Research

Broadwing Movement Maps

Where are the birds?

Fall and spring movements from tagged birds, 2014-2017

Bookmark this page to track the movements of the broad-winged hawks tagged during fall and spring migration. 

OVERVIEW MAP. This map shows the birds latest movements in relation to one another. Use the links below to view individual maps.

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Meet the Birds!

Scroll below for a brief bio and photo for each of the 13 Broadwings tagged between 2014 and 2016. 

Rosalie: Adult female from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Rosalie from River of Rocks Photo Credit: Rebecca McCabe

Rosalie was tagged on 24 June 2016 at the River of Rocks site on Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Her mate, color band code 'white-green' was tagged just three days prior. The pair made their nest in a chestnut oak, where two young developed and fledged by 12 July. 

Rosalie is the first adult Broadwing tagged on Hawk Mountain Sanctuary property!

Fiera: Adult female from Allegheny National Forest

Fiera from ANF Photo Credit: Rebecca McCabe

Fiera, meaning wild in spanish, was the last Broadwing tagged in 2016. She was also the largest Broadwing we trapped over the two year period weighing 485 grams. 

Fiera nested in a large black cherry, where she raised two young. 

Kinzua: Adult female from Allegheny National Forest

Kinzua from ANF Photo Credit: Rebecca McCabe

Kinzua (a Seneca Indian word meaning "place of many big fishes"), was tagged off of a forest service road within the ANF. Her nest, in a dying ash tree, was spotted by Broadwing Project field assistant Randy Farley while driving along the road. 

Kinzua's 2016 nest site was east of the Allegheny River. 

Patty: Adult female from Allegheny National Forest

Patty from ANF Photo Credit: Rebecca McCabe

Patty, the adult female from Radio Tower Road in the Allegheny National Forest was trapped on 27 June 2016. She was the first bird from the ANF to receive a 9.5 gram, solar PTT transmitter. 

Her nest, with two young, was in the crotch of a chestnut oak tree. 

Chenango: Juvenile tagged on Migration in Pennsylvania

Photo Credit: Phil Campbell

Chenango, juvenile Broadwing tagged on the Ridge Photo Credit: Phil Campbell

Chenango is named by project sponsor Diane and David Allison, and was the only juvenile Broadwing tagged in 2015. Chenango is also the only bird to be trapped during migration and not on its nesting grounds.

Chenango was tagged on September 18th east of Hawk Mountain on the Ridge. 

Sadie: Adult female from Delaware State Forest

Sadie from Silver Lake (Pike County) Photo Credit: Rebecca McCabe

Sadie was the third adult female Broadwing tagged in the Delaware State Forest. She raised her two offspring in a White Oak and had the darkest plumage than any other Broadwing in our study.

She also had some interesting pre-migratory movements where she left Pennsylvania around August 9th, spent 5 days in Virginia and then flew back up north to Pennsylvania and then back south again a few days later.

Sadie Migration Data (must have Google Earth Pro installed)

Pocono Penny: Adult female from Stony Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in the Poconos

Pocono Penny from Stoney Acres Photo Credit: Randy Farley

Pocono Penny was the first tagged bird in 2015. She chose to place her nest right in the center of a ropes course at Stony Acres. Thanks to the stewardship efforts of Madeline Constantine, Program Coordinator, and the Stony Acres staff, disturbance from visiting groups was limited resulting in a successful nesting season for Penny and her two offspring.

Ridgena: Adult female from Hawk Mountain

Photo Credit: Zach Bordner

Ridgena from Game Lands 106 Photo Credit: Zach Bordner

Ridgena is the adult female who nested in a large Tulip Poplar next to the Little Schuylkill River close to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (Game Lands). She started migration on August 24th and continued moving south until reaching her wintering grounds in Colombia in October. Ridgena was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Audubon.

Rachel Carson: Adult female from Delaware State Forest

Photo Credit: Terry Master

Rachel Carson from Mud Pond (Pike County) Phot Credit: Terry Master

Rachel Carson was one of the two adult females to have a nest with three chicks. Unfortunately, we only witnessed one chick fledge.Rachel Carson nested in a Black Birch, very close to a forest road and large pond.

She also was about a ½ mile south from Sadie’s nest and if you look to the maps of their movements you will see that they both crossed into one another’s territory during the nesting and pre-migratory periods.

Abbo: Adult female from New Ringgold

Abbo with satellite telemetry unit Photo Credit: Zach Bordner

Abbo is named by project sponsor Diane and David Allison, and is our adult female from the New Ringgold nest site. She successfully reared three offspring in her nest located more than 70 feet above the ground in a white pine tree. Abbo left her breeding site abruptly around July 14, just as her young were in the early stages of fledging. She moved west towards Shamokin, where she stayed until the end of July before making her way down south.

The fact that Abbo departed while her nestlings still appeared to depend upon her for food was a concern, but the male quickly took over this job. This behavior is certainly interesting and something we will look at again in 2015, hopefully adding both a male and a female from the same nest.

Abbo Migration Data (must have Google Earth Pro installed)

Kit: Juvenile from Shartlesville

Kit from Shartlesville Photo Credit: Terry Master

Kit is short for "Kittatinny Ridge" and was named by project sponsors Pennsylvania Audubon and the Kittatinny Coalition. Kit was tagged as a nestling from the Shartlesville nest and we estimate a hatching date for her and her sibling at June 24, 2014.

Kit left the comfort of her nest located in a 77-foot-tall red oak around July 18, about seven days after the satellite telemetry backpack was placed on her.

Kit headed west and then south following the Kittatinny Ridge (how appropriate!) on August 19. 

America: Nestling from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

America, juvenile from HMS Photo Credit: Terry Master

America is one of three young found in a nest located high in a large chestnut oak tree near the River of Rocks boulder field at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. America is named by the grandchildren of project sponsor Dick Bus and family, and the bird along with her siblings hatched around June 15, fledging about a month later.

Compared with the other birds in the study, America travelled the furthest north, but then moved west and begin to drift south following a similar route as the others.

Cool Fact: America is noteworthy as the first juvenile broadwing to ever be tagged with a satellite telemetry unit.  

Hawk Eye: Nestling from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawkeye, juvenile from HMS Photo Credit: Terry Master

Hawk Eye was also named by the granchildren of project sponsor Dick Bus and family, is the sibling of America and was the second bird tagged at the River of Rocks nest site on July 10.

Hawk Eye (the younger of the two) stuck around Hawk Mountain and the surrounding area longer than sibling America, and did not start moving out of the area until August  when she started to head west. She ultimately crossed paths with America in West Virginia during the second week of September. 

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