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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 8

Just when we were about to write off this season as one of the slowest, May 3rd happened. We broke the previous daily high set last year by over 300 birds. We thought that day might be pretty good, with clear skies and south winds, but not 1814 good! Clearly, the weather pattern this spring had migrating hawks backed up because 37% of this year’s birds were observed on that day. Broad-winged Hawks led the way, but Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels had a great showing too. And, 4 Peregrine Falcons were a nice treat, contributing to the 6 counted this week. The Bangor Daily News printed a nice article on our record-breaking day: https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/08/act-out/1800-raptors-soar-over-bradbury-mountain-in-one-day-breaking-hawkwatch-record/. The remainder of the week was slow in comparison, but steady. Until 5/9 when it was snowing of course.

Week 8 Totals (current week - total to date - 2019 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-1-0

TURKEY VULTURE 0-557-573

OSPREY 107-375-433

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 5-88-78

NORTHERN HARRIER 19-56-152

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 380-752-621

COOPER’S HAWK 10-56-70

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-6-3

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1-65-98

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 1507-2467-3041

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 8-133-192

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-2

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 101-241-494

MERLIN 16-74-88

PEREGRINE FALCON 6-7-3

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 5-43-42

TOTAL 2165-4921-5890

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