SANDY HOOK – Autumn is officially here, and with it comes the annual migration of raptors and songbirds along the Atlantic Flyway. The Monmouth County Audubon Society will be holding its autumn bird walk to look for these migrants at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning in the “B” lot near the bathing pavilion.
The peninsula of Sandy Hook attracts migrating raptors, shorebirds and songbirds due to the abundance of food and areas of suitable habitat. This makes Sandy Hook an excellent place to observe many species of migrating birds in a limited area. The bird “guest list” changes daily at Sandy Hook, depending on weather conditions and food supply.
The trip will be led by members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society who are familiar with Sandy Hook and its birds.
Linda Mack, past MCAS president and Sandy Hook trip leader, explains, “The lure of Sandy Hook isn’t just the birds,” said Linda Mack, past MCAS president and Sandy Hook trip leader. “Sandy Hook is a peaceful, beautiful natural area with a variety of interesting habitats to explore. Early October is a great time of year to witness the spectacle of fall migration, not to mention the gorgeous fall colors of our native plants and trees.”
The trip is open to both members and nonmembers of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, and participation is free. Advance registration is not required. Participants should bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Pets are not permitted.
Further information can be obtained by visiting the organization’s website at http://www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.