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As we begin winding down for the season, there are a few tales from the hawk shack that have so far gone untold. The season peak for most of the raptor species that make their way through was around the end of April and the beginning of May. As it usually does, Michigan Audubon's annual [...]

2019-05-23T18:06:46-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Surprises!

A New Bird

Once the raptor migration really gets going, it isn't often that we will get a new species for the season. By this time, all the species that are expected have already shown up at least once. However, I've learned to always expect surprises! Last week when scanning a blue sky filled with puffy white clouds, [...]

2019-05-09T14:56:34-04:00May 9th, 2019|Migration Counts|Comments Off on A New Bird

Tales from the Hawk Shack

There was an amazing Red-tailed Hawk show this past week complete with a leucistic and two dark morphs! Watching them made me realize how long individual Red-tailed Hawk can stick around throughout the day. It was interesting to see so many kettle far out, then break up and fly past the hawk deck, then come [...]

2019-04-23T20:50:54-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Tales from the Hawk Shack

A Week of Firsts

The last week of March and the first week of April were pretty slow for migrating raptors. A few birds each day, but nothing truly spectacular in terms of numbers. However, April 5 and 6 brought a few different birds to the Hawk Deck. With the majority of raptors seen so far being eagles or [...]

2019-04-08T18:54:44-04:00April 8th, 2019|Migration Counts|Comments Off on A Week of Firsts

The Voices of Corvids

It continues to amaze me how versatile the vocal range of the American Crow and the Common Raven can be. Every day I am met with several of each species, whether they are resident, stopping over for a few days, or just passing through on their migration flight. Those individuals who alight on the tops [...]

2019-04-02T18:13:45-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Migration Counts|Comments Off on The Voices of Corvids

A New Season

The new WPBO hawk counting season began March 15, and I was excited to get started right away. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas, greeting us with high winds and few birds those first couple days. Despite a slow start, a few good flights have come through already. I’ve had an awesome flight of Bald [...]

2019-03-25T21:38:13-04:00March 25th, 2019|Migration Counts|Comments Off on A New Season

Penultimate Stretch

Young, dark Red-tailed Hawk. photo by Ted Keyel Hello Everyone! Things have been going pretty well from the hawkdeck. On May 19th, we witnessed our largest Broad-winged Hawk kettle so far this season, with 440 birds. We have still been seeing a lot of Red-tailed Hawks and the majority are young birds. There [...]

2016-05-21T19:40:56-04:00May 21st, 2016|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Penultimate Stretch

Sharpies and Swainson’s

Sharp-shinned Hawk, photo by Ted Keyel Hello everyone, We have been having some great days at the hawkwatch, despite still not having a single day with southwest winds. While the winds may not be perfect, we have still been seeing some great overall diversity, with 16 species of raptors passing by in the [...]

2016-05-11T12:33:53-04:00May 11th, 2016|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Sharpies and Swainson’s

Mid-April Raptors

Hello everyone! Sharp-shinned Hawk, Photo by Ted Keyel After a few days with warm weather, south winds and some great flights, things have quieted down a little. That said, Sharp-shinned Hawks continue to put on a show, with multiple days over triple digits.  We also saw our first Broad-winged Hawks, Osprey and Peregrine [...]

2016-04-25T20:55:23-04:00April 25th, 2016|Migration Counts|Comments Off on Mid-April Raptors