Three Rivers Birding Club Outings

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 "Events Calendars".

If you are birding one of the areas listed below, download a PDF copy of the birding checklist provided and take it with you:

Outings are free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, contact the leader in advance to confirm whether the outing is on or canceled. Also, contact the leader with any questions about weather, driving directions, or trail conditions.

Below is a general statement that will be followed for all our outings. Also, the leader may have specific requirements that are stated in the outing description:

"It is our intention to follow the CDC and local county guidelines. We request that social distancing still be observed and encourage people not to share equipment. The leader may have other restrictions in place and can end a walk if an uncomfortable situation arises."

In the event of a late cancellation of or a change to any of our outings, please check the Three Rivers Birding Club Facebook page or the "Items of Interest" section of the Home page of this website for the latest information on outings, cancellations, and other events that could not make our newsletter's deadline.

3RBC Current Outings --- May 2024

    Friday, May 3, 2024 — Sewickley Heights Borough Park
    Baltimore Oriole

    Meet Sheree Daugherty ( for our second spring bird walk at Sewickley starting at 8:00 AM in the upper parking lot. Be prepared for muddy trails.

    This park is noted for having a variety of spring bird migrants such as warblers, vireos and other bird species surprises.

    See the 3RBC website for directions.

    Friday, May 10, 2024 — North Park
    Three Shorebirds

    We will meet our leader Adrian Fenton ( at the Gold Star Pavilion in North Park on Lake Shore Drive at 7:30 AM. GPS coordinates: 40.593884, -80.003844.

    We will bird Gold Star wetlands area, Marshall Lake, and, if time permits, part of Latodomi Nature Center.

    Adrian would like participants to email him at to let him know you plan to attend.

    Saturday, May 11, 2024 — Deer Lakes County Park
    Deer Lakes Park

    Meet Oliver Lindhiem ( and John Vassallo (( at 7:30 AM at the park. Although the trails are pretty well maintained, please dress for possible wet grass, mud and rainfall.

    Our meeting place will be at the parking lot in Deer Lakes Park at these GPS coordinates: 40.618722, -79.815371. From Creighton-Russellton Road, enter the park (Kurn Road), drive by two ponds on the right, then make a right turn and proceed to the last parking lot.

    Saturday, May 18, 2024 — Linda's Farm
    Yellow-throated Warbler

    Linda Croskey has invited us to visit her farm for this bird walk. We will meet at 8:00 AM at 882 Deer Creek Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 (GPS coordinates: 40.665712 -79.8923529). Location is northern Allegheny County in West Deer Township. There will be a sign at the end of the driveway. Across the road is Harvest Valley Farm.

    Linda's farm is comprised of a variety of natural habitats; several acres of goldenrod fields, farm fields with brushy edges, mature deciduous trees, plus several wildflower and milkweed meadows. This attracts grassland birds, warblers, and many spring migrants. Dress for ticks and bring water and snacks. Walking is mostly level along paths with a few hills over uneven terrain.

    For additional directions call Linda at 724-612-9963 or email her at

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Sunday, May 19, 2024 — Harrison Hills Park

    Meet leader Dave Brooke (724-487-3586) at 8:00 AM at this county park off Freeport Road between Natrona Heights and Freeport. Previous spring outings have produced a nice variety of migrants, including warblers and vireos.

    We will be meeting and starting our walk at the Rachel Carson parking lot near the pond. As you enter the park, bear right and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the road. Dress for wet grass and mud.

3RBC Current Outings --- June 2024

    Saturday, June 8, 2024 — Picnic at Harrison Hills Park
    3RBC Picnic

    We will hold our 3RCB picnic this year at Harrison Hills Park on Saturday, June 8th. This will be a bring your own lunch picnic starting at 12:00 PM at the Yakaon pavilion. The pavilion is located across from the Environmental Center. As you enter the park stay left, and then turn left at the first intersection, and go up the hill to the large parking lot.

    Prior to the picnic we will be having a bird walk starting at 9:00 AM. The walk will start at the Rachel Carson parking lot near the pond. As you enter the park, bear right and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the road.

    Saturday June 22, 2024 — Hunters Lane, Forbes State Forest
    Willow Flycatcher

    Our leader will be Mike Fialkovich (412-303-0010 cell), who will be taking us on his annual summer outing to the Laurel Highlands.

    For this outing, we will be returning to this productive trail in Forbes State Forest. This trail goes through various habitats including forest, brush, and a scrub wetland. Alder and Willow Flycatchers breed here along with various warblers, including Chestnut-sided, Blue-winged, Black-throated Green, and possibly Golden-winged. Other forest birds such as Scarlet Tanagers, Wood Thrush, and various vireos should be in the area. This will be a good opportunity for us to contribute data to the Pennsylvania Bird Atlas 3.

    The trail is level throughout, so it is easy walking. We saw a Black Bear on a previous outing to this site, so you never know what to expect! We will meet at the Sheetz off the Donegal Exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 7 AM. The trail is a five-minute drive from the Sheetz. Feel free to bring something to eat if you like for after the walk, and it is always a good idea to bring water. Note: there are no restroom facilities at the trailhead.

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Mission of 3RBC

To gather in friendship, to enjoy the wonders of nature and to share our passion for birds!

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Sherron Lynch, Tom Moeller, Brian Shema, and Chuck Tague