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It was a toasty but bird-filled to be at the West Skyline Hawk Count! An exciting push of morning flight brought many warblers through the area. Mid-morning kettles of Bald Eagles and Broad-winged Hawks followed after the songbirds tapered off. A total of 61 bird species were observed today! Visitors and counters were treated to eye-level views of Bald Eagles and Broad-winged Hawks just barely beyond the drop off. Here's the eBird list from today's hawk count. ebird.org/checklist/S88417200Thanks to Erik Bruhnke for sharing these photos from today. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today's flight of birds along the West Skyline Hawk Count was pretty diverse, topped with several newly-arrived species. The morning flight started off with over 1,200 Blue Jays, nine species of beautiful warblers (several were first-of-the-year for the count), a dapper male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and more. As the day progressed we were treated to close views of Broad-winged Hawks, speedy Merlin, swirling flocks of Chimney Swifts, and a Gray Ghost (adult male Northern Harrier) at the end of the day. Below is an eBird checklist of all of the birds seen today from the West Skyline Hawk Count.ebird.org/checklist/S88031221Thanks to Erik Bruhnke for sharing these photos from today. ... See MoreSee Less
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