By Joe Sebastiani: Seasonal Program Team Leader
This was a great week at the Ashland Hawk Watch. The weather did not look that promising with winds out of the southeast, thick clouds brewing, and periods of rain, but that didn’t stop lots of raptors from flying south. Cyrus Moqtaderi, our official counter, and his dedicated staff of volunteers tallied 1,317 hawks pass Ashland this past Monday through Friday. Highlights include our first Golden Eagle and Northern Goshawk of the season plus over 200 Osprey, which is certainly the best 5-days for Osprey in the history of the Hawk Watch.
It was also a great week for Sharp-shinned Hawk with 341, and 208 American Kestrel is excellent. Broad-winged Hawks also made a reappearance on Friday with 247 cruising by. Finally, 15 Peregrine Falcons in 5 days at Ashland is pretty good for this usually coastal migrant. We usually only get around 25 in an entire season.
For one of the best wildlife viewing experiences around, visit the Ashland Hawk Watch, any day now through November. Early October is usually really alive with hawks, so come soon! For all the totals of the season so far, visit our HawkCount site. Also, October 9 is the Big Sit at the Ashland Hawk Watch, where the Twitching Talons team will try to identify as many species from the site as possible…all day long. Lots of good food and good people will be there, so don’t miss it!