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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 5

Persistent low pressure off the coast for most of the week kept the weather unsettled, and made for some slow days on the hawkwatch. The associated easterly component to the winds kept many birds from migrating, with the exception of a couple of days when a southerly component made a difference. Things finally cleared out by 4/18, making way for 80 raptors to be counted on NW flow. Kettles of Broad-winged Hawks are beginning to be seen, with Osprey counted in the highest number this week. 4/18 had a good showing of 175 Double-crested Cormorants. The only first-of-year was Hermit Thrush. Hawk watch Junco and his lady friend may be setting up shop at the summit. The upcoming week looks to be a good one as we enter the peak time for raptor migration!

Week 5 Totals (current week - total to date - 2020 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-2-1

TURKEY VULTURE 15-601-557

OSPREY 62-98-401

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 5-85-89

NORTHERN HARRIER 14-39-58

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 17-119-776

COOPER’S HAWK 7-62-56

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-2-6

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 10-113-65

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 53-69-2531

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 6-144-136

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 20-110-249

MERLIN 5-17-79

PEREGRINE FALCON 2-7-8

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 5-39-45

TOTAL 221-1307-5057

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