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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 9

The 2024 Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkcount has come to an end. The last week started out well with 66 hawks counted on 5/10. But, although the weather became nicer for those of us up on the mountain, things slowed down for the birds. We had some gusty seabreezes with a SE component which likely made migrants difficult to spot.

 

Our season ended below average, but we lost quite a few days early on due to precipitation. And, the SW winds that we always hope for just didn’t materialize much. However, some bright spots included our high day of 686 on 4/13 with a record number of Northern Harriers and a kettle of 21 Ospreys. Turkey Vultures, Ospreys and Northern Harriers were counted in above average numbers (Turkey Vulture also reached a new season high).

 

We wish to thank Zane Baker for his continued dedication and hard work for us atop the mountain. Thank you also to Bradbury Mountain State Park for allowing us to conduct this project, and to the volunteers (several of whom spent considerable time contributing to hawk spotting). We will see you next March 15th!

 

Week 9 Totals (current week - total to date – season average) 

 

BLACK VULTURE  0-0-1

TURKEY VULTURE  0-628-388      

OSPREY 11-429-402

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0   

MISSISSIPPI KITE   0-0-0   

BALD EAGLE 1-62-81

NORTHERN HARRIER 3-153-103

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 21-501-670

COOPER’S HAWK 1-40-70

AMERICAN GOSHAWK 0-1-6      

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1-31-93

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 58-1444-1794

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 2-53-218

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0       

AMERICAN KESTREL 5-314-357

MERLIN 6-62-70

PEREGRINE FALCON 1-4-6

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 1-42-47 

 

TOTAL 111-3764-4309

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