Sep 27 2012

Birding Opportunities Through October

Published by at 7:14 am under Books & Events

There are plenty of birding opportunities in the month of October.  Here are a few that came across my desk in the last week.

Hawk Watch:
October is a great time to watch hawks, falcons and eagles on their southward journey.  Click on the embedded links for details:

Three Rivers Birding Club holds outings almost every week.  Summarized below are the outings through October.  Click here for September details and here for October’s information.
Saturday, September 29 – Harrison Hills Park – leader: Jim Valimont, 8:15 AM
Saturday, October 6 – Presque Isle  – leader: Shawn Collins, 9:00 AM
Sunday, October 7 – Frick Park – leaders: Jack and Sue Solomon, 7:30am
Saturday, October 13 – Pymatuning Area – leader: Bob VanNewkirk, 9:00 AM
Sunday October 28 – Moraine State Park – annual Three Rivers Birding Club picnic and bird walk, 8:00 AM.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania holds outings at their three locations: Beechwood Farms Nature Center, Todd Sanctuary and Succop in Butler, Pennsylvania.  I’ve summarized the birding activities below but be sure to follow this link to the calendar and sign up online:
Friday, September 28 – Discovery Morning Walk at Todd Sanctuary
Wednesday, October 3, 9:00am – RADical Days Senior Hike at Beechwood
Wednesdays in October 10 through 31, 9:00am – Discovery Morning Walk at Beechwood
Thursdays in October 11 through 25, 9:00am – Discovery Morning Walk at Succop, Butler, PA

Pleasant Hills Arboretum Fall Bird Walks:
Bob Mulvihill will lead a series of bird walks at Pleasant Hills Arboretum on Saturdays: September 29, October 13, and October 20.  Meet at the Arboretum parking lot on West Bruceton Road at 8:00am. Walks will last one to two hours.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.

 

Grab your binoculars.  See some birds.  :)

(photo from Wikimedia Commons.  Click on the image to see the original)

 

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3 Responses to “Birding Opportunities Through October”

  1. Rob Protzon 27 Sep 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Another good location to watch hawk migration is Bear Rocks in the Dolly Sods Wilderness near Canaan Valley WV. I don’t know if there are any organized hawk watches, but it’s a beautiful place, if a bit far from Pittsburgh. The plus side is that there are lots of other attractions nearby, including Blackwater Falls, Seneca Rocks, and Spruce Knob. The Western Pa Conservancy used to do trips down there; my first trip was in 1982.

    See

    http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/westvirginia/placesweprotect/bear-rocks-preserve.xml

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_Rocks_Preserve

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_Sods_Wilderness

    All of these have good pix.

  2. Steve Valasekon 28 Sep 2012 at 9:50 am

    Any thoughts on birding opportunities for the end of November? We’ll be back for Thanksgiving and I may try to get away for a morning. Maybe go on a search for a Snowy Owl.

  3. Kate St. Johnon 29 Sep 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The end of November its often good for golden eagles at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, but check the weather for Central City before you go. Also check the Three Rivers Birding Club & AWSP websites for their November schedules.

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