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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 6

This week was pretty great at the Hawkwatch! Right on cue we had our 2 highest days, back-to-back, of the season as Broad-winged Hawks increased greatly in number. Nice, warm weather on 4/19, 4/20, and 4/24 allowed birders to lose the layers and enjoy the sight of kettles of hawks. Even when the weather wasn’t as amenable, birds were still moving. But, this is Maine and a return to winter with extremely gusty NW winds (and even a few flurries) slowed things down a bit on 4/22 and 4/23. A very interesting pale Red-tailed Hawk was photographed on 4/20 - perhaps an Eastern/Krider’s hybrid. Glossy Ibis, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Winter Wren were new this week in the non-raptor category.

Week 6 Totals (current week - total to date - 2020 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-2-1

TURKEY VULTURE 2-603-557

OSPREY 160-258-401

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 17-102-89

NORTHERN HARRIER 33-72-58

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 347-466-776

COOPER’S HAWK 16-68-56

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-2-6

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 6-119-65

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 1187-1256-2531

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 12-156-136

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 161-271-249

MERLIN 25-42-79

PEREGRINE FALCON 2-9-8

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 17-56-45

TOTAL 1984-3491-5057

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