Sunday, May 31, 2009

Last day

Seven more raptors for the last day of the season, for a final total of 15,042 raptors this season. Two Turkey Vultures, one Bald Eagle, two Northern Harriers, a Northern Goshawk and a Peregrine Falcon were added to the count today.

Here are the season's totals:

Turkey Vulture: 370
Osprey: 56
Bald Eagle: 400
Northern Harrier: 522
Sharp-shinned Hawk (pictured above): 8,499
Cooper's Hawk: 51
Northern Goshawk: 69
Red-shouldered Hawk: 57
Broad-winged Hawk: 2,366
Red-tailed Hawk: 1,308
Rough-leged Hawk: 798
Golden Eagle: 89
American Kestrel: 322
Merlin: 64
Peregrine Falcon: 59
Swainson's Hawk: 2
Unidentified raptors: 10

I want to thank everyone who made my season at Whitefish Point more pleasant. Thanks also for the many positive reactions on this blog.



  1. Thank you VERY much for this wonderful and informative blog-i have learned more reading your comments here than i have reading all of my bird books! does this mean you are leaving paradise soon? if so
    Safe Travels to you and hopefuly we will see you up here in da u.p. again!
    very well done mr van dort!!
    Kathi in Brimley

  2. Do you run a hawk banding station?