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Philly Stan PRO 10:00pm, 22 October 2006
While at Tyler State Park today, I met up with someone that just came back from Hawk Mountain, a wildlife sanctuary along the Appalachian Flyway in east-central Pennsylvania. It contains 8 miles of hiking trails, and the thrilling migration of nearly 20,000 hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn.

www.hawkmountain.org/default.shtml

I'll be planning a meet-up in early November, as there is a higher average of Bald Eagle sightings during this time.

It will be a combination of hiking and photography. Since no food or snacks are sold on the mountain, daypacks will be required. If your up to the Challenge, let me know.

Species listing at the bottom of link below.
www.hawkmountain.org/default/the_migration.htm
harmonious sink [deleted] 12 years ago
LOL Challenge with a capital C..

Sounds grand. When in November, though, because I have to house-sit my friend's house and watch the three pugs for a week in November. (the 4th - 11th, I think) They'll be fine in the house for the day, but they don't like being alone for so long. :(
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
The date is completely flexible, it really depends on the weather.
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Philly Stan PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Philly Stan (admin) 12 years ago
Additional note: Its a 1 mile hike to the North Lookout which is the Pinnacle of the trail. Another view from the sanctuary exhibits the 200 degree vista. This again is the North Lookout.
Wespionage PRO 12 years ago
This is one of those things that makes me realize I'm getting older, because I hear myself think "I haven't been to Hawk Mountain in 20 years".
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
@wespionage - Age is a state of mind.
harmonious sink [deleted] 12 years ago
So true.

Anyway, I've heard it get's really crazy there, with all the bird enthusiasts who flock there to check out the birds. So who knows what traffic/parking will be like, as well as trying to get pictures with 100s of people everywhere. I don't know if it's that crazy, just what I remember hearing from someone somewhere sometime ago..
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
@ Ursula - Yes, the guy I met said that it gets crazy during the migration seasons. I still can't belive that he hiked a mile to the North Lookout, but he also is a regular on the Appalachian Trail, so a day of climbing is probably nothing to him. Me on the other hand... :P

This might have to be a mid-week deal, and again weather is going to play a lot in the planning. The last place I want to be is a mile from camp and weather rolls in or worse!
wkmpellucid PRO 12 years ago
I'd go if I had my camcorder here instead of it being in western Pa.
I'd need the long throw of its lens to do the shooting there I'd like.
harmonious sink [deleted] 12 years ago
Oh, quit being such a wuss, Stan. hehe One lousy mile? C'mon, I can walk a mile in twenty minutes. And I've had my back and pelvis broken. :P

As for weather, if it rains, I can bring some trashbags to make rain coats. ;)
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
@wkmpellucid - When are you planning on getting your camcorder? If not for this trip, maybe you can get it for the spring migration!
Miss Plum 12 years ago
i'm down! i have never been there. i wonder what kind of nature photographer i am??
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
So far, next Monday is the first day the weather is supposed to clear and still be relatively warm.

The current forcast shows 56 and Sunny. At the peak, it will be 10 degrees cooler. Depending on your gear, we probably don't want to be there if the temp is below 50 degrees.

If the weather holds, I might go up early in the morning, but I have be home early for Photography class.

I spoke with a guy I work with that frequents the mountain and the hike to the North Lookout is about a mile, figure an hour hike. He equated it to walking up a continuous flight of stairs for the mile.

Stay tuned for more details.
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
LAST CALL...

I'll be going first thing tomorrow morning (Monday) as migratory birds have a tendency to come with the cold fronts.

I'll be scoping the site as a potential location for future meet-ups, stay tuned for reports...
harmonious sink [deleted] 12 years ago
Have fun! I'll be in the darkroom working on my latest shots, and maybe some older ones.
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Philly Stan PRO 12 years ago
So I went to hawk mountain for a good hike and to take pictures of migating eagles. Atleast the hike was good! User error on the photographers side yielded pictures that weren't note worthy.

For those interested, the hike is about a mile (only 30 minutes or so in the woods). Its only strenuous going up, down is a breeze!

Even on Monday morning at 8:30, there were about 20 people at the peak and by noon the trail was getting crowded. Snacks, drinks and sandwiches are available at basecamp.
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