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Migration eUpdate for Nov 8

Eagles and Red-tails

Weather this Week

High pressure will bring sunny skies, light winds and above average temperatures for Monday and Tuesday.  A weak cold front is forecast to move through on Wednesday along with rain and cooler temperatures.  A stronger cold front is forecast to move through on Friday with sunny skies, northwest winds and below average temperatures for the weekend.  

What’s Flying this Week

Red-tailed hawks will be the most abundant migrant this week.  Northwest winds Thursday through Sunday could bring triple digit flights of redtails and double digit eagles any of those days.  Northern goshawks are also likely to be seen each of those days.  While most birds should hug the ridge on the north side as they migrate past, watch for northern harriers and red-shouldered hawks migrating out over the Kempton valley on the south side of the ridge.

Red-tailed Hawk by Bill Moses.

Last Week at the Lookout

Numbers of red-tailed hawks started to build last week with flights of 104 redtails on Monday, 147 on Friday and 309 on Sunday.  Sunday also had excellent eagle flights with 10 bald eagles and 13 golden eagles.  Northern goshawks were seen several days with a high of five counted on Monday.  Bald eagles, northern harriers and red-shouldered hawks were all seen every day this past week.  Other highlights this past week include a late osprey on Friday and Sunday, golden eagles seen most days, and a late peregrine falcon on Sunday. 

Other Migrants

Flocks of blackbirds continue to migrate past the lookout, over 2,000 blackbirds (red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, and brown-headed cowbirds) were counted on Sunday and over 1,100 were counted on Monday.  Small flocks of American goldfinches were counted throughout the weekend, with 84 counted on Saturday and 88 counted on Sunday.  Pine siskins also were spotted both Saturday and Sunday.  Other highlights this past week include two common mergansers on Tuesday, horned lark on Thursday and Saturday, a flock of 10 common ravens on Thursday and eight common loons on Sunday.

Flock of pine siskins by Bill Moses.

Count to Date

SpeciesWeekly Total*Season Total*
Black Vulture1673
Turkey Vulture27530
Bald Eagle28340
Northern Harrier13107
Sharp-shinned Hawk1042923
Cooper's Hawk29353
Northern Goshawk1021
Unidentified Accipiter386
Red-shouldered Hawk37124
Broad-winged Hawk09361
Red-tailed Hawk7611847
Rough-legged Hawk00
Unidentified Buteo658
Golden Eagle3991
Unidentified Eagle02
American Kestrel1217
Peregrine Falcon147
Unidentified Falcon021
Unidentified Raptor677

*Count data is through November 7, 2016. Counters at NLO on Nov 6.

Hawk Mountain has named new president!

Following an extensive national search, Geri E. Unger has been named the new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, effective January of 2017.

Unger, who has served as the Executive Director for the Society of Conservation Biology in Washington, D.C. since 2013, brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation and environmental science and education to the job.

Geri Unger (center) at the Sanctuary's board meeting this past Saturday.

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. 

Hawk Mountain is now an official partner of the #GivingTuesday movement! On Tuesday, November 29, help us #HelptheHawks by donating to our Annual Fund so we can continue to make progress with our global mission.  

Mountain Raffle
There's still time to enter! Winners selected Nov 26!
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.

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!

Holiday Open House: Sat, Nov 26
Get into the holiday spirit at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary during our annual end of season open house. Complimentary warm beverages and FREE live bird programs. 


Hope to see you soon

There's still time to enjoy the fall color and soaring migrants on the Mountain!

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
Communications Specialist
[email protected]

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