Category Archives: Hawk Count 2018

Hawk count, Friday, Sept. 7

Friday was a nice day with light winds from the NW switching to the west, mostly sunny with bright blue skies making it difficult to spot high flying Raptors. It was a slow day with a few Raptors moving around and few crossing to the south. At one time there were 10 Bald Eagles in a kettle about 1.5 miles to the north. Four of them finally headed south and crossed the Straits while the rest dispersed in the area.
Two V’s of Canada Geese flew south in the morning. Quite a few Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers were moving around on the point.
Monarch Butterflies seem to have peaked last week with only a few seen at one time throughout the day today.
Brian Hirt, a Hawk watcher from Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory in Virginia, stopped and helped spot Raptors for the day. Brian is on his way to Hawk Ridge, near Duluth, Minn.
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Broad-winged Hawk 32
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Am. Kestrel 4
Monarch Butterfly 20
Canada Goose 56

Ed Pike

Hawk Count Sept. 3

The weather was good with cloudy to partly cloudy skies, temps in the 70s and light winds from the west, then switching to the southwest in the afternoon. A beautiful day to spend at Point LaBarbe. Raptors were seen scattered through the day in small numbers:
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Turkey Vulture 28
Bald Eagle 9 adults and 16 immature
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Osprey 3
Am. Kestrel 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Quite a few Monarch Butterflies were seen with good numbers around noon total 579. A few Dragon Flies were also seen.
Other species:
Common Loon 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Common Raven 2
Common Grackle 7
Great Blue Heron 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Pine Warbler 1
wilson Warbler 1
Am. Redstart 6
Cape May Warbler 1
Cedar Waxwing 8
The Warblers and Vireos were seen by Steve Baker along the woods.
Ed Pike

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