HMBC Field Trip reminders- Sat./Sun., Sep. 18 & 19th


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Saturday, September 18, HAWK WATCHING AT THACHER STATE PARK (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: Tom and Colleen Williams twill0526@...

We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, so be ready to duck...lol.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Key Bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland. Map and full info at this link:  https://hmbc.net/event-4381075


Sunday, September 19, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK (Saratoga County; morning)

Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd naomi_kestrel@...

Picnic table graveyard? Hardly! Explore this very productive area at the south end of Saratoga Spa Park. From weedy brush lot to capped landfill, and through woods, this spot has earned attention as a haven for migrants in its many edge habitats. Expect warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and vireos. The path is level and mostly gravel.

 

Meet at 8:00am at the Carlsbad parking area. From Rt. 50 or Rt. 9, take East-West Road through the south end of the Park. Carlsbad parking lot is just west of the Peerless Pool lot. Admission is charged after 8:30 so please be prompt. Map and full info at this link:  https://hmbc.net/event-4381080