Hawk Watch, April 9-11

The final day of Raptor Fest (Sunday, April 9) was a bit more low key than the preceding two days. There was a decent raptor movement but birds were flying very high and very far away, so it was a bit more challenging to see them. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and to everyone who helped me spot raptors! Highlights include a dark-morph Western Red-tailed Hawk and at least 4 Northern Red-tailed Hawks.

Turkey Vulture – 45
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 16
Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Red-shouldered Hawk – 3
Red-tailed Hawk – 189
Rough-legged Hawk – 8
American Kestrel – 2
Unknown Buteo – 1

Sandhill Crane – 36

April 10 and 11 were even more low key because the count got completely rained out.

Crowd at the Hawk Watch, April 9 (Photo by Steve Baker)