Weekly ID Review for August 11-17

18 August 2014
Here are a few pics sent to me for ID this past week (some were sent a while ago...). The photo by Chris Neri was identified correctly (Chris is a raptor nut), but he thought it would make for a good post. I think if we put our brains together…

Hawk Watchers Chime in on Optics

15 August 2014
I thought I would ask a few long-time hawk watchers I know a question, since I was personally interested in their answer. The question is "If you had only one choice of binocular (without the use of a scope) to watch hawks with, what pair would you prefer?" The answers…

ID Review (August 4-10)

11 August 2014
Here are a few pics sent to me for ID this past week. I was wondering if anyone out there could help me ID them? I already responded on them, so I hope I'm not wrong, that wouldn't be fun! If I posted anyone's image here that would like it…

Fledgling Hawks

08 August 2014
Someone (c. Sellers) just sent me a photo of a Mississippi Kite fledgling in their yard (image #1). It made me think how neat it would be to have a Mississippi Kite nest to watch for an entire nesting season. First, they arrive from South America, a feat within itself!…

Check the Underwing Coverts...

05 August 2014
Fall hawk migration is just about starting, in fact, I just saw a Swainson's Hawk and Kestrel moving south along the Wasatch Range on my hike yesterday. This means hawk migration counts and hawk banding projects will be in full swing soon and I wanted to relay this message to…

HawkWatch International to Re-Open Lipan Point Migration Site with Funding from AZGFD Heritage Fund

August 1, 2014 – After being closed for six years due to funding constraints, HawkWatch International (HWI) will re-open the Lipan Point Count Site at Grand Canyon National Park for the 2014 fall raptor migration season. This site will be one of nine annual migration counts conducted or co-sponsored by…

Weekly Review of Raptor ID's

28 July 2014
Here are a few pics sent to me last week, and two older photos (06, 07) I was given permission to post. Let's see if we can ID them as a group....all of these photos were taken in the month of July except 07, which was taken in December-February (not…

A Fish Story

24 July 2014
My friend Larry just sent me a photo of an Osprey from Oregon carrying an eel, and it reminded me of a story from late September, 1994. I was the hawk counter at Cape May Point, NJ just going about my business trying to count birds as best I could.…

...another Golden season

22 July 2014
Several times throughout the season, usually around the camp fire, we would discuss how lucky we are to have a job as exciting and interesting as putting GPS transmitters on the backs of Golden Eagles. I understand this mustn't make much sense to you. It's usually only through photos that…

A Neat Harlan's Record

21 July 2014
Check out this juvenile Harlan's. It was caught at Braddock Bay, NY in the spring of 2003 (where I spent the spring of 1994, 1996, and 1997, and would love to get back to). This is a rare occurrence that far East, but there are a few records. The neat…