|E. Farlow, J. Wilson, N. Hawkins viewing from the Top|
FROM: Kennebecasis Naturalist Society - Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch 2014
Colin Pyette and I drove to Charlotte County to try our luck as observers for the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch. From Sussex it's a approximately an hour and 50 minute drive to the base of the mountain, located just outside St. Andrews, and a 50 minute climb (at least for us) to the observation site. It was well worth the climb for the view alone!
We spent the next four and a half hours with some very experienced birders: Jim Wilson (well known New Brunswick birder and past president of the NB Bird Records Committee), Hank Scarth (avid naturalist and past chairman of the NB Wildlife Council), Todd Watts (Project Coordinator and Official Counter for GMHW), plus two knowledgeable local observers. All these participants, quite frankly, amazed both Colin and me with their ability to not only spot these raptors from a great distance but their skill in identifying them at those distances.
Though the majority of the birds soared at quite a distance from our observation point several flew impressively low and their proximity to the group was much appreciate by all.
- During our stay we observed the following species:
- Bald Eagle
- Turkey Vulture
- Sharp-shinned Hawk
- Broad-wing Hawk
- American Kestrel
- Downey Woodpecker
- American Goldfinch
- Common Loon
I can honestly say that I observed more hawks on this outing than I've seen in total over my life time. It was an eye opener for me for I had no idea that such a place existed in New Brunswick. Todd Watt's knowledge and his ability to identify these birds so quickly was both amazing and humbling. He was also pleased to share what he had learned over the past 5 years on the top of that mountain. It was an enjoyable outing and I would recommend it to all outdoor enthusiasts.
|H.Scarth, T.Watts, C.Pyette, N.Hawkins|
|M.Macaulay, T.Watts, C.Pyette, N.Hawkins|