Free Hawk Watch Programs This Fall

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present a “Broad-winged Hawk Watch” this fall at Rocky Ridge County Park.

The program will take place at the North Overlook, accessible via the Oak Timbers Parking Area at Rocky Ridge. Participants can learn how to identify migrating birds of prey and understand why, and how, birds migrate. Please bring binoculars, field guides and a lawn chair.

Hawk watcher Randy Phillips will lead the first session, scheduled from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The theme is Broad-winged hawks. If lucky, participants will see “Kettles” of hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks soaring on their journey south.

Randy Phillips will return for a hawk watch from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, to spot various raptors.

Ken Orvis will serve as the host for the next program, slated to be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 12. The program will be repeated from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 19.

No registration is required, but groups of eight or more are asked to place a courtesy call to Nixon County Park at (717) 428-1961.

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