Friday, May 15, 2009


This is one of the lower years for Osprey, the bird pictured above and seen this morning only the 50th this season. Recent seasonal totals for this species have ranged between 43 (2006) and 109 (2007).

Other hawks seen today include 4 Bald Eagles, 5 Northern Harriers, 138 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 46 Broad-winged Hawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 American Kestrels, 4 Merlins, and 2 Peregrine Falcons.

Cool non-raptor sightings today included a Red-throated Loon flying straight over the hawk platform, and the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season zipping by.

The weather forecast for Saturday does not look good for hawk migration, but seems a repeat of Thursday's nasty weather, which did bring lots of passerines to the Point...

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