This stretch of west winds was also good for warblers, with counts of over 500 on the 26th and 1200 on the 27th, over half of which were Nashville Warblers on both days. These little leaf-colored warblers dominate the warbler flight every August, but 22 total species of warblers were seen in August, including several migrant Pine Warblers (rarely seen in migration compared to other species). Despite continued nightly vigilance, the nighthawk flight has been disappointing, with only about 6,000 total seen, including a peak of 3104 on August 24th. This compares to over 43,000 total nighthawks last year, including a peak of over 30,000 on August 21st. Every August there is a sharp peak of Cliff Swallows, and this year was no exception, with 2707 counted on August 26th, our largest flight of this species so far. Typically, August non-raptor flights are dominated by Red-winged Blackbirds and Cedar Waxwings, but very few of either of these species have been seen. My hope is that some very large waxwing flights will develop in early September.
|Nashville Warbler about to take off from willow, showing how it blends into the vegetation|
|juvenile Peregrine Falcon chasing Osprey at Hawk Ridge.|
|juvenile female Prairie Falcon trapped for banding at the Hawk Ridge main station on August 26th|