Season Update, Oct 30 2010
We have counted more than 6600 hawks so far this season! And we have had some great specialties! Highlights:
1. A Short-eared Owl flew by the watch, first checking out the owl and then tussling with a Red-tail. What a neat sighting! (Video of SE on winter territory.)
2. Two Rough-legged Hawks this season! A dark morph on Sunday Oct 17, and a light morph Wednesday Oct 20. What a treat. Last year we had our first since 1991 on Nov 2, so there may be more to come.
3. Our first of the year Golden Eagle flew by on Saturday Oct 23.
4. Two Northern Goshawks crossed over the summit on Sunday Oct 24 and Monday Oct 25.
5. We have counted 241 Kestrels this season. This suggests that American Kestrels are on the road to recovery from their very low numbers in the last couple of years.
Analysis to come...... Check the 2010 Season and watch for an overview of this year's status for several species that seem to be doing better than average!
Season Update, Sep 30 2010
We have counted more than 4600 hawks so far this season! What a great job by our counters! We have counted more hawks for most species than our 6 year average from 2004 to 2009.
The best news is the number of American Kestrels. We have counted more in one month this year than our year totals for 2009 (154) and 2008 (152), our lowest two years.
Our Kestrel count of 163 is right at the 6 year average. With another 2 to 3 weeks of the Kestrel season to go, representing <30% of the year totals, we will watch carefully to see if we actually reach the average number of Kestrels as a total. Getting back to average is a very good thing for a species that had almost bottomed out!
Osprey Above Average. Our other success story this season is our Osprey count. At 247, we have counted 26% more OS than average. In fact, in the last 6 years our average yearly count for OS is 252. So, we are already close to the year average for Osprey with about 2 more weeks left in their season.
Other species that are
above average include
Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk,
and Merlin. Of these the most
meaningful difference is for Bald Eagle.
Species that are below
average for this season are
Broad-winged Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawks.