[Tweeters] dark phase Broad-winged Hawk at Port Townsend

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Tue May 18 10:19:14 PDT 2021

This morning there was a dark phase BROAD-WINGED HAWK over the top of Fort
Warden, Port Townsend.

Many pics and full list at https://ebird.org/checklist/S88462982

The past few days many vultures (up to 55 recorded by Alex Patia the other
day) have been riding thermals over the hill and then gliding across the
strait toward Whidbey Island. Alex also had a BWHA the other day. This
morning there were only a few vultures. The dark BWHA came in rather low
and circled about twice treetop level for several minutes, drifting north,
but then re-appeared 20 minutes later with a Turkey Vulture, allowing for
some side-by-side pics.

A cold front with rain quickly followed, so the bird may still be in the

Another highlight of local interest was a Bullock's Oriole in the trees
near the lighthouse.

good birding,

Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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