HMBC Event & Field Trip reminder- Sat./Sun., May 18-19

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Saturday, May 18, CENTURY RUN (NYS Region 8; all day)

Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@...

This is the Club’s 74th Guy Bartlett Century Run, where teams of birders try to find as many species of birds as they possibly can in a single day within the eleven county NYS Region 8. Each group must stay together and jointly identify species reported.

The Century Run is not so much a field trip, but a challenge where you or your group tries to identify as many birds as possible within a set 24-hour period. Groups informally compete for bragging rights, but the results do provide a good snapshot of what birds are out there in a single day. A good Century Run (so named for the goal of reaching a “century”, or at least 100 species) calls for proper planning to hit a wide variety of habitats at the right time. Some groups try to cover the whole HMBC area; others limit themselves to a smaller geographic area – a single county, town, etc. Also, there is nothing that says you can’t go out on your own, where you want and at your own pace, to see what you can find.

Reports should be emailed to the compiler by May 28th, in order to be counted and published in “Feathers”, the Club newsletter. Reports should include species, hours afield, team members, and geographical areas (counties) covered. Also, please send an e-mail to the HMBirds group (https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/messages) with the total number of species observed, and highlights for your group.

 

Sunday, May 19, SCHODACK ISLAND STATE PARK (Rensselaer County; morning)

Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@...

Schodack Island State Park sits along the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Castleton-on-Hudson. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. A portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to Cerulean Warblers, and a Great Blue Heron rookery. Resident songbirds are plentiful.

Previous Club trips have seen about 50 species, including a dozen or more warbler species. Keep your windows open as you drive along the park entrance, it is a very “birdy” stretch of road. Depending upon where the Cerulean Warblers are nesting, we will walk about 3-4 miles along level paths.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Schodack Island State Park main parking lot at its south end. There is no admission fee before 8:00 a.m.


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