[Tweeters] Hawkwatch?

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Sat Sep 26 22:28:02 PDT 2015


Hi Teresa,

I cannot speak to you about good locations, since I have little experience
in the matter (though this year's Hawk Migration Festival was held at Slate
Peak in the eastern North Cascades, so obviously that's considered a good
place to look), but I can tell you that the late September is the best time
of the entire year to watch migrating hawks!

Starting in the second week of September across the East and in Texas,
1,000s of Broad-winged Hawks swirl in great flocks called kettles above
mountain ranges and the Gulf Coast coastal plain. And at sites across the
U.S. and Canada, hawks are streaming along mountain ridges and riding
thermals on their way south by the thousands. We even get a few Broad-wings
over here in Washington from time to time in this time of year (though
apparently as birders have learned in the past couple years, the best place
to look for rare Broad-winged Hawks in Washington is Neah Bay around May
1st), and good numbers of this normally Eastern hawk species pass over Hawk
Hill in San Francisco. You can see their daily tallies here:

http://www.parksconservancy.org/conservation/plants-animals/raptors/research/daily-hawk-count.html

So yes, this is absolutely the best time of the year! In fact, you couldn't
have chosen a better time. :)

Good birding, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh.n.glant at gmail.com

On Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM, Teresa Michelsen <
teresa at avocetconsulting.com> wrote:


> Dear Tweets:

>

> A friend and I are thinking of looking for migrating hawks on Sunday. We

> have some pretty basic questions – is this the right time of year? We’re in

> Seattle/North Bend. Any good spots within reasonable drive/hike? Please

> excuse our uncertainty – it seems there may be many possible migration

> routes and not sure of the best places. Chelan is not open due to fires.

>

>

>

> Teresa Michelsen

>

> Lately of North Bend

>

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