Hawk Watch, April 8

Today was Raptor Fest and the hawk watch was attended by more people than I’d ever seen. While there was less raptor movement than yesterday and many of the migrants were far away, it was a great day. Thanks to all who came to the hawk watch and Raptor Fest! Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good, despite some afternoon rain in the forecast.

During the second hour, we were once again treated to a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. Whether this individual was one from yesterday who did not cross or a new bird, I can’t say for certain as it was a bit too far to scrutinize. Besides that highlight, we also had 2 dark-morph Western Red-tailed Hawks, at least 5 Northern Red-tailed Hawks (very likely an undercount), an immature Golden Eagle, and the first Opsrey of the year.

Turkey Vulture – 76
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 8
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 11
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 2
Red-tailed Hawk – 305
Rough-legged Hawk – 5
Golden Eagle – 1
American Kestrel – 2
Merlin – 2

Adult Northern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis abieticola) that has been hanging out locally the past few days
Adult Northern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis abieticola)

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