Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 9 353 353
Osprey 2 25 25
Bald Eagle 2 66 66
Northern Harrier 19 165 165
Sharp-shinned Hawk 549 2616 2616
Cooper's Hawk 5 41 41
American Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 411 25304 25304
Red-tailed Hawk 0 72 72
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 63 527 527
Merlin 6 59 59
Peregrine Falcon 1 11 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Chad Cornish
Observers: Hugh Kent, Jeremy Bensette, Liz Kent, Noel Herdman,
Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner, Xander Campbell
Thanks to Chad for being the Official Counter today, the first day of Hawk
Fest. Also Clay, Jeremy, Liz, Noel, Patrick, Steve and Xander did a great
job observing and educating the many, many Hawk Fest visitors to the Tower.
It was fantastic to see so many interested visitors who were given a great
show of the wonders of Hawk Migration.
Like yesterday there was a light wind from the north until mid morning,
which then changed to a moderate wind from the south west. Initial clear
skies clouded over to a near overcast sky, but clouds were light and high.
Temperature was low in the morning increasing to mid twenties by midday.
Visibility was good throughout the day.
Again Sharp-shinned Hawks (549) led the pack, flying over pretty much
continuously until the last hour. Broad-winged Hawks (411) kettled briefly
to the north just before the wind changed and then came over in small
numbers thereafter. American Kestrels (63) were next appearing mid morning
onwards. Fewer Northern Harriers (19) were seen today, but we did see our
first 'gray ghost' of the season. All other species seen were in numbers
lower than ten.
Duck numbers and species continue to increase on the marsh with 8 species
seen with good flybys of Northern Pintail and American Wigeon. A Virginia
Rail was seen in a short flight over the part of the pond east of the Tower
Let's hope the second day of Hawk Fest tomorrow will be another great day.
Clear skies are forecast for the morning with patchy cloud in the
afternoon. A light breeze from the north all day should bring more
Broad-winged Hawks and of course Sharp shins and Kestrels. Light rain is
forecast, but only late in the day.
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