Trip Reports
Franklin Mountain, Oneonta, Otsego County — October 5, 2014
posted 6/2/15 ~ video added 9/9/15

Note: This field trip was sponsored by theĀ Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, a NYSYBC Partner. Many thanks to DOAS and especially to our trip leaders, Andy Mason and Tom Salo for their time and expertise in organizing and leading this trip.

Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch, photo by Carena Pooth
Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch

We had high hopes for Golden Eagles. But, alas, sometimes birding is like that! We missed them by a day or two, and on our day the migrants were sparse; in fact birds overall were quiet and hard to find.

All the same, as birders will do, we all enjoyed hanging out together, spotting whatever birds we could and learning from Andy and Tom what makes this place a good bet for seeing migrating raptors.

Bonny Scheltema of NBC News / NBC Learn was there, too. She was getting started on a project to make an educational video about Golden Eagles and had asked permission to join us so her cameraman could get some footage of young birders in action. Check out the video below and recognize some good friends (maybe even yourself!).

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List of Birds Seen on this Trip

Canada Goose
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk

Herring Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Cardinal
Purple Finch

Species Total: 14