Field Trips to the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch, Sept 17 and 20

On Sunday, September 17, Hank Scarth will lead a second field trip to the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch.  This date and the already scheduled Wednesday, September 20 trip, fall within the the period of peak Broad-winged Hawk migration.  In addition to the potential of seeing thousands of Broad-wings, numerous other species of raptors will also be on the move.  You need no special skills or experience, just bring an interest in the spectacle of migration and a pair of binoculars and a camera, if you have them.  Todd Watts will share his experience and will advise on how to spot the birds for him to identify.

As numbers are limited to 12 for each trip, preregistration is required.  This also allows us to easily contact participants in the event that weather conditions are not favourable for migration.  It is a reasonably challenging 30 minute climb on a loose gravel road to the stunning views at the watch, so participants require a moderate level of mobility and fitness.  Preregister with Joanne Savage at davidsavage@rogers.com or call her at 847-4245.  She will advise on meeting times and locations in Saint John and St. Andrews.  We will be leaving the Saint John area at 07:45 and should be back by about 16:30.
The Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch is a project of the Saint John Naturalists Club and is supported by the NB Wildlife Trust Fund, private donations and the support of many volunteers.  

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This is currently the best place in Atlantic Canada to see and learn about migrating hawks. If you have an interest in nature and have never seen large kettles of Broad-winged Hawks, then sign up for this trip. As Hank mentioned, not only do we see large numbers of Broad-wings, we also observe numerous raptor species at this site (nineteen so far). In addition, we also see lots of non-raptor migrants. Rarities recorded here include Golden Eagles, Swainson's Hawk, Black Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawks (not really rare, but uncommon and difficult to locate), Snowy Owl, Greater White-fronted Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and more.

 

Sept. 7/17. 1:24 PM

The outing for Sept. 20 is fully subscribed.

The outing for Sept 17/17 has 7 spots unsubscribed.

Sept 7/17 2:52 PM

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