This is a joint trip organized by the Chesapeake Audubon Society to the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA. This 2600-acre sanctuary is a premier site to observe hawks migrating south in the Fall. Late-October/early-November is a prime time to observe Harriers, Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Golden Eagles. You can visit the Sanctuary's website to note the daily counts of these species observed from the rocky overlook ( http://www.hawkmountain.org/ )
Hurricane Sandy may make the hawk watching particularly interesting since the strong winds will sometimes push soaring birds far beyond their typical ranges. See this entry on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/hurricane-sandy-strategies
If you plan to participate (or are just interested in learning more about hawks!), you can download free .pdfs of 1) a guide to hawk silhouettes from the Eastern Hawk Watching Association: http://hmana.org/silhouette_guide/ ; 2) a chart describing the appearance and flight behaviors of various species: http://hmana.org/species/Hawk_ID_Chart.pdf and 3) a powerpoint presentation about identifying hawks http://www.hmana.org/read_article.php?id=12 .
This is a great opportunity for Photographers who want to capture hawks in flight.
The trip host, Hugh Simmons of Phoenix, Maryland is a nature photographer and Regional Director for National Audubon Society's Mid-Atlantic Region. Hugh also serves as Vice President of the Chesapeake Audubon Society; Chapter Relations Committee Chair of the Audubon Maryland-DC State Board.
There will be a car pool staging site from the Baltimore vicinity. For those wanting to car pool or caravan we will meet in the Baltimore area at 6:00am. The goal is to be at Hawk Mountian by 8:30am.
Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes, binoculars. The hawkwatch is often much colder and windier than in Baltimore or in the valley so dress accordingly.
An $8/person trail admission fee is charged by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
Contact the host of the trip, Hugh Simmons ([masked] or call[masked] ), for meeting location and time.