eUpdate for December 6
This week on the Mountain
Reminder: For visitor safety during deer hunting season, the River of Rocks and Skyline Trails are closed through Saturday.
Weather this Week:
and light snow is expected Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning as low
pressure moves up from southeast. Wednesday afternoon is forecast to be
mostly sunny and light northwest winds. A strong cold front is expected
to move through late Thursday bringing the coldest air so far this
season. Winds are forecast to be out of the northwest 10-15 mph and wind
chills will hover in the low 20s for both Friday and Saturday. Sunday
will be warmer with light south winds.
What's flying this week:
Friday and Saturday look to be the best migration days this week. The
cold northwest winds on Friday and Saturday should bring another pulse of bald
eagles past the lookout. Other migrants expected to be seen this week are
northern goshawks, red-tailed hawk and golden eagles. It's also possible
to see a rough-legged hawk with the greatest chance on Friday or Saturday.
Count to date
|Species||Weekly Total*||Season Total*|
*Count data is through December 6, 2016. View from North Lookout by Mary Linkevich.
Last Week's Flight
winds and rain stalled the migration for the first half of the week, but a
strong cold front brought a parade of Bald Eagles for the latter half of the
week and a new season record for balds. The old season high count record
was 406 and it didn't take long on Thursday to set a new record with bald eagle
#407 soaring past. By day's end the new record
would be 419. Another 10 bald eagles passed the lookout on Friday and a
season high 22 bald eagles were counted on Saturday. Four more eagles
passed on Sunday for a current record of 455!
Other highlights this past
week include golden eagles seen daily Thursday through Sunday, 17 red-tailed
hawks and a merlin on Sunday and a very close adult northern goshawk on Sunday.
Bald eagle photo by Bill Moses
first flock of snow geese was spotted on Thursday. Small flocks of
American goldfinches continue to pass the lookout daily. The largest
flight was on Monday with 184 goldfinches. Other "winter
finches" seen this past week were purple finches on Saturday and Sunday
and 5 pine siskins on Friday. Other highlights this past week include 16
common ravens on Saturday and 398 Canada geese on Sunday.
See you on the Mountain
The eagles can't stay away from the Lookout, so neither should you! Fit in one more visit before the end of the season. In the meantime, our staff and volunteers will continue to watch for migrants daily through December 15. It won't be long until another season is in the books!
Happy hawkwatching, friends, and we hope to see you very soon.
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