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Bolivar Heights is location for hawk watch

By Staff | Sep 9, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a hawk watch in the Bolivar Heights section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The watch will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last two to three hours. It will be led by veteran birder Deb Hale.

The trip will focus on migrating hawks but migrating songbirds may also be seen.

The event is free and open to anyone with an interest. Children will be welcome. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. Easy registration is available on the Society’s website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

Participants will meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. From the Route 340 traffic light at the entrance to the National Park, turn north onto Washington Street and follow it for about mile, then turn north again (left) onto Whitman Avenue; the parking area is at the top of the hill.

Participants will watch and count hawks from a specific area near the parking lot. Most likely to be seen will be Broad-winged hawks, but other species may include Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned hawks. Osprey, Bald Eagles and Common Ravens, may also be sighted.

Since not much walking will be required this will be a good birding opportunity for those who are not able to participate in longer birding hikes.

Participants should dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water and insect repellent.

For more information go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-2346.