directions the week before each outing.


Cost: $15/adult, $10/college student, $7/children (children 5 and under are free), unless noted otherwise

For Questions: Email: David Rudin,,  or call 719-648-9324. 


Special Notes: Please bring binoculars and bird identification books. The walking will be moderate, unless otherwise noted, but please plan on trail hiking. Wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and using bug spray is recommended to keep biting flies at bay during warm weather.