MILL HILL ROAD “Owls/Harriers” 6900 block of Daugherty’s Run Rd., Lycoming Township, (3Dec-Sun-5p ‘till dark): The Ulmer family has graciously permitted us to view raptors at dusk. Target birds: Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Kestrels, and other seasonal field species like Eastern Meadowlarks. Two Directions: 1. From Williamsport Ford dealership (3600 West Fourth St), North on Daugherty’s Run Road for 6.7 mi. (note: Bottle Run Rd at 3 mi., at 6 mi, Kiess Hill Rd.) continuing right 0.7 mi., on Daugherty’s Run Rd. just pass State Road Church. 2. From old Rte. 15/Lycoming Creek Rd. Cogan Station, Left/West on Rte. 973 for 3.9 mi. At that point look for “Linden” directional sign, then Left on Daugherty’s Run Rd. 1.5 mi. to Mill Hill Rd.
Leader: LARRY WALTZ (LNRWaltz@aol.com).
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS: (Sat’s, 16 & 30Dec): Teams are formed, usually two to four people in a car, covering two Lycoming Co. areas, Williamsport metro and Lycoming County north. Length of day spent by teams is negotiable. The birds and their numbers are counted and then submitted to a national CBC registry (this has been going on for now for over a hundred years). Volunteers are needed to ride with key leaders to help (more eyes, the better). These trips are a terrific way to pick up and learn birding insights from experienced birders. If you are interested contact Coordinator: DAVID BROWN, firstname.lastname@example.org or, Assistant Coordinator: BOBBY BROWN (email@example.com).
COGAN HOUSE (13Jan24-Sat-8a) Horned Larks, longspurs, and Snow Buntings: Sibley comments, “as open-ground birds, (there are) only a few species of songbirds that are normally seen on open ground such as golf courses, plowed fields and pastures ... flying low ... they stay at the edge of flocks of larks ... with rattling or whistled flight calls”. In addition, we might sight raptors. Meet in the lower Turkey Ranch parking lot, Cogan House.
Larry Waltz, LAS Field Trip Coordinator
(LNRWaltz@aol.com / 570-323-2385)