Raptor flights have also been good despite all the southerly winds, with healthy numbers of mostly juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawks zipping through every day. Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Cooper's Hawks, American Kestrels, and Merlins have all been moving in good numbers as well, with an especially good falcon flight, including a peak of 159 kestrels and 41 Merlins on September 9th. We had a nice early push of Broad-wings September 7-12th totaling about 10,000 birds, and the highlight of the last few weeks was a five day stretch when we saw Swainson's Hawks every day. No doubt there is another push of Broad-wings to come, hopefully this coming weekend during the annual Hawk Weekend!
|Osprey directly over the hawk watch platform. A total of 143 Osprey have been counted this season, including 21 on September 13th.|
|Female American Kestrel attacking the owl decoy. A total of 627 kestrels have been counted.|
|Flock of American White Pelicans over Hawk Ridge. A total of 211 pelicans have been counted from the hawk watch, including 71 on September 12th|
|Merlin stooping directly downward at the owl decoy in evening light, one of my favorite raptor photos of the fall so far. This has been an excellent season for Merlins.|
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory