Longshore Flight- April 20

Here’s a quick update on the unique flight recorded yesterday, April 20.  The day was much windier than we’ve had of late.  Highs were in the low 70s, with 20 mph winds from the SE.  Most incredible was the first real hawk flight of the season!  For the day, 64 species making up 5,836 individual birds.  This was the best total count this week.

Highlights for the day included a lone and late Trumpeter Swan on the lake, 1 Solitary Sandpiper (go figure!), 12 Lesser Yellowlegs, 42 Caspian Terns, 4 American White Pelicans, 3 Merlins, 2 Bank Swallows, an early Blue-headed Vireo, 4046 Red-winged Blackbirds, and 126 American Goldfinch.

Probably most exciting was the raptor count.  147 raptors were logged in a few short hours.  48 Broad-winged Hawks were the most numerous bird of the day, with 44 Sharp-shinned Hawks coming in a close second.  All three expected falcons were also logged.

Season total now 139 species.  The full list is here.

 

Red-tailed Hawk of the Season
Red-tailed Hawk over the tower site. 

 

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