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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 1

In true Maine fashion, spring is coming in with a punch. After a mild winter, it is now just starting to feel like winter. A valiant effort on the first day of the count for 2 hours in fog and drizzle left us with nothing. Some southerly winds on 3/16 and 3/18 were quite productive, with a 2 day total of 235 hawks counted – not bad for mid-March. As expected, Turkey Vultures are leading the charge. A close look at an adult Peregrine Falcon on 3/16 was a nice week one bird. Some blackbirds and American Robins were moving, along with 3 Sandhill Cranes. Pine Siskins are relatively abundant this spring so far. The upcoming week is going to be interesting with a colder pattern developing. We will see what moves after Saturday's snowstorm.

Week 1 Totals (current week - total to date – season average)  


BLACK VULTURE  0-0- 1

TURKEY VULTURE  189-189-388  

OSPREY 0-0-402

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0   

MISSISSIPPI KITE   0-0-0   

BALD EAGLE 17-17-81

NORTHERN HARRIER 8-8- 103

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 15-15- 670

COOPER’S HAWK 11-11-70

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-0- 6     

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 19-19-93

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 0-0-1794

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 26-26-218

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0       

AMERICAN KESTREL 0-0-357

MERLIN 2-2-70

PEREGRINE FALCON 1-1-6

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 1-1-47  

 

TOTAL 289-289-4309

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