Wednesday, March 31, 2010


It was a great day.
I couldn't even take a sip of water without seeing a Harrier.

2-Turkey Vulture
9- Bald Eagle
59(!)- Northern Harrier (28 Adult Males)
36-Sharp-Shinned Hawk
8-Northern Goshawk (5 Adult)
19- Red-Tailed Hawk
4- Rough-Legged Hawk
11- American Kestrel
1- Merlin

TOTAL: 149

Thanks to trucker Ken for his help spotting.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


sunny skies and winds out of the S/SE.
barometric pressure dropping the last few hours and clouds forming.

1- Turkey Vulture
6- Bald Eagle
14- Northern Harrier (7 good looking adult males!)
5- Sharp-Shinned Hawk
7- Northern Goshawk
1- Red-Shouldered Hawk
12- Red-Tailed Hawk
2- Rough-Legged Hawk

The best day yet and its only going to get better.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Winds are still out of the N/NE.

6-Bald Eagle
1- Sharp-Shinned Hawk
1- Red-Shouldered Hawk
21- Red-Tailed Hawk

Sunday, March 28, 2010

3/27 & 3/28

Jason Bojczyk covered for me yesterday (3/27) and the totals were:

11-Bald Eagle
2- Northern Harrier
2- Northern Goshawk
7- Red Tailed-Hawk
1- American Kestrel
2- Merlin

Today (3/28) the count was delayed by an hour due to rain/snow and poor visibility.

2- Bald Eagle
1- Northern Harrier
1- Sharp-Shinned Hawk
1- Red-Tailed Hawk

The weather mystics predict warming weather throughout the week and winds out of the southwest. Hopefully we will be seeing our first 100+ bird day(s) in the upcoming few days.

Friday, March 26, 2010


The temperature was below freezing all day, but the sun and lack of wind made for a pleasurable count day. Both Kim LeBlanc & Jason Bojczyk helped pass the time today during the slower hours.

6- Bald Eagles
1- Northern Goshawk
1- Red-Tailed Hawk
1- Golden Eagle
1- Merlin

Jason will be filling in for me tomorrow, stop in for a visit, he predicts the first 100 bird day due to winds out of the SE. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Snow, heavy winds, fog, and overcast skies delayed the start of the count today.
At noon the snow and wind persisted but the skies started to clear.
Cold cold temperatures.

3-American Crow

No raptors were seen today.
It was the first day that I was officially skunked.
Hopefully better luck tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


It was a very pleasant day atop the platform. Not too windy and sunny all day.

5- Bald Eagle
1- Northern Goshawk
1- Red-Shouldered Hawk
10- Red- Tailed Hawk
1- MERLIN, first falcon of the season!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


7- Bald Eagle
1- Red-Shouldered Hawk
7- Red-Tailed Hawk
2-Golden Eagle

4-Common Grackle (first sighting)

Monday, March 22, 2010


winds out of the east, very calm last half of the count- high, thermalling birds

10- Bald Eagles
2- Sharp-Shinned Hawks
2- Red-Shouldered Hawks
11- Red-Tailed Hawks
4- Rough-Legged Hawks
3- Golden Eagles

Sunday, March 21, 2010


It was a mild day on the hawk watching platform, though at the start of the count temperatures were below freezing. Winds were out of the S/SE for most of the day and died down the last 3 hours.

Hawk Totals:
8-Bald Eagles
1-Red-Tailed Hawk
1-Northern Goshawk

Other Notables:
1-Ruffed Grouse

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Jason Bojczyk filled in for me today.
The skies were overcast and the temperatures were below freezing.
The winds were out of the North/Northwest.

4- Bald Eagles

2- Pine Siskins
3- Bohemian Waxwings

Friday, March 19, 2010


The skies were overcast most of the day with consistent winds out of the west/northwest.
Jason Bojczyk helped out for the last two hours and will be filling in for me on my days off.

5- Bald Eagles
1- Northern Harrier (beautiful adult male)
1- Red-tailed Hawk

Other notes:
2- Red-winged Blackbirds

Thursday, March 18, 2010


15-Bald Eagles
2-Sharp-Shinned Hawk
4- Red-Tailed Hawk

other notes:
5-Common Merganser
1- Sandhill Crane

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


14- Bald Eagle
3-Northern Harrier
1- Northern Goshawk
2- Golden Eagle
4-Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Day 2

There was good visibility and minimal wind today.
It was also very sunny.

Hawk Totals:
9- Bald Eagles (6 adults, 2 trans, 1 non-adult)
1- Golden Eagle (immature)

Other Notes:
35- Snow Buntings (estimated flock size)
12- Black Capped Chickadees

Monday, March 15, 2010

first day of the spring 2010 count

There was good visibility, with slightly cloudy skies.
The wind was out of the NW and was gusty towards the end of the counting day.

Hawk Totals:
3-Golden Eagles (all sub-adults)
1-Northern Harrier (too far away to tell age or sex)

Other Notes:
1- Blue Jay
5- Bohemian Waxwings
1- Pileated Woodpecker

Thanks to Leonard and Jason for their help on the platform today.