Hawkwatch - Saturday, September 9, 2017

­­The cool morning welcomed north winds. The early morning breeze brought the sense of migration to the hawkwatch as American Kestrels took flight within moments after sunrise. Osprey and Merlin made headway among masses of Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows that flooded the skies.

A plethora of warblers took flight as three Dickcissel flew by. A lone Brown Pelican fed among the rips that gulls and terns flocked to. More and more kestrels showed up. By mid-day Broad-winged Hawks were kettling high above our heads within the deep blue skies. Their numbers increased as the hours progressed. Before we knew it, nearly a hundred Broad-winged Hawks were tallied by midafternoon.

A very rare treat was seeing not one but TWO Wood Storks riding a thermal together!! The day ended beautifully with a late evening flight of American Kestrels and Merlins darting past us at eye level.

The two Wood Storks riding a thermal with a Broad-winged Hawk

Bald Eagle

Male Baltimore Oriole

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk


Eastern Wood-Pewee in flight. Look at those long primaries!

Today's totals.

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