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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 1

The 2022 Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch started out with a bang. It is a rare occurrence for hawk watchers to be comfortable for the first 5 days of the season up on the summit. But, temperatures all the way up into the sixties were a nice gift. We had to get around some foggy conditions, with a rain-out on Saturday, but when the conditions were clear enough to see, birds were moving. Day one kicked off with an immature Northern Goshawk and a Peregrine Falcon. 91 raptors on 3/20 is one of the best early season days we have ever had. Other birds migrating included good numbers of Canada Geese and blackbirds, along with Sandhill Cranes on 2 days. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was a new observation record for the site. The last day of the week brought us back to reality with gusty NW winds and more winter like conditions. The Summit Trail is ice-free, so this is a great opportunity to come up and catch some early migrants!

Week 1 Totals (current week - total to date - 2021 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-0-2

TURKEY VULTURE 115-115-603

OSPREY 0-0-390

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 44-44-127

NORTHERN HARRIER 9-9-91

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 16-16-736

COOPER’S HAWK 12-12-100

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 1-1-4

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 74-74-129

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 0-0-1962

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 78-78-180

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 6-6-334

MERLIN 4-4–71

PEREGRINE FALCON 2-2-13

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 3-3-75

TOTAL 364-364-4817

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