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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 8

This was one of those weeks that hawk watchers dread. The positioning of the weather systems over us pulled in an easterly flow for much of the week, which did not make for good hawk watching at the Brad. Our only good day (228 birds) was on 5/6 with a slight shift from southeasterly to south winds resulting in a movement of some hawks. Otherwise, this was not what we expect for early May, but a reminder of how much day to day weather impacts the migration of birds past our mountain. Two Peregrine Falcons were seen to liven things up a bit, and we had a little push of young Bald Eagles sauntering their way north. Another Sandhill Crane plus Black-throated Green Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Great-crested Flycatcher were observed over the course of the week, but otherwise it was pretty quiet bird-wise. Only 6 days remain for the official count, and it is forecast to warm up quite a bit. Hopefully this will be accompanied by some southwest winds to move the last of our migrants.

Week 8 Totals (current week - total to date - 2021 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-1-2

TURKEY VULTURE 0-470-603

OSPREY 25-269-390

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 10-95-127

NORTHERN HARRIER 6-82-91

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 111-634-736

COOPER’S HAWK 1-50-100

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-3-4

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 0–123-129

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 95-1556-1962

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 3-136-180

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 36-299-334

MERLIN 11-71–71

PEREGRINE FALCON 2-6-13

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 3-33-75

TOTAL 303-3828-4817

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