Hawkwatch - Friday, October 20, 2017

Today's blue skies and very light northwest winds allowed for migrating raptors to fly high overhead, many as small specks. A few afternoon falcons migrated through low over the tree tops. Even with the high flight, we cranked out over 300 raptors today. It was a great day to study the differences between Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks.

Merlin enjoying a meal on the go!

Cooper's Hawk (above) and Sharp-shinned Hawk (below). What differences do you see?

Adult Red-shouldered Hawk

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk

Immature Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker 
Great Black-backed Gull with a lure stuck to its bill and neck. PLEASE do not litter.

Today's totals. Click the image for a larger view.

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