Counting Common Nighthawks

Leader or Speaker: 
Tom & Colleen Williams
Location of Event: 
Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Coordinators: Tom & Colleen Williams 857-2176 trwdsd [at] yahoo [dot] com

The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas.

In the Capital Region, the bulk of migration occurs from mid-August until early September with the peak around August 24-25th. Continuing an informal project that was begun in 2012, we will observe the skies each evening (weather permitting) between the 22nd and 24th of August, recording our sightings for a final summary. We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located on Rt. 155 (New Karner Road) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.