Hills Creek State Park Bird Walks. Tiadaghton Audubon will continue to lead bird walks at Hills Creek State Park every Saturday morning through the month of May at 8:00 AM. The walks take about two hours and cover a variety of habitats. May weather is usually delightful, wildflowers are in bloom, and a large variety of birds are often seen. The walks are free, pre-registration is not required, and everyone is welcome. Birders of all levels are sure to see something of interest. Please bring binoculars and wear subdued clothing and sturdy shoes. Meet at the park office.
Despite a lot of cold and blustery weather, the April bird walks had record turnouts, varying from 11 to 22 participants. Bald eagles and ospreys put on aerial displays over the lake for nearly every walk, and fallouts from blustery cold fronts in mid-April resulted in record numbers of common loons, horned grebes, lesser scaups, and other waterfowl appearing on the lake. Some of the highlights for April included a northern harrier over the upper campground area, several flocks of Bonaparte gulls, and a large flock of long-tailed ducks. The warbler migratiion is well underway, and several species have already been noted in the park. Other colorful land birds such as orioles and grosbeaks have arrived as well. Next couple of walks should be very productive and pleasant.
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Meetings are held September through May on the third Wednesday of each month at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center on 134 Main Street next to the Green Free Library in Wellsboro. A board meeting takes place at 6:30, and the general meeting is at 7:30; all are welcome.
(Updated 14 May 2013.)
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