123 Raptors... First Roughlegged Hawk of Season


A large group gathered today in hopes of some great sightings.(thanks to Pat Anderson for this group photo). We had a decent day,but Turkey Vultures and Redtailed Hawks didnt move in any sizeable numbers. We did get several great views of the local Redtailed Hawk. Some saw a very light tundrius Peregrine Falcon,while,others caught a quick view of a Northern Goshawk as it sped through our field of view very closely. Mike 2 gets points for the first of season(and life bird for himself) of a light-morph juvenile Roughlegged Hawk. Can a Golden Eagle be far behind?
Todays count was 123 raptors and consisted of:
50-Turkey Vulture
8-Northern Harrier
48-Sharpshinned Hawk(39 off a new season record total)
3-Coopers Hawk
2-Northern Goshawk
2-Redshouldered Hawk
1-Roughlegged Hawk
7-Redtailed Hawk
1-Merlin
1-Peregrine Falcon
Thanks to everyone for coming out today. I didnt get all the names but thanks to Mike2,Walter,Beryl,Carol,Pat,Nancy,Hugh,Jean and Ron,Peter and Bruce for their contributions today.

Bill Baker sent along this shot from yesterdays Peregrine Falcon release of the moment of freedom. Thanks Bill,nice capture.

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