Hawk Watch, May 15

Throughout the morning it looked as though it was going to be a moderately slow but okay day for migration. Sometime around 1:00 PM, something changed and a nice push of raptors come through for several hours. Movement continued until 6:00 PM which is a bit later than typical. Broad-winged Hawks were the predominant species, with a good showing of Turkey Vultures as well. Late in the afternoon, an immature Golden Eagle passed through. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of this species for the season.

Turkey Vulture – 107
Bald Eagle – 5
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 17
Broad-winged Hawk – 420
Red-tailed Hawk – 56
Golden Eagle – 1

Common Loon – 1
Sandhill Crane – 10