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Audubon hawk watch Nov. 10

By Staff | Oct 26, 2012

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a hawk-watching trip to Snicker’s Gap on the Clark/Loudoun county line in nearby Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 10. It will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. No pre-registration is needed.

Those who wish to carpool should meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Martin’s supermarket in the Jefferson Crossroads Shopping Center just off Route 340 east of Charles Town. Or meet at Snicker’s Gap at 9:30 a.m. (From Charles Town take Route 340 south to Route 7. Take Route 7 left [east] about 9 miles; turn right [south] on Route 601. The hawkwatch area is a commuter lot on the right just after intersection.)

The trip will focus on migrating hawks. In November, Golden eagles; northern goshawks; and rough-legged, red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks may be seen here.

Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

The trip will canceled in the event of rain because hawks do not fly in such weather.

Full details can be found on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org. For more information, including plans if rain is forecast, contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.