Birds are on the move across the continent. Shorebirds, songbirds, waders, most are migrating from northerly breeding grounds toward life-sustaining food resources where birds will spend winter some distances to the south. Birds of prey are also on the move as evidenced by today’s tally atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
This is the 23rd season for monitoring the hawk flight in Acadia. Schoodic Institute coordinates a dedicated team of volunteers and park rangers to collect the data. The annual count, which begins in August and wraps up in late October, averages about 3000 hawks.
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
|Observation start time:||08:45:00|
|Observation end time:||14:00:00|
|Total observation time:||5.25 hours|
|Official Counter||Jim Zeman, Mickey Shortt|
|Observers:||Jim Zeman, Kathy Zeman, Seth Benz, Valerie Griffin|
Sunny with a NNW wind 11.9 mph switching to NNW by 10am and then to NE by 12. No haze today.
3 immature Broad Winged Hawks were identified. Also 2 male and 2 female Kestrels. One Kestrel was seen eating a dragonfly.
28 Dragonflies were counted. 4 Monarch Butterflies. 3 Blue Jays, 1 Northern Flicker, 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Sandpipers, 2 Double-crested Cormorants. 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.