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Hawk Watching at Hawk Mountain, PA with Chesapeake Audubon Society

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 ( )

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:

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: ; 2) a chart describing the appearance and flight behaviors of various species:  and 3) a powerpoint presentation about identifying hawks  .

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.

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  • Hugh S.

    Outstanding. We had several good looks at Golden Eagles, Northern Goshawks, Sharp-shinned hawks, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Common Loons, Red-shouldered hawks, and lots and lots of Red-tailed hawks.

    November 5, 2012

  • Joan B.

    Wonderful place. Nice place to do short rock climbing trails. Short hike climbs to good views, with other difficult climbs extending off of them. From my unknowing point of view, I thought I was going to see birds more clearly. These were a long way off. But very much worth the trip. Nice little raptors show at center. We went on our own to leave later.

    November 5, 2012

  • Hugh S.

    The Hawk Mountain website says that this weekend should be "ideal for migration". NW winds and temps in the 50s. In addition to the items to bring listed above a pad of some sort or light folding stool/chair is a good idea. The rocks are hard and cold.

    November 1, 2012

  • Hugh S.

    Hawk Mountain is up and running after Sandy. Sandy stalled migration for a lot of birds and could have blown others off their regular migration route so an interesting flight is possible. The Hawk Mountain website says "We hope the super storm brings a super flight for the weekend"

    October 31, 2012

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