Hawk Watch, April 13

After the large push of raptors yesterday, today was disappointingly slow. The day started strong with a large among of Turkey Vultures during the first two hours, but by noon movement was nearly dead. As the wind shifted from south to east, we moved to Darrow’s field. Thankfully, there was a good amount of raptors there. However, very few birds were crossing the Straits and many were drifting back southward, so counting was a challenge. Hopefully tomorrow’s east winds don’t result in similar movement as today.

Highlights: 5 Broad-winged Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle, and 3 Northern Red-tailed Hawks.

Turkey Vulture – 136
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 5
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 15
Red-shouldered Hawk – 2
Broad-winged Hawk – 5
Red-tailed Hawk – 95
Rough-legged Hawk – 2
Golden Eagle – 1
Merlin – 1

Sandhill Crane – 4

Adult Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Adult Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)

Adult Northern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis abieticola)