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      Salem Audubon Birding: Minto Brown Island Park, Summer Evening Bird Walk for Common Nighthawk in Salem


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      July 24, 2019 - July 25, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM - Thursday 9:00 AM

      2200 Minto Island Road Southwest
      Salem, Oregon 97302

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      Salem Audubon Birding: Minto Brown Island Park, Summer Evening Bird Walk for Common Nighthawk

      This early evening, nearing dusk, Salem Audubon SHORT walk, will be to seek and hear Common Nighthawk. The phenology record for this insect hawker as compiled for Corvallis by Alan McGie, tracks the earliest arrival date for this bird as May 10 over record keeping of 16 years. The average arrival date was recorded to be June 6. Nest building does not occur in this species and the pair may use sandy/rocky areas, stumps, old nests and rooftops to nest. Incubation is about 19 days and fledglings fly after 23 days or so. These birds hawk for insects at dusk, night and day, but predominantly in the evening. We will take a loop from the 3rd parking lot to the river and return hoping to hear and see these birds. We will also enjoy other species connected with water including Osprey and hopefully nestlings on their platform. Spotted Sandpiper, Great Blue Heron and possibly Rough-winged Swallow and other migrants that have nested and/or use the river shoreline or cavities and woodland maybe seen or heard.

      Join us if you can. The walks will be on mostly even surfaces. If the day is a warm one, we suggest good hydration before you come, and prepare for glaring sun reflection and eye protection while walking along the river.
      Meet at the #3 parking lot (enter the park from River Road S and go west to the #3 lot). Gather at the signage board to avoid interfering in parking lot traffic. Call Barbara if you have any questions.

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