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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 5

The middle of this week had some favorable winds that gave us 2 days of over 400 hawks, even though they were accompanied by cloudless skies making finding birds a challenge. As we enter the peak of the season, numbers of Broad-winged Hawks increased dramatically, with Sharp-shinned Hawks not too far behind. Enough birds are migrating now that even days that don’t seem as ideal are producing flights, such as 4/12 that began with fog and light showers, only to end up with a clearing sky and 64 hawks. The raptor of the week award goes to the Black Vulture that was counted on 4/15, our first of the season. Blackbirds and Double-crested Cormorants (with one Great mixed into one flock) had a decent showing. Pine Warblers have taken up residence at the mountain, along with first-of-year Chipping Sparrow and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Single Sandhill Cranes were also spotted on 2 days.

Week 5 Totals (current week - total to date - 2021 total)

BLACK VULTURE 1-1-2

TURKEY VULTURE 33-470-603

OSPREY 118-176-390

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 4-73-127

NORTHERN HARRIER 24-72-91

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 272-371-736

COOPER’S HAWK 12-36-100

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-3-4

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 9–117-129

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 636-637-1962

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 9-130-180

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 153-214-334

MERLIN 9-17–71

PEREGRINE FALCON 0-3-13

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 9-19-75


TOTAL 1287-2337-4817

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