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Fall River Mills Hawk Count & Survey Today. Numbers are way up!!!!!!

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  • Bob & Carol Yutzy
    Hello all, Many have mentioned that it looks like it might be a good hawk year but we haven t seen much comparative data on it so we were excited to do our
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 8, 2007
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      Hello all,

      Many have mentioned that it looks like it might be a good hawk year but
      we haven't seen much comparative data on it so we were excited to do our
      hawk count today.

      We have last year's data from our 60 mile count route to compare to this
      year's same route except cut to 50 miles.

      On last year's 60 mile route we had 103, 140, 139 & 98 individuals from
      November, December, January & February.
      On this year's 50 mile route on Dec. 8th, (today) we had 229 total birds!
      That is somewhere around 1 & 1/2+ to 2+ times more individuals!

      For example, last year's Red-tailed Hawks were 54, 89, 78, & 61 from
      November, December, January & February.
      This year's December total was 124 Red-tailed Hawks!

      Last year's Rough-legged Hawks for all 4 counts totaled 28 birds and
      this year's Dec. 8th count was 42!

      WOW!
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      It was a pretty cold day with off again and on again (some) sunshine, 40
      degrees or less, with a pretty husky wind in the afternoon. Very light
      snow flurries came in the later afternoon.

      Totals were:

      Bald eagle 5 with 3 imm. & 2 adults
      Northern Harrier 24 with 6 male, 7 female & 11 imm.
      Cooper's Hawk 1 imm.
      Red-shouldered Hawk 2
      Red-tailed Hawk 124 with 18 rufous phase & 3 dark phase
      Ferruginous Hawk 8
      Rough-legged Hawk 42 with 1 dark phase
      Golden Eagle 2 adults
      Am. Kestrel 8 with 7 males and 1 female (possibly means not that great
      Kestrel habitat or there would be more females)
      Merlin 2 with 1 imm. male and 1 adult
      Peregrine Falcon 1 adult
      Prairie Falcon 7
      Great Horned Owl 1
      Loggerhead Shrike 1 adult
      Northern Shrike 1 imm.

      15 species, 229 individuals

      It will be fun to see what other hawk counters get compared with last
      year's numbers.

      Bob & Carol Yutzy
      Shasta, Ca
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