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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 1

This year’s hawkwatch got off to a fantastic start on March 15th, with a record high count of 82 birds for that date! Light NW winds and mostly sunny skies allowed hawks to fly. And, the early spring has meant that Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles were already very much on the move. The 18th was also a very good day for March with 79 hawks counted. But, in between, we dealt with some rain and fog that shortened our hours on 3 days. Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles led the way, but Red-shouldered Hawks also had a good showing this week, with up to 4 individuals periodically observed in the sky at one time. Two adult Northern Goshawks were seen at close range over the summit as well, adding to the week’s excitement. Not many non-raptors were migrating – a few flocks of Canada Geese and blackbirds. The highlight was the Red Crossbill that passed right over the summit on 3/16.


Week 1 Totals (current week - total to date - 2019 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-0-0

TURKEY VULTURE 83-83-573

OSPREY 0-0-433

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPIKITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 59-59-78

NORTHERN HARRIER 1-1-152

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 4-4-621

COOPER’S HAWK 4-4-70

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 2-2-3

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 38-38-98

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 0-0-3041

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 36-36-192

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-2

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 2-2-494

MERLIN 0-0-88

PEREGRINE FALCON 0-0-3

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 6-6-42

TOTAL 235-235-5890

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