Hawk Watch, May 12

Birds were flying very high and distant today, mostly invisible to the naked eye. The lift off birds were cooperative and went north pretty quickly, thankfully. Some kettles lingered for long periods of time but sooner or later everybody went north. This is the best outcome I could hope for on a day of easterly winds. It was a surprisingly good Turkey Vulture day and nice variety overall.

Tomorrow’s WNW winds with the recently improved weather could result in a nice movement.

Turkey Vulture – 105
Osprey – 2
Bald Eagle – 3
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 24
Broad-winged Hawk – 329
Red-tailed Hawk – 43
Golden Eagle – 1

Common Loon – 6
Sandhill Crane – 4