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Field trip to Hawkwatch at Rockfish Gap, near Afton Mt, VA.

  • Inn at Afton Afton, VA (map)

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, located at the Inn at Afton, conveniently located just off I-64, exit 99 east of Waynesboro, VA. Park in the parking lot of the Afton Inn and walk around the side of the building, set up your chair or sit on the grassy hillside. You most definitely want to bring your binoculars, a hat, water and or food and lastly a chair to sit in. I will be leaving the Kilmarnock/White Stone area around 7 am. If you would like to car pool please contact me. I will be happy to make arrangements to meet you in Tappahannock or anywhere along the route. My van can sit 4 comfortably and 6 total. I plan to depart the hawk watch somewhere around 2pm to head back to the northern neck.

Last year on Sept 18th they set some impressive species records, in addition to nearly 4,000 Broad-wings, we ended up breaking three single-day records: a) the BALD EAGLE single-day record was crushed with 83 (prior record was 32 on 9/3/17), b) the MERLIN single-day record was crushed with 21 (prior record was 10 on 10/15/05), and c) the single day record for total number of raptor species was broken with 14 species (prior record was 12 achieved 7 times). September 26 had 10,154 BROAD-WINGS, which is our third highest single-day count ever (the highest was 11,783 on 9/16/86) and had 12 PEREGRINE FALCONS, which is our second highest single-day count ever (the highest was 17 on 10/8/2014). Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to see our birds of prey in large numbers.

This trip will correspond with there open house for the Hawk Watch, so there should be plenty of people to meet.

Earlier Event: September 9
Kick-off Picnic and Bird Walk
Later Event: September 29
Fones Cliffs BioBlitz