Well I know y’all have been waiting anxiously to find out if we reached our goal of counting half a million birds this season, so I figured I better write a new blog just to give an update. Our totals are now 73,099 raptors and 420,615 non-raptors, so we only need 6286 birds to fly by before the end of November to hit our magic mark. With the current redpoll invasion gathering force, I feel pretty sure this will happen soon. Other than finches, most non-raptors have moved south already- but we are getting a good variety of finches, with all the "winter finch" species represented in at least small numbers. The variety of raptors moving through is also decreasing, with most early season species (like Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, and American Kestrel) pretty much gone for the season. But we have had great flights of the later season species, including 15 Northern Goshawks on October 16th, 898 Red-tailed Hawks, 146 Bald Eagles, and 21 Golden Eagles on October 17th, and 61 Rough-legged Hawks on October 25th. This is the peak time of year for all of these later species, so hopes are high for an awesome flight as soon as the rain clears out this Thursday and Friday, October 29-30th.
|This little cutie pie came to our bird seed at Hawk Ridge for several days, a partial albino Dark-eyed Junco.|
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory