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1 day ago

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We had a really good push of raptors and a few early migrants Tuesday ahead of the a couple of unsettled days coming up, but the weekend looks spectacular weather-wise!

Over a 1,000 RED-TAILED HAWKS were recorded Tuesday and the first decent day of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS (215), along with a respectable push of TURKEY VULTURES (526). 13 species of raptors were tallied and the first report of a BROAD-WINGED HAWK came from Ryan Brady on the south shore of Wisconsin, so they are not far away. Perhaps this weekend we will see a handful?

Today we are again at Thompson Hill, currently there is very little wind, and we hope the slight east wind will hold off the rain until it envelops the Northland late afternoon.

By the numbers:-

dunkadoo.org/explore/hawk-ridge-bird-observatory/west-skyline-hawk-count-spring-2019
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2 days ago

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Should be a decent day and we are at Thompson Hill Tuesday. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Finally, after what seems like an age we received a good push of birds today with Frank Nicoletti .

It appears April will mirror what we had in March, slow in the first half, with strong push of birds that have been backed up waiting for some respectable weather!

With the majority of the breeding BALD EAGLES now north of us it’s the RED-TAILED HAWKS (590 today) taking center stage. Today was no exception with a decent few hours of glorious sunshine and light NE winds providing conditions worthy of migrating.

One of the great things about RED-TAILS is there is no two the same, varying widely in plumage. From the very light (Krider’s type) to rufous/dark-morph, it’s always fun to see what comes overhead next!

One of the counters favorites is the dark-morph types as we only see about 1-2 for every 100 RED-TAILS we count, so they are quite special. We had 7 today!!!

Hopefully, we will be on the upward trend as more birds are heading north, tomorrow looks like we will be at Thompson Hill with easterly winds.

By the numbers:-

dunkadoo.org/explore/hawk-ridge-bird-observatory/west-skyline-hawk-count-spring-2019
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