Last week I was watching the weather for Sunday, as it was looking good for a hawk flight. Moderate-to-strong NW winds were forecast. A bit to my surprise (used to being disappointed this fall!) the forecast held true. We had a classic day for a coastal hawk flight with gusty NW winds pushing birds right to the coast.
In all, 1159 raptors of 13 species were tallied at the hawk watch, with the bonus of a fantastic flight of hundreds of Purple Finches and Pine Siskins. The bird of the day was a young GOLDEN EAGLE that passed over the park around 2:45pm. the first of the year for this location.
|immature Golden Eagle|
|immature Golden Eagle (same as above)|
|immature Bald Eagle going away, for comparison|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk (top) with Cooper's Hawk|