Here is a flock of Lapland Longspurs migrating past Hawk Ridge this afternoon. They bob and undulate through the open skies while migrating, and have two commonly-heard call notes. In flight, Lapland Longspurs can produce a soft, high-pitched "chew" call note. They can also produce little bursts of gurgly/chattery trills.They are a beautiful songbird species that breeds throughout the arctic tundra, and are only seen here (locally) during migration.
Bring on the cooler skies and possible chance of snow. Cold snaps can result in birds migrating through! We should be seeing Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Rough-legged Hawks coming through soon.
Good hawkwatching. Be sure to bundle-up and bring your binoculars along if you come up to the main overlook! Birds should be flying, and it's going to be on the cooler side. See you there this weekend!
Hawk Ridge Count Interpreter