Sunday, April 12, 2009

First rough-legged push

Sunny skies, light winds... birds were getting up there. This immature Golden Eagle was one of three goldens that was around all day, attempting to cross numerous times. Two of the three have been here at least three days now, and chances are we'll see them again tomorrow.

We'll probably see some Rough-legged Hawks also, quite possibly even higher numbers than today, but most if not all of those birds will be new individuals. Unlike Golden Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks don't fear the water as much, and will continue beyond the Point. Recently, roughlegs started trickling through in very small numbers; today's total of 29 represents a first bigger push. The majority of these birds passed through in the afternoon, which bodes well for Easter Monday, I should think.

Weather-wise, tomorrow will be an improvement over today, so I'm willing to bet that today's total of 212 hawks will be surpassed tomorrow.

Other sightings today included a first-of-season Common Loon (flyby last hour); 174 Sandhill Cranes, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Northern Shrike, and a Pileated Woodpecker.

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