Broad-winged Hawk with Odd Tail

05 May 2014
I had a note in my inbox titled "odd molt?" and the subject of molt always interests me. So, I opened the email from my friend Matt and he was wondering what was up with the juvenile Broad-winged Hawk (right) he photographed in Texas on April 24th. He mentioned Bill…

Bleached Raptors

02 May 2014
I love when people send me hawk photos. It allows me to see birds and plumage variants I never would have seen otherwise. This time of year you will see a number of birds (especially juveniles from the previous summer) faded and molting, which prompted me to post this blog…

Cooper's Hawks looking "Sharpie-like"

22 April 2014
I got a few emails this week regarding Sharp-shinned Hawk vs. Cooper's Hawk, with photos to review. Of course, this is an ongoing ID issue since the two species look so darn similar. ALL of the birds in this composite are Cooper's Hawks! Some look small headed, some look square…

Cooper's Hawks with "skinny legs?"

14 April 2014
How many Cooper's Hawk photos have you seen identified as Sharp-shinned Hawks based on their "skinny legs?" I know I have seen many! Do Sharp-shinned Hawks have skinny legs….of course. But, Cooper's Hawks can have skinny legs as well (especially males). Here are a few photos of Cooper's Hawks…check out…

HWI Presents on Phenology at Raptor Symposium

08 April 2014
Last month, HawkWatch International in partnership with the USFS Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest delivered a presentation at the Raptors of the Northwest Symposium. The presentation, titled “Raptor Migration Monitoring and Predictive Modeling in the Northwest,” was authored by HWI’s Steve Slater and Shawn Hawks and USFS’s Kent Woodruff, and discussed our…

HWI American Kestrel Study underway

08 April 2014
Spring 2014 markes the second season of our American Kestrel Study. With the help of our awesome citizen science volunteers, we have nearly doubled the number of nextboxes we are monitoring. Several are new ones we have put up, and some were inherited from other groups who installed them with…

Manzanos Update

30 October 2013
Manzanos will be closing down for the season on Nov 5. As of 10/29/2013, the site counted 4,900 raptor species and banded 697. Great work to the awesome crew up at Manzanos this year: Bob Baez (lead observer), Teresa Ely (Lead Bander), Sarah Dudek (observer), Ben Dudek (Bander), Ian Dolly…

Chelan Ridge Update

29 October 2013
Last update for the 2013 season from the Chelan Ridge crew: The season at Chelan Ridge has officially come to a close. This past week the crew packed up camp and moved it down the mountain. We are now preparing to move our separate ways after sharing two and a…

Bonney Butte Update

25 October 2013
Count update from the Bonney Butte crew: Things are slowing down on Bonney Butte. After two weeks of warm, beautiful weather and many days of over 90 birds, the last two days have brought counts of 29 and 39 birds. Our banders caught a Golden Eagle this week, the second…

Bonney Butte Update

22 October 2013
Count update from the Bonney Butte crew: We continue to count under clear skies & the forecast looks clear through Halloween. Season Totals (as of 10/21/13): 979 Sharp-shinned Hawk193 Cooper's Hawk9 Northern Goshawk69 Unknown Accipiter3 Broad-winged Hawk389 Red-tailed Hawk1 Ferruginous Hawk4 Rough-legged Hawk49 Unknown Buteo14 American Kestrel65 Merlin4 Prairie Falcon7…