We have now counted nearly 60,000 raptors, which is above the recent average. The last push of Broad-wings on September 28-29th put us at 40,758 for the season, which is the best Broad-wing flight I have seen here in nine years of counting. We also have had good Peregrine flights the last week, including a peak count of 17 on September 27th, and the total so far for the season is 135, which is the second best season ever. Although Northern Goshawks were generally absent during the beginning of the season, we have seen small numbers recently, including 6 on September 29th. The first Golden Eagle came by on October 1st, and no doubt the first Rough-leg will be seen any day now, probably tomorrow. Numbers of Red-tailed Hawks are increasing, so the next few weeks should be an exciting time at the Ridge!
|Adult male Sharp-shinned Hawk migrating by Hawk Ridge. The majority of sharpies passing by the Ridge are now adults. Nearly 13,000 Sharpies have been counted this season, which is above average.|
|Adult male American Kestrel in morning light. Only 1100 American Kestrels have been counted this season, which is well below average.|
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory