Grand Canyon: Accipiters Abound!

10 October 2016
Text by Ben West We just finished up our sixth week of counts at the Grand Canyon HawkWatch. As of Sunday, October 9, we’ve counted 4,142 migrating raptors so far this season, meaning we need less than 900 raptors to surpass the average season total of 4980! As is typical,…

Manzanos "vortex" of birds

10 October 2016
Text and photos by Marie Soderbergh What an exciting week our Manzano Mountains HawkWatch crew has had! As we closed out September and are getting into the swing of October, the birds have certainly been soaring our way! We caught our first Peregrine Falcon of the season, along with the…

Chelan: Peregrine v Sharp-shinned

10 October 2016
Text by Jessica Buskirk Another week seems to have passed as quickly as a Peregrine Falcon dive bombing a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Seriously though, that was a sight we witnessed right next to us on the obs. Peregrine Falcons not only resemble fighter jets (or really the other way around) but…

Ferruginous Away - Migration is on!

05 October 2016
Blog by Jesse Watson Raptor migration is in full swing and nothing is more exciting than observing thousands of hawks headed towards their wintering grounds (or breeding grounds in the spring).  One North American raptor species that we don’t often hear about during migration is the Ferruginous Hawk.  Although a…

Chelan Ridge: A Kestrel Makes 1,000

03 October 2016
Text and photos by Jessica Buskirk and TC Walker Welcome to mid-season at Chelan Ridge!  We’ve been busy on top of the mountain with great visitors from all over the state.  Our very own Jesse Watson and Dave Oleyar, many Chelan Ridge vets, returnees, and first time visitors from the…

More Uncommon Birds at the Grand Canyon

03 October 2016
Text and photos by Casey Weissburg, Kumara MacLeod, and Ben West Although this week started with a promising day of good weather and raptor movement, Monday was soon followed by what is now a weekly pattern for us, of disruptive storms and strong south winds bringing dramatic drops in numbers.…

Update from the Manzanos

03 October 2016
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
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
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
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…