Category Archives: Hawk Count 2018

Swainson’s Hawk

Today we had our first Swainson’s Hawk Steve Baker found it among hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks! Had 19 Golden Eagles all young birds! 16 Rough-legged Hawks ! And over 17000 Broad-winged Hawks! Thanks to everybody who help today ! We had over 24 visitors today which is awesome! Tomorrow looks like another good day

More to come!

Today we had 353 Red-tailed Hawks and 6 Rough-legged Hawks and 2 immature Golden Eagles. The weather has held the flight for the last few days and with nicer weather  predicted there could be alot of birds in the pipeline!

Hawk Watch March 4, 2018

On Sunday March 4, Ed Pike, Steve Baker, Dave Mayberry, and Kevin Georg spent time at the Rec. Center at Mackinaw City hoping for some raptors. The weather conditions were not the best with east winds and clouds moving in and out till mid-afternoon when it became cloudy. A few raptors were seen as listed below:
Golden Eagle 2
Bald Eagle 7
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Tomorrow March 5, Kevin starts the main count. Hopefully some more raptors will be moving.
Ed Pike

Hawk watching on March 3, 2018

We had a beautiful spring day, with a good number of raptors flying, at the hawk watch site on the south side of the Mackinaw City Recreation building. Steve Baker and Ed Pike did the observations with help from Dave Mayberry. Four visitors were able to see a number of raptors at a distance including several Golden Eagles. Kevin Georg our spring counter arrived about noon and helped with the count. We counted from 10 am to 3 pm with most of the raptors moving north from about 11:30 till 2:30. We had a great count for early March:
Golden Eagle 10
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 18
Rough-legged Hawk 3 (2 light& 1 dark)
Sunday, March 4, looks like it could be a good day to see raptors.
Ed Pike

Hawk count for spring 2018

Hello all
The Offical Hawk Count starts on March 5, although the weather is not predicted to be conducive for migrating raptors.
Steve Baker and I have done some observations on days that look good in the last week. On Wed. Feb. 28 we counted our first Golden Eagle. Today with what appeared to be good weather for migration we again did observations from 10am till 3pm; we counted 6 Golden Eagle, 3 Bald Eagle, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 6 Red-tailed Hawk, and 1 (dark) Rough-legged Hawk. Made for a good day in early March.
Hoping for more Golden Eagles on Sat.
Ed Pike