Hawks are topic at Saturday open house

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Oneonta — Thousands of raptors of 15 species are counted moving south each fall as they concentrate along the ridges overlooking Oneonta. The Franklin Mountain Hawk Watch is in its 25th year surveying hawks and eagles migrating past the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s (DOAS) wildlife sanctuary in the Town of Davenport.
Volunteers count hawks, eagles and vultures passing the site on most days from late August through December. Recently the site set a new record for a single species in one day with 916 Broad-winged Hawks counted on September 17. The site is noted for its flights of Golden Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks. In some years over 200 Golden Eagles and more than 2000 Red-tailed Hawks have been recorded passing the site on their way south. The best flights generally occur on days with north or northwest winds, usually following cold fronts.
On Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DOAS will host a open house at the sanctuary. At 9:30 a.m., the DOAS board will dedicate the Bob and Jean Miller Memorial Bench at the hawkwatch mound.
At 10:30 a.m., there will be a 45-minute beginners workshop on identifying flying hawks. A trail walk will leave the barn at 11:30 a.m. and will cover most of the sanctuary grounds.
At 1 p.m. Trisk Marki from The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York will present a variety of live owls. This program is very interesting for birder watchers of any age. The hawk watch will be staffed through the day and refreshments will be served at the barn.
For more information on the hawk watch visit http://www.doas.us/ or contact Tom Salo at 607 965-8232 or or salothomas@gmail.com or Andy Mason at 607 652-2162 or andymason@earthling.net.