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Meet the Commissary Ridge crew!

24 October 2016 Written by
Text by Dan Green Well, there are only a couple of weeks left in the season and the Commissary Ridge HawkWatch crew still hasn't submitted a blog post.  Fortunately, this is easy enough to fix.  We've had a pretty good count so far.  We have had above-average counts on most…

Bonney Butte: The Gray Ghost

20 October 2016 Written by
Text by Ceeanna Zulla What a whirlwind of three weeks it’s been at the Bonney Butte HawkWatch!  Since we last blogged, Jerry Ligouri along with fellow HawkWatch International staff and veterans visited the site on one of busiest weekends yet.  With all the extra eyes in the sky, we spotted a…

Eagles and Other Creatures at Manzanos

20 October 2016 Written by
Text by Keelan Dann   Another week of migration has passed here at the Manzano Mountains HawkWatch and this one has been filled with the unexpected and beautiful: warm weather, bobcats, bears, falcons, eagles, and more.   During and surrounding peak the crew anticipates many days busy with birds and…

Grand Canyon: High Winds and Hawks

17 October 2016 Written by
Text and photos by Casey Weissburg and Kumara MacLeod This strange and blustery season does not cease to surprise us! As winds intensify, the hawks keep coming. Thursday put to rest our fear of falling short of the historic average with a late season push of over 300 raptors and the…

Grand Canyon: Accipiters Abound!

10 October 2016 Written by
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 Written by
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…