COVID-19 Response Update, September 25, 2020: The HMBC Board has decided to cancel all club field trips until further notice. One possible exception to this may be the 2020 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs). Guidance from the National Audubon Society indicates that the decision whether or not to hold each count is up to the individual count compilers, and NAS recommends waiting until after November 15th to make that decision based on the pandemic conditions at that time. Announcement of the status of the three HMBC CBCs will be made after that date.  HMBC virtual programs will continue via Zoom until further notice. We will continue to monitor New York State Executive Orders and guidance related to social-distancing requirements. As the details of orders and guidance are revised, we will re-evaluate whether or not to hold subsequent events. Please check frequently for any updates. 


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Counting Common Nighthawks - members only

  • 25 Aug 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Updated guidance for Counting Common Nighthawk field trips August 24-27, 2020:

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club has decided to limit attendance to these four evening gatherings to Club Members only. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff will not be inviting guests as they have canceled their joint session. For club members attending, be prepared to maintain proper spacing with other participants, and please bring a face mask to wear in case you find yourself in a situation where you cannot do so. The events may also end earlier than normal, at 7:30 p.m. on some evenings. Be advised that the outdoor public restrooms are closed and unavailable. Thank you for your consideration. The original event listing follows.

Monday, August 24 through Thursday, August 27 COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 (8/24 & 8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176 (8/25 & 8/26)

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. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks often travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are also among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

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