Join us on September 20, 2019 for a visit to the Rocky Point Bird Observatory (RPBO) at their Banding Station at Pedder Bay followed by observation of migrating raptors at East Sooke Regional Park. Pender Island Field Naturalists will car pool on the 7:45 am ferry to Swartz Bay.
After an hour drive we will join the volunteers at the Pedder Bay Banding Station. The banding station is carrying out two projects — the monitoring of northern saw-whet owls and migrating passerines. It is the only Pacific coast data contributor to the migrating passerine project. We can expect a lot of activity at the banding station in late September.
We then move onto the Aylard Farm entrance of the East Sooke Regional Park to participate in the annual hawk watch. The 20-minute hike to the viewpoint above Beechey Head requires sturdy footwear for the steep trail. The park is the stop over for south bound migrants before crossing the 29 kilometre stretch of open ocean in Juan de Fuca Strait. We can expect to see turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks. Other raptors that regularly stage there include peregrine falcon, merlin, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, northern harrier, osprey and bald eagle. We will head back to Sidney in time for the ferry at 6:40 pm. We are planning a full day so please bring a packed lunch.
If your are interested in joining us please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 6, 2019.