Terminology Mix-ups

09 May 2016
In the bird watching, bird banding, falconry, or any bird related community there are age class terms that all people use. Some terms have a specific defintion, some are more general, and some are specific only in certain instances. The fact that some terms only have one meaning while others…

Raptor ID App Review

03 May 2016
Read the latest reviews on our Raptor ID App.  Now available in the App Store and Google Play. Download yours today! Birding by American Birding Asosciation BirdWatching   New Raptor ID App Launches for Phones and Tablets App features high-quality video and photos, unlike anything on the market   February…

A Spring Pitfall About Accipiters

03 May 2016
I have a few emails in my inbox on a singular particular issue so I thought I'd just post about it. From about March to June, many juvenile Cooper's Hawks have extremely worn and faded head feathers and start to look as if they have the facial pattern of a…

Golden Eagle Caution

28 April 2016
A few emails came my way about ageing Golden Eagles in flight. Since Golden Eagles are still migrating north in fair numbers (I just saw a few headed north in Utah last weekend), I wanted to re-share a tip (or a caution) on ageing them in flight. Actually, this ‘tip’…

Topside Views!

22 April 2016
Hawks are typically viewed from below, soaring or gliding overhead, and are often depicted in books and magazines this way. Sure, a Red-tailed Hawk is cool from below, but to see one from above with its red tail fanned out...there's just something more exciting about that. Maybe a topside view…

Migration Update From Gunsight Mountain, Alaska

19 April 2016
This blog post was written by Caitlin Davis who, together with Rya Rubenthaler (both have worked at our Goshute raptor migration site in NV the past 4 fall seasons), are the two official hawk counters for HawkWatch International's hawk migration count at Gunsight Mountain, Alaska. Up to date count totals can…

Wing Molt in 1st-year Raptors

11 April 2016
I have a few e-mails in my inbox about wing molt in raptors since many birds at starting their annual molt. I haven't responded yet, and I love the subject…so I figured I'd respond on the blog. I just want to clarify one thing about wing molt. It has always…

Raptor Vocalizations

04 April 2016
Raptors are often thought of as tenacious, strong, aggressive, regal, and any other adjective that goes along with being a predator that soars above mountains or stoops and flies at high speeds. So, you’d think that every one of them would have a screeching, intimidating vocalization such as the Red-tailed…

Gunsight Mountain: Monitoring Raptors at North America's Northernmost Migration Site

22 March 2016
On March 7th, 2016 HawkWatch International began the first full-season of spring raptor migration counts at North America’s northernmost migration site: Gunsight Mountain, Alaska. This snow covered, valley migration site is nestled between the towering and glacier covered Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. These two mountain ranges act as a natural…

Bird Misidentification

15 March 2016
Why are birders afraid to misidentify a bird in front of others birders, or on-line? It really doesn't matter to most people if a mistake is made, I know it doesn't matter to me. Besides, there is no possible way to correctly ID every bird you see in the field…