Hawk Watch, May 11

Today was the largest movement we’ve had in around two weeks. Despite northeasterly winds, many raptors were crossing the Straits, at least in the first few hours. Towards the afternoon, birds started to hesitate to cross, which resulted in some beautiful, large kettles.

I noted the first immature Broad-winged Hawks of the season today, which migrate a bit later than some of the adults. We are still getting good numbers of Red-tailed Hawks, which should progressively slow down as May goes on. We’re still getting some earlier migrants trickling through like Golden Eagle and Rough-legged Hawk.

Turkey Vulture – 47
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 5
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 44
Broad-winged Hawk – 458
Red-tailed Hawk – 73
Rough-legged Hawk – 1
Golden Eagle – 1

Sandhill Crane – 6
Common Loon – 4

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