Hawk Count – Oct. 16

Today Ed Pike counted Raptors. It was an interesting day. Windy out of the SW in the morning with Turkey Vultures starting to move by 10 am even with the strong winds. Then around noon clouds moved in and it rained for an hour and half. then it cleared to partly cloudy and 15 minutes after it stopped raining the raptors started moving. The winds were lighter from the SW for 45 minutes then they stopped moving when the winds switched to the west and increased. After the rains stopped there was one dark morph Red-tail and 2 Rough-legged Hawks, one light and one dark phase. It appears the Rough-legged Hawks have started moving.
totals:
Turkey Vulture 198
N. Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 20
Bald Eagle 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 46
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Am. Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1