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Migration eUpdate for Nov 1

November is golden

Weather this Week

High pressure over our area will move towards the southeast through Wednesday bringing mostly sunning skies, southerly winds and unseasonably warm temperatures for Wednesday.  A warm front will lift to the north through our area Wednesday night into Thursday and low pressure over New England will drag a cold front through Thursday night.  Mostly sunny skies, northwest winds and seasonably cool  temperatures are forecast through the weekend following the cold front.

What’s Flying this Week

Red-tailed hawks will dominate flights this week and through the end of the count.  Northern harriers, red-shouldered hawks, and golden eagles should be seen daily and northern goshawks are possible on strong northwest or west winds days. If the forecast holds, Friday through Sunday look like the best days for migration this week.

Golden eagle by Bill Moses

Last Week at the Lookout

The last big accipiter flights of the season passed the lookout Monday and Tuesday this past week.  Monday had the largest sharp-shinned hawk flight of the season with 290, followed by 186 sharpies and the largest Cooper's hawk flight of the season, 28, on Tuesday.  Also seen on Tuesday was 13 bald eagles, 172 red-tailed hawks and 6 golden eagles.  Red-shouldered hawks were the bird du jour on Wednesday.  A total of 23 red-shoulders were counted with groups of up to 5 birds flying through at the same time.  Gusty west-northwest winds on Friday produced an excellent eagle flight with 13 bald eagles and 15 golden eagles.  Other highlights this past week include, golden eagles seen every day, 3 northern goshawks on Monday, and 4 merlins seen on Sunday. 

Sharp-shinned hawk by Bill Moses

Count to Date

SpeciesWeekly Total*Season Total*
Black Vulture960
Turkey Vulture97503
Bald Eagle41320
Northern Harrier795
Sharp-shinned Hawk6332838
Cooper's Hawk69332
Northern Goshawk814
Unidentified Accipiter884
Red-shouldered Hawk48100
Broad-winged Hawk09361
Red-tailed Hawk5271177
Rough-legged Hawk00
Unidentified Buteo753
Golden Eagle3457
Unidentified Eagle11
American Kestrel1217
Peregrine Falcon646
Unidentified Falcon221
Unidentified Raptor672

*Count data is through October 31, 2016. Sunrise at North Lookout by Laurie Goodrich.

Other Migrants

Flocks of blackbirds have started to migrate past the lookout with count highs on Friday of 600 red-winged blackbirds, 41 rusty blackbirds, and 603 common grackles.  Double-crested cormorants flapped past the lookout in loose flocks both Monday and Tuesday with a high of 84 cormorants on Tuesday. Flocks of American robins continue to stream past the lookout early and late in the day.  A high of 745 robins were counted on Friday.  Other highlights this past week include, 4 tree swallows on Monday, a common loon on Tuesday, and an American pipit on Saturday.

Common loon by Johannes Jansen

Upcoming Events

Golden Eagle Saturday: Sat, Nov 12
Programs at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm by the Shaver's Creek Environmental Education Center. FREE for Members or with proof of trail admission. Please have your trail admission sticker or membership card ready. 

Mountain Raffle
Top Prize: Swarovski 8.5x42 EL Binoculars
Tickets now on sale in the Visitor Center or call us to enter by phone with credit card: 610-756-6961. Winners selected Nov 26! 

Digital Photo Contest: Time's Running Out!
The Nov 20 deadline is fast approaching, so enter today your most amazing photos using our simple online entry form. Cost is just $5 and all proceeds support Hawk Mountain. Great cause, cash prizes, and fantastic subject--Hawk Mountain. Enter now!


Hope to see you soon

Now is the time to enjoy fall foliage and the last warm days. The leaf color still looks great, but I know it won't last long. If you're able to visit, I also hope you have the chance to see both a bald and a golden eagle on the same day and to enjoy a great day outdoors.

If you don't have a chance to visit, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for photos, news, and program info, or check in on our Raptor Count Page or by calling the Info Line at 610-756-6000610-756-6000 x6.

Happy hawk watching, friends, and I hope you have a chance to visit before this autumn season is behind us.

Gigi Romano
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