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Update from the Manzanos

03 October 2016 Written by
Text and photos by Phil Kavouriaris Several weeks into the season and we have some interesting tidbits to share with you.  We trapped and banded our first (of many, hopefully) Golden Eagle of the season last week!  We’ve included a few pictures of this gorgeous juvenile male below.  The early…

Grand Canyon: Nearing the Peak

26 September 2016 Written by
Text and photos by Kumara MacLeod and Casey Weissburg We have survived yet another week of wind!  As the peak of season nears, we are grateful for a break from unusually windy and cold weather.  Sunny days and northerly winds have brought our numbers back up and are making us…

Update from the Butte

23 September 2016 Written by
Text by Ceeanna Zulla and Scott Shively   Things are gradually starting to pick up here at Bonney Butte HawkWatch. We had our biggest day so far on Tuesday, September 20th with 98 birds. Turkey Vultures galore (49 migrants) followed by 29 Sharp-shinned Hawks and our first sighting of a Broad-winged Hawk…

Spotting Scopes & Hawk Watching

22 September 2016 Written by
Since it is mid-season of fall hawk migration, I thought I'd share a thought...I hate spotting scopes for hawk watching (I mean birds in flight on migration, not sitting birds). OK, hate is a strong word, but why do I feel this way? Because I think it hinders the learning…

Grand Canyon: ‘Tis the Season to See Broad-wings!

19 September 2016 Written by
Text by Benjamin West Peak season has arrived at the Grand Canyon HawkWatch!   We saw our thousandth bird of the season, a Red-tailed Hawk, on Wednesday, September 14th, and our count as of September 18th is 1,971.  We’re only three weeks into the season, but we’ve already surpassed the historical…

'Adult-like' 1st-year Sharp-shinned Hawks

18 September 2016 Written by
Many 1st-year (juvenile) Sharp-shinned Hawks are heavily marked underneath and appear adult-like. I attached a few good examples of this plumage type (note their brown faces, blobby markings on the chest/belly, and yellow eyes that qualify them as 1st-year birds)...it is common on females and less common on males. 1st-year…