Hawk Watch, April 18

It was a rather unpleasant day with a strong, cold easterly wind. Raptors often hesitate to cross the Straits with easterly winds, and as a result, meander from the hawk watch to the shore and back again throughout the day. This causes difficult counting situations when old birds drift back south and mix with new birds heading north. Numbers were pretty low, but diversity was good.

Highlights: dark morph Red-tailed Hawk and Broad-winged Hawks outnumbering Red-tailed Hawks.

Turkey Vulture – 36
Osprey – 3
Bald Eagle – 3
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 14
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Broad-winged Hawk – 55
Red-tailed Hawk – 20
Rough-legged Hawk – 1
Golden Eagle – 1

Sandhill Crane – 51
Common Loon – 12