Hawk Watch, May 7

Today was a repeat of yesterday — decent conditions but very few birds. The strong winds are likely one of the culprits for the depressed movement. The weather downstate may be another explanation. Perhaps we just need some south winds to finally get a good push of migrants. Tomorrow looks like it may be more of the same, with almost identical conditions as today.

Despite the low numbers, we had a few highlights: 2 Golden Eagles, a Peregrine Falcon flying through really low, and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk that we are fairly sure was the same individual caught and banded by Arthur and Nick a couple miles away while doing diurnal raptor trapping.

Turkey Vulture – 28
Bald Eagle – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 7
Broad-winged Hawk – 10
Red-tailed Hawk – 11
Rough-legged Hawk – 1
Golden Eagle – 2
Peregrine Falcon – 1

Common Loon – 2