Hawk Watch, April 21

Despite my optimism, there was not much movement today. After four days of minimal migration, Saturday looks like it may be a good day. Of course, I think that’s the third time I’ve said something like that this week. The thought is that less-than-ideal weather suppresses migration and birds end up piling up down state awaiting better conditions.

Not many highlights to speak of, but a Killdeer pair decided to make their nest at the hawk watch site and laid their first egg yesterday. It’ll be wonderful to watch the progression of this nest.

Turkey Vulture – 33
Osprey – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 20
Broad-winged Hawk – 10
Red-tailed Hawk – 20

Common Loon – 5

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) nest