COVID-19 Response Update, June 1, 2020: The HMBC Board has decided to cancel all Club field trips through August 2, 2020. The June 1 meeting was also canceled, but the scheduled program will be presented at a later date. 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 hmbc.net frequently for any updates.

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Counting Common Nighthawks

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

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

Coordinators: Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@aol.com (8/24 & 8/27) and Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176 trwdsd@yahoo.com (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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