Hawk Watch, May 16

Despite owl banding and the waterbird count coming to an end, the hawk watch continues on until June 5. Today had some dramatic shifts in weather. I went from 3 coats to no coats to 1 coat throughout the day. The pressure dropped fairly dramatically and it also rained briefly. How this affected migration — I don’t know. There was a fairly small movement but some nice kettles accumulated since most of the birds came through in a short time frame. The most notable highlight was the two Northern Mockingbirds that were hanging out throughout the afternoon near the hawk watch.

Turkey Vulture – 36
Bald Eagle – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 5
Broad-winged Hawk – 99
Red-tailed Hawk – 11