Friday, September 16, 2011

Second Annual "Lynn's Birthday Hawkwatch"

The weather was perfect this morning for migrating birds - a cold front came through last night. The wind was out of the northwest all morning, shifting to west during the afternoon. Winds were generally light, from 5 to 10 mph, with gusts up to 15mph. The temperature rose from 55 degrees F at 9am to 65 at 3:30pm. Humidity was low, between 37 and 41%.

Our work table. Field guides, notebook, raptor chart, camera, ... and coffee.

A beautiful patch of sky. Hawks show up as black dots against the clouds, which makes them marginally easier to detect than against the blue. Clouds also serve as reference points, as in - to the right of the wispy edge, or below the long thin cloud.

Tom watching for kettles of Broad-winged Hawks and Lynn checking to see what other hawkwatchers are reporting.

Very tired now after 6 1/2 hours of hawk-watching - will fill in the list later :-)
Highlights were 1738 Broad-winged Hawks and 123 Chimney Swifts and two Bald Eagles.

Back again on Saturday morning - with the numbers from the hawkwatch and a bird list for the week. Most "real" hawk-watches count only truly migrating birds - for example the Osprey cruising high overhead in a southwesterly direction and not the Osprey flying over the treetops carrying a fish. Here we have included every bird that we saw, regardless of its residential status.

9:20am to 3:45pm Friday, September 16, 2011 - Yale West Campus, Orange, CT, USA. This is the list we submitted to e-bird, for a total of 34 species.

Turkey Vulture 4
Osprey 17
Bald Eagle 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 33
Cooper's Hawk 6
Accipiter species 22
Red-shouldered Hawk 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1738
Red-tailed Hawk 7
Buteo species 26
American Kestrel 6
Merlin 1
Falco species 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 6
Rock Pigeon 12
Mourning Dove 18
Chimney Swift 123
Ruby-thrtd Humbrd 5
Red-bellied Wdpkr 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Wood-pewee 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 5
Blck-cap'd Chickadee 3
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 54
Cedar Waxwing 10
Magnolia Warbler 2
Red-winged Blckbrd 3
Common Grackle 3
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 4

Ebird seems to not count those we listed as Genus sp., but I will include the Empidonax, since it was unique, bringing our day total to 35.

And now the additional species for the week - which includes the regulars, such as our Wild Turkeys and some migrating warblers!

Wild Turkey
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Fish Crow
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Northern Parula Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

The total week's list is forty nine species - a great week for Birding West Campus!
Tom - is there anything else you saw during the week that could bring our total to a nice round number - FIFTY!??

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